Supplier of food to the health and social care sectors, apetito, has purchased Volvo trucks for the first time – six new FH tractor units for its main distribution centre in Portbury, Bristol from Truck and Bus Wales and West.
The new vehicles are part of the Trowbridge, Wiltshire-based firm’s three-year fleet replacement policy for trunking operations. Supplied by Wayne Bryant, transport solutions executive at the dealer, the 6×2 fixed pusher axle, medium height tractors units are equipped with front steel, rear air suspension systems.
Powered by Volvo D13K Euro-6 engines producing a maximum of 500hp, the 3,900mm wheelbase units also feature 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission systems and Globetrotter XL cabs. Each vehicle clocks up 200,000km a year and the cabs feature leather trims, electrically-controlled air conditioning systems and height adjustable, foldable top bunks.
The FHs also come with three-year Volvo Gold Service Contracts. Jon Jackson, training, safety and logistics manager at Apetito said: “All our vehicles operate out of Bristol, but they will go as far as Motherwell and many points in between. “As such we undertook extensive research, including a three-week loan of an FH-500 for fuel benchmarking, before settling on Volvo.
“The Gold Service Contracts give us peace of mind. We supply food to some of the most vulnerable people in society; therefore the uptime promise gives us and our customers’ security with supply chains.”