Alfreton based KMG Ultra Pure Chemicals has taken delivery of its first truck, an FH 540 4×2 tractor unit supplied by Hartshorne Motor Services.
It features a twin bunk Globetrotter XL Cab, I-Park Cool and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels. Dealer proximity is also an important factor for KMG, who opted for a five year Volvo Gold Service Contract with European Service Cover.
KMG says the vehicle, which hauls the company’s bulk tankers, uses 10% less fuel than its stablemates. David Roe, Supply Chain Manager UK at KMG said: “Volvo’s I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission has been a revelation to our European bulk deliveries.
“Our tanker trailers supply the semi conductor industry and carry 23,000kgs of product. They also have no surge plates fitted, so the bulk liquid loads produce substantial movements during vehicle acceleration, braking or cornering.
“They also create large amounts of drag and inter-axle weight transfers. The seamless gear changes delivered by I-Shift Dual Clutch have done away with a huge percentage of these forces, which results in safer vehicle handling and reduced journey times.
“Hartshorne Motor Services in Alfreton is our closest dealerpoint and initially they provided us with an I-Shift Dual Clutch equipped FH demonstrator for evaluation. On delivery runs to France and Germany, our trucks can average between 650 and 750 kilometres per day.
“The speed of gear changes with I-Shift Dual Clutch soon add up, with all those seconds changing into minutes per day. The Volvo can get that little bit further than the others. Sometimes that can mean the difference between catching or missing a ferry.”