Demand sees 26-strong Volvo order from Knowles

Knowles Transport has ordered 26 new Volvo FH460 Turbo Compound trucks, following what it described as a recent spike in business and as part of a fleet replacement programme.

The warehousing and logistics specialist, which already operates a fleet of 120 vehicles, placed the order with Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia in Ely.

Due for delivery in May, June and September 2021, the trucks will be fitted with the manufacturer’s I-Save fuel economy system and the purchase includes five-year service, R&M contracts for each.

“Volvo’s product offering and strong back-up from Volvo Truck and Bus Ely was a key part in the decision-making process,” said managing director, Alex Knowles, “the latest turbo-compound engines are more fuel efficient, particularly on long-haul, [which] helps us manage costs and minimise environmental impact.”

“Ensuring operational efficiency and uptime is at the very forefront of Knowles’ ethos. This has been demonstrated through our continual investment programme in the latest engine and vehicle technology.

“Our investment in the 26 Volvo FH460s once again expresses this commitment to this long-standing ethos and further extends our long-term relationship with Volvo.”

Scottish Isuzu dealer duo commence sales


Two Isuzu parts and service dealers in Scotland have expanded their operations to sales, due to what the manufacturer described as increased in demand in their regions.

Elgin Truck and Van Centre, in the north of Scotland, will do so at its Elgin and Inverness sites, while Norscot Truck and Van will supply vehicles in Dundee.

The former company’s operations director Colin Milne, and the latter’s sales manager Richard Taylor, will be responsible for sales at their respective locations.  

“Both Norscot and Elgin Truck and Van joined the ITUK dealer network over a year ago as parts and service dealers,” said Isuzu’s head of sales Richard Waterworth, “this next step to full dealer status is a logical move for each organisation, who are both seeing an increasing demand for the Isuzu Truck marque in their areas of the country.”

“With business levels expanding significantly in such a short time, it is now the right time to capitalise on this growing interest in the Isuzu range from operators in the area,” said Elgin’s dealer principal, Colin Scott.

“[We] will benefit from the Isuzu truck range filling a gap in the GVW sectors where we currently do not have a product offering, as well as targeting niche markets where the Isuzu’s proven payload is an important factor,” added Norscot MD George Barrack.