Fowler Welch to trial longer semi-trailer

Fowler Welch has become the third UK operator to begin on-road trails of a longer semi-trailer, under the Department for Transport's ten-year trial.

The new 15.65m, tri-axle curtain-sider made by SDC will run out of Fowler Welch's Heywood, Lancashire, distribution centre for an initial period of rear-steer training. A further two trailers are being built for Fowler Welch by SDC.

The ambient, chilled and FMCG operator says the longer trailers will accommodate an extra four pallets per load offering benefits to its high-volume customers.

Fowler Welch is the third operator, after Wincanton and Stobart Group, to run longer trailers.

Launched last December, the trial could see up to 180 operators running 900 14.6m and 900 15.65m trailers across the country.

Wincanton reveals more Chevron contract details

Wincanton has released more details of its new contracts with Chevron, which it first revealed earlier this month.

The logistics firm has signed two separate contracts with different Chevron divisions: Marine and Lubricants.

The three-year deal with Chevron Marine will see Wincanton distribute lubricants nationwide to customers in the shipping sector.

Wincanton has also secured a three-year extension to its Chevron Lubricants deal, which sees it deliver 7.4 million litres of oil to customers nationwide annually.

Chris Kingshott, MD of manufacturing at Wincanton, says: β€œThe relationship with Chevron goes back to 1992.

"During this time, Chevron has moved to three different production facilities – Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent and Leeds – and with each move we have relocated our operation along with the customer.”