Third-party logistics provider Howard Tenens has taken delivery of four new rigid trucks that each feature bodies designed and built by Winsford-based Tiger Trailers.
The bodies are mounted to two 7.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Ategos and two 18-tonne Mercedes-Benz Antos trucks and represent the first time Howard Tenens has opted for outright ownership over contract hire – a decision based on Tiger Trailers’ ability to deliver end-to-end service at a competitive rate.
Richard Philpotts, National Fleet and Compliance Manager for Howard Tenens, comments: “Tiger Trailers built one of the double deck trailers we have on contract hire, so we had absolute confidence in the build quality and reliability. When combined with a very competitive price, we saw the potential for some significant savings to our operation; it made choosing ownership over contract hire a viable option.”
Tiger Trailers’ efficient and cost-effective manufacturing process allows it to personalise each build to meet individual customer specifications. In this case, the trucks will primarily be used to transport vending machines, so bespoke features like internal stair-walker charging points were included, as well as large power-closure tail lifts that feature a special floor coating to ensure near-silent operation – making them ideal for handling night-time deliveries in residential areas.
Philpotts continues: “Tiger built each new body from the ground up, working with us from the outset to ensure the choices we made for each build were the right ones for our business – they even explained how they’d be helping to keep costs down! This level of service made the entire process a really positive experience, from start to finish.”
The four trucks are split equally between the firm’s depots in Manchester and west London and will be on the road an average of five days a week. They are expected to remain in operation with Howard Tenens for between three to five years.
With an extensive transport network and 3.5 million ft2 of warehousing facilities, Howard Tenens provides third party logistics services to a variety of sectors, including food and drink, retail and the automotive industry.
Source: Uk Haulier