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Mansel Davies supplies Castell Howell with new Volvo FL rigid

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Castell Howell Foods has taken delivery of two new Volvo FL rigids – the first in the UK to feature 7.6m Solomon refrigerated bodies with Frigoblock/Thermo King hybrid solutions.

Supplied by Wayne Delve, Sales Executive at Mansel Davies Group, the two new 12-tonners are equipped with D8K engines and six speed I-Sync gearboxes. One of the trucks carries a special billboard livery that was a result of a schools competition, based around a theme to promote holidays in Wales.

The competition’s winning entry was submitted by Matteo from Johnston Primary in Carmarthen, who received an iPad, plus £2,500 for his school. The other Volvo’s bodywork initially promoted The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s annual show, held in July.

Martin Jones, Director of Transport Operations at Castell Howell Foods said: “In the past Frigoblock used an alternator/generator system, powered by the trucks’ engine. That system was great when travelling down the road; but the cooling ceased if the engine was turned off after parking up in town.

“However, the new Thermo King Hybrid solution keeps the proven alternator/generator system, but when the ignition is turned off, it automatically switches over to an ancillary diesel powered refrigeration unit. When the ignition is switched back on, the ancillary cuts out instantly and it’s back to electric motor power.”

Castell Howell’s first Volvo trucks arrived in 2006 on a contract hire agreement and the company took delivery of its first Volvo tractor unit in 2008, a Volvo FH12.