KCS turns to Iveco for daily grind
Supply firm KCS has taken delivery of 13 Iveco Daily 70C18A8 seven-tonne panel vans.
The company, which is owned by Kent Country Council and specialises in supply to the public sector, acquired the vehicles via Days Fleet to replace a series of three-year-old models on its distribution fleet.
They were delivered as the UK entered lockdown and have subsequently been used to distribute teaching resources and equipment directly to students’ homes under the organisation’s new KCS Connect scheme.
They have also been employed to transport PPE equipment and cleaning supplies to the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, care homes, schools and councils in the south of England.
The vans are powered by 180hp 3.0-litre engines coupled to eight-speed automatic transmissions. They are fitted with reversing cameras with external audible warnings, seven-inch Hi-Connect infotainment systems – including a DAB radio, Bluetooth, voice control, truck navigation with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility – and the manufacturer’s Connectivity Box telematics system and Business+ Pack, comprising air conditioning, cruise control, electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, driver’s lumbar support, front fog lights and LED headlamps.
They were supplied with Iveco’s Elements 3XL repair and maintenance package, which covers servicing, mechanical components, electrics and brakes.
Hiab launches crane and chassis combo for SMEs
Hiab has launched a crane and chassis combo for the SME market, which it claims can be built in less than a week.
Known as the T-Boom Frameworks, the crane can lift 995kg at 1.2 metres and has a maximum lift of 430kg at 4.2 metres. The firm said it can be fitted to any type of chassis and cab and is aimed at sole traders and small supply chain operators, such as groundworkers, builders and landscape gardeners.
It is the first time it has offered a crane and chassis directly from its installation centres, and said the quick turnaround was conceived to help operators respond to changing market conditions, along with a likely rise in the number of self-employed traders and small businesses.
“In the last six months, the marketplace has changed considerably for businesses and many are looking for greater flexibility when it comes to investing in new equipment,” said Hiab’s UK managing director, Ian Mitchell.
“The Hiab T-Boom Frameworks is a quick full body and crane solution for people handling close-range heavy lifting needs. There is no welding on installation and the crane can be mounted on any corner of the chassis.
“Never before have we offered a one-stop-shop to customers and we are really excited to be launching our Hiab T-Boom Frameworks at a time when we’re expecting to see an increase in sole traders and small business owners establishing new business ventures.”