Williams celebrates 50 years with new Iveco S-WAY

Iveco Guest S-WAY Williams

Cambridgeshire haulier RD Williams and Sons (Haulage) has celebrated its fifty years in the business with the purchase of a highly-specced example of Iveco’s new S-WAY. Williams was the first UK operator to order the new model, one of two, from Guest Truck and Van.

The 6x2 S-WAY, powered by a 480 Cursor 11 engine, has a specification that includes upper rear lockers, alloy wheels and perimeter lighting kit. It joins the 50 trucks and 100 trailers on the Huntingdon-based fleet, whose operations include moving floor haulage and pallet transport, as a member of TPN.

Andy Williams, director and third-generation leader of the business, said: “We have a range of Iveco vehicles across our fleet and when we were introduced to the Iveco S-WAY, I felt it would complement our fleet perfectly. It is a fantastic vehicle and obviously, by going with the premium specification, we feel we will be getting the absolute best from what it has to offer.”

Delivery of the new truck was made by Guest key account director Bal Singh, who has dealt with Williams for over half its life. He said “We are delighted to continue this partnership with Williams and think it should make a perfect fiftieth birthday present for Andy and the team. The Iveco S-WAY has already proven to be incredibly popular amongst our clients, thanks to its clean and green credentials and incredible connectivity. The team have gone all out to ensure that they get the absolute best this incredible vehicle has to offer and I am sure they will put it to good use.”

Ross Davies to head up Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ UK district management and connectivity sales teams

Ross Davies has been appointed as Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK’s head of district management and connectivity sales teams.

Davies was previously based in Dubai, where he held the position of head of sales, key accounts and used truck for Mercedes-Benz Trucks in the Middle East and North Africa region, and was responsible for steering manufacturer and distributor sales operations in 19 markets.

Explaining his decision to return to the UK after a decade away, Ross said: “It was time for my next big challenge. I was attracted by the maturity of the market here in the UK, and by the opportunities that are presenting themselves at the moment under the new leadership of MD Wolfgang Theissen, whose vision is to cement Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ position on the podium.

“Our aim is to reinforce the trust that operators of new and used Mercedes-Benz and FUSO vehicles place in our dealer network. Across sales, customer service and parts, we must build an aura of quality and professionalism, that reassures our customers we are there to support them through thick and thin.”

Reporting to Davies are four district managers: James Collins, Scott Miller, Gary North and Stephen Richardson; with a fifth member of the team yet to be appointed.

“It’s certainly our job to help dealers maintain and develop their relationships with established Mercedes-Benz customers,” he continued. “However, an equally important aspect of the district manager’s role is to spark ideas and new initiatives that can help us win new converts to our brand.”

It is the first time that Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK’s head of district management has been responsible for connectivity as well, and Davies will have three connectivity specialists reporting to him.