Romac adds 10 CNG Ivecos to fleet

Romac Logistics has put 10 new Iveco S-WAY CNG tractor unit into service on its fleet of 220 trucks.

The 4x2 units will operate across a number of contracts that include work for a national supermarket chain as well as trunking between major RDCs for an e-commerce business.

Powered by a 12.9-litre Natural Power Cursor 13 engine producing 460hp and 2,000Nm of torque, Romac has also specified the trucks with the largest possible AS cab as well as TomTom satellite navigation and 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Five of the gas trucks will be based out of Romac’s headquarters near Middleton in Manchester, with the other five working out of a depot in Wednesbury.

“Not only is there the important CO2 benefit, but there’s a cost advantage to gas fuelling so we intend to get these running as efficiently as possible, utilising them on double shifts over a 24hr period,” said Andy Newnes, Romac’s commercial director.

“CNG is something that we wanted to tap into as part of our sustainability agenda and that seems to resonate as a number of interested parties have approached us since we began shouting about the gas trucks,” he said.

Romac has partnered with CNG Fuels for a supply of 100% renewable biomethane, and with the trucks expected to cover around 160,000kms per year, an estimated 125 tonnes of CO2 will be saved per vehicle.

“CNG Fuels is delighted to be working with Romac Logistics and supporting them with their rollout of Bio-CNG trucks. These vehicles will be running on our 100% renewable and sustainable biomethane fuel, helping Romac and their clients achieve more than an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,” added Peter Eaton, sales & business director at CNG Fuels.

The trucks have been supplied by South West Truck & Van in Avonmouth on a 5-year IVECO Capital Operating Lease and will be covered by a 3XL repair and maintenance package.

TVS Group takes over Wilcox

TVS Wisbech factory

Total Vehicle Solutions (TVS) Group, the Wisbech-based manufacturer of commercial vehicle ancillaries (pictured), has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Wilcox Group Ltd, makers of aluminium rigid and trailer tipping bodies and exclusive UK agents for CIFA Mixers. This is TVS Group’s first acquisition since its 2019 creation, which brought together SB Components, Priden Engineering and McPhee mixers.

The founders of the Wilcox business, which operates out of a 45,000sq ft facility in Market Deeping and employs 100 staff, Vito Ronzano and Chris Bartlett, will continue to lead it under the new ownership.

TVS Group executive chairman Craig Harris said: “Wilcox brings another leading UK specialist manufacturing firm into TVS Group. It gives me great pleasure to welcome the highly skilled team led by Vito and Chris, who have led the business from strength to strength in recent years. We have had the pleasure of working with Wilcox on a number of occasions and know how highly regarded the business is in the industry. Wilcox will expand our customer offer as we continue to build the TVS Group as the leading player in providing manufacturing solutions to the commercial and industrial vehicle industry in the UK and Europe.”

Wilcox MD Ronzano added “This is a significant milestone for Wilcox and we are excited to be joining TVS Group who can take our growth to the next level. We look forward to offering our clients even more services and products and pooling expertise and resources with other TVS Group companies. Chris Bartlett and I would like to thank the whole team at Wilcox for their continued hard work and dedication, especially over the last year, which has seen has us continue to deliver for customers to the highest standard, despite the challenges of the pandemic.”