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.

MAN’s UK boss Thomas Hemmerich has been reassigned to South Korea

MAN Truck & Bus UK MD Thomas Hemmerich (pictured) will be replaced by Stefan Thyssen on 1 July.

Hemmerich, who has headed-up the UK operation since 2017, has been appointed MD of MAN Truck and Bus Korea, where his areas of responsibility will include South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Commenting on his new role, Hemmerich said: “It is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving the UK. I have really enjoyed my time leading the team in the UK. I have been privileged to work with an outstanding team of individuals.

“I am delighted to announce that Stefan Thyssen – previously financial director of MAN Truck & Bus UK – will be returning to the UK as managing director and I would like to take the opportunity to wish him every success in his new role.”

Thyssen, who has been MD of the Scandinavian markets since 2020, said: “This will be a super exciting journey thinking about what lays ahead of us. I cannot wait to start meeting my old and new colleagues, out partners and of course our customers.”