Speed Welshpool aims for the stars

Speed Welshpool, the independent parcel, pallet and general haulage provider covering Mid Wales and Shropshire, has celebrated a record trading year with the acquisition of a special commemorative Scania R520 V8. In the 10 years of its ownership by the Edwards family, the business had been projected to pass a turnover of £5.2m in the latest financial year. However the actual figure turned out to be in excess of £5.6m.

With activities including membership of the Palletways and DX Freight networks, Speed Welshpool also engages in general haulage, including the prestigious Radnor Hills bottled water distribution contract.

MD George Edwards said: “A happy coincidence that we ended up smashing this milestone and the vehicle we looked at buying was a 520. We are very driver focussed so wanted to get some special kit - with a Scania being a driver’s truck, we thought why not and let’s go for a V8. One idea led to another and we then thought let’s get this wrapped in some special graphics to really stand out from the crowd. And here we are!”

The truck, acquired from West Pennine Trucks in Knighton, has a unique livery featuring elements of its regular star-spangled design, with the prominent addition of the motto Per Aspera Ad Astra, "through hardships to the stars".

Montracon beefs-up machine carriers with MT70

Trailer manufacturer Montracon has broadened its machinery carrier range with the launch of the new 4-axle MT70.

Designed for operations up to 70 tonnes, key features include a lower approach 1,450mm air neck ramp, BPW axles, 4,000mm x 1,000mm double flip hydraulic ramps with side shift, a Warrior EN 6000 electric winch, two rear-steer axles, strobe and work lights and a full set of outrigger timbers.

“Due to high demand for the MT45 3-axle trailer, Montracon is now adding the MT70 to its machinery carrier range,” said national account manager for special products Jeff Wright.

“The successful modular approach of the MT45 means the same ethos has been adopted within the MT70 product.”