Gregory Distribution, one of the UK’s largest and best known independent transport operators, has declared Scania its preferred supplier following extensive and detailed comparative fuel trials involving vehicles from four truck manufacturers.
As a consequence, 300 Scania trucks are now set to be delivered to the North Tawton, Devon-based operator over the coming three years. Equating to the replacement of two-thirds of the company’s fleet, the bulk of these vehicles will be delivered during 2012/13.
The vehicles will be stationed around Gregory Distribution’s 17 UK operating bases. Scania’s two year full repair and maintenance support programme has been taken for all vehicles based away from the company’s main operating centre in Cullompton, Devon. As part of the arrangement, Scania has also been awarded a contract to maintain outbased trailers.
“We are delighted to be re-fleeting with Scania,” comments John Gregory, Chief Executive of Gregory Distribution. “While we already have plenty of experience operating the marque, before embarking upon such a major order we considered it necessary to undertake trials to determine the performance of the company’s current product range on our operations today. The results were extremely encouraging and this, backed with factors such as driver appeal and the extensive range of maintenance services offered by Scania around the country, were instrumental in securing this deal.”