Platts Transport returns to Volvo for FH 500s with I-Save

George Barrow
October 29, 2022

Platts Transport has taken delivery of three new Volvo FH 500 with I-Save to distribute raw materials for sister company Platts Agriculture, as well as other general haulage loads.

Specified with Globetrotter XL cabs, the 6x2 tractor units are replacing three older Volvo FHs in the fleet,  and have been supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials.

Chosen for their driver comfort, fuel efficiency and the aftersales support provided by Thomas Hardie the Wrexham-based business will use the trucks with moving floor trailers, and are expected to cover around 80,000km a year.

Chris Whittaker, MD at Platts Transport, said: “We’ve run Volvos for a number of years now and the drivers all love the trucks. The Globetrotter XL cabs give them a superb working environment, and we have specified these latest additions to a very high standard to ensure we’re giving our staff the best tools for the job.

“The support we receive from the team at Thomas Hardie is brilliant, while we are also expecting very good fuel returns from the turbo compound engines. Overall, it’s just a very, very good package.”

The units will operate seven days a week, with drivers doing shifts of four days on and four days off. Platts Transport was set up in April 2020, primarily to ensure continued supply of raw materials for Platts Agriculture during the pandemic, but now provides them with all their transport requirements as well as supplying general haulage work for customers across the UK and Ireland.

The FHs are supported by a three-year Volvo Gold Contracts with all scheduled servicing and maintenance due to be carried out by the Thomas Hardie Commercials depot in Deeside.

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George Barrow

George Barrow has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years, starting off his career in the car industry and ending up in commercial vehicles via a brief detour to cover technology, science and start-ups. Often found behind the wheel of a new product, his real interest lies in the business side of the automotive industry. George is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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