Hawthorns Logistics impressed by first of six New Scania order


A Washington-based haulier is “over the moon” with the first two of six new Next Generation Scania tractor units. 

Hawthorns Logistics director Chris Kilsby said the operator chose the V8 S-series Scanias because of their promising residual value.

“They’re considerably more expensive, but we’re gone down the route with the V8 models because of residual value,” he told CM.  

He added that the company had switched to running Scania from another manufacturer, because the Swedish manufacturer offered more reliable support services and has a dealership a mile down the road from its site. 

Feedback on the two Scanias, which are already out on the road, has been strong so far. 

Kilsby said: “The drivers love them. They’ve got the leather packing and Microlise, fridge freezers, reclining swivel passenger seats. The drivers can’t stop polishing them!”

“They’ve been completely revamped. The interior is completely different to the old R-series, and more streamlined. We’re over the moon with them. Time will tell on the residual values, but we’re hopeful.” 

The remaining four vehicles will be delivered between September and November, and the additions will be used in either a one-truck-one-driver operation or 24-hour trunking. 

Kilsby said Hawthorns intends to use trucks on the former for five years, and the vehicles working around the clock for around three. 

The new tractor units are pictured here with specially designed trailers in Great North Air Ambulance liveries, which the operator has supported for 12 months. 

“Around three years ago one of our vehicles was involved in a road traffic incident when a car driver took a funny turn and collided with one of our trucks. We believe the air ambulance that attended the scene saved that man’s life,” Kilsby told CM. 

The livery is available to buy on a model of one of Hawthorn’s previous Scania trucks, with all proceeds going to the Great North Air Ambulance. 

Tip-ex and Tank-ex Awards 2017 shortlists announced

Tip-ex and Tank-ex Awards 2017


The shortlists for the Tip-ex and Tank-ex Awards 2017 have been revealed.

The winners will be announced at the Tip-ex and Tank-ex awards and gala dinner at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on Friday 2 June. Visit the Tip-ex website to book your place at this must-attend event.

Tip-ex and Tank-ex will take place at the Harrogate Convention Centre on 1-3 June. 

Show Innovation Award              

Sponsored by Iveco     

  • Winner to be announced on the night

Image of the Industry   

Sponsored by Wilcox Commercials

  • Winner to be announced on the night

Tanker Safety Award

Sponsored by Roadvacs

  • Allensway
  • Bibby Distribution
  • Wincanton

Tipper Safety Award

Sponsored by Vehicle Weighing Solutions

  • Cemex UK
  • McGee Group
  • O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Tanker Operator of the Year      

Sponsored by Feldbinder UK

  • Arla Foods
  • Lomas Distribution
  • Turners (Soham)

Tipper Haulier of the Year          

Sponsored by Montracon

  • McGee Group
  • Mick George
  • O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Personality of the Year

Sponsored by Hyva        

  • Winner to be announced on the night