Intercounty Truck and Van are on the move in Boston

Leading Mercedes-Benz dealer, Intercounty Truck and Van Ltd have purchased a new 3-acre site to relocate from their existing Boston depot. The new depot is located at Sutterton Boston and purchased from Andrew Elvin (pictured below).

The site, situated at the junction of A16/A17 will be known as the Mercedes-Benz Boston/Spalding depot. Construction will commence in the forthcoming months and the depot will be ready for occupation March 2015.

Since forming in 2003, Intercounty Truck and Van has gone from strength to strength. They retail and service the full range of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles and Fuso Canter.

Their sales and service centres are conveniently located and fully equipped to support all of your vehicle requirements with trained Mercedes-Benz technicians; you have expertise and professionalism at your disposal.

(L, R, Nigel Birkmyre, Director, Ballyvesey Holdings, Andrew Elvin, Steve Hunt, Mercedes franchise Director)


Malcolm Construction’s New Terex® Trucks


TANKERSLEY, ENGLAND, 17th OCTOBER 2013 – Malcolm Construction, a division of The Malcolm Group, has recently invested in two new Terex ® TA300 articulated trucks. The trucks have been involved in construction works for a large regeneration project in the east end of Glasgow, Scotland.

The two Terex trucks are painted in The Malcolm Group’s unique livery and will be added to Malcolm Construction’s already sizeable fleet of more than 200 machines.

According to Darren Gilmour, General Manager at Malcolm Construction, most projects – including the site where the TA300 trucks are currently working – now have a cut and fill balance to avoid the need for landfill. “Where muck has to go distances in excess of 200 metres within sites we prefer to utilise dump trucks as this provides speed and efficiency to meet program and cost implications. For example, the trucks on site in the east end of Glasgow are moving clay-type materials from cut areas of the job approximately 200-300 metres away. We chose to use the TA300 truck on this project because previous experience has shown us that its robustness makes it one of the market leaders.”

Talking about the purchase of the trucks, Andrew Malcolm, CEO of The Malcolm Group, said: “We originally reached out to three truck manufacturers. In the end, we chose Terex because we have had a successful relationship for many years with the Motherwell factory and its UK distributor, TDL Equipment. The customer support and parts back up we receive is second-to-none and the trucks are reliable and fuel-efficient, which are vital components when you’re running successful projects on budget.”

Kenny Price, Sales Manager at TDL Equipment, said: “The Malcolm Group is one of the leading providers in logistics, construction and maintenance services throughout the UK, so we are delighted to continue our relationship with them. The new TA300 trucks should provide a reduction in operating costs versus the outgoing TA30 trucks while maintaining the performance advantages the Terex trucks are known for. TDL’s service support team always works closely with Malcolm’s plant engineers and the local factory, ensuring any issues are resolved promptly and any customer feedback is acted on by Terex.

“Everyone who works alongside Malcolm Construction knows that it operates a fuel efficient fleet that is reliable and helps deliver projects on time and on budget. We’re pleased that the Terex trucks meet their high standards in this regard,” said Price.


The Golden Griffin lands

The Golden Griffin lands: Scania celebrates its Golden Jubilee with a Limited Edition of 50 uniquely-numbered flagship trucks

Scania celebrates its first half century in the UK this year and is marking the occasion with the production of the Golden Griffin, a special Limited Edition V8 tractor unit of which only 50 examples will be produced.

Each of these vehicles will be instantly recognisable by their striking gold livery, which has been designed by Scania’s in-house team of stylists and is available in two formats depending upon livery requirements (see accompanying image).

Available only with Scania R-series Streamline Topline cabs, each model in the range will carry a plaque bearing its unique Limited Edition number. The choice of available engine outputs will be 580 or 730 hp, although model numbers 1 and 50 in the range will both be equipped with Scania’s 730 hp power unit.

All vehicles in this Limited Edition can be specified in 4×2, 6×2, 6×2/2, 6×2/4 and 6×4 (for STGO Category 1 and 2) wheelplan format, and Scania’s luxury Griffin pack will be fitted as standard. In addition, each vehicle will be equipped with a wide array of home comforts ranging from a kitchenette to a TV/DVD player, plus three luxury Scania packages – Black Leather V8, Prestige and Driver – thereby assuring the owner and driver the ultimate in terms of specification, comfort and safety.

A wide range of active and passive safety features, including Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Advanced Emergency Braking will also all be fitted, and each truck will feature a state-of-the-art entertainment system.

“Not since the Scania Centurion range, which was produced in 1991 to mark Scania’s centenary, have we developed such an exclusive offering as this Limited Edition range of gold 50th Anniversary Trucks,” says Scania (Great Britain) Limited’s UK Truck Sales Director, Martin Hay. “I am confident that as with the Centurions demand will be exceptionally high, so the advice to anyone looking to secure one of these unique vehicles has to be contact your dealer right away in order to avoid disappointment.”
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Montracon head for the highlands

Montracon are pleased to announce that the first unit of the refrigerated trailer order placed by J&D Cowper, has been collected.

The trailer, fitted with the latest Thermoking multi-temp tracked refrigeration unit, will add to the expanding fleet of Ross-Shire based J&D Cowper, who are a key refrigerated transport, and coldstore supplier in the Scottish Highlands.

J&D Cowper, established over 25 years, now runs a fleet of over 40 trailers, and has well established trading links with many of the UK’s major supermarket chains


New Group Appointments

The Board of Ballyvesey Holdings Limited is delighted to announce the following appointments:
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[list_item]James Darragh joins the Board of Ballyvesey Holdings today as HR & Compliance Director. James has worked for the Group for many years in numerous roles, more recently focusing on Group HR and compliance matters.
[list_item]Mark Montgomery also joins the Board of Directors. Mark has worked in an operational capacity for a number of Group Companies including Truck and Plant, Montgomery Refrigerated and more recently Montgomery Distribution Limited.[/list_item]
[list_item]Stephen Marshall joins the Group as Director and General Manager of the Montgomery Transport Group. Stephen returns to the fold after a short absence, having previously worked for Montgomery Distribution Limited. Stephen will be working closely with Harold Montgomery over the coming months as he settles into his new role.[/list_item]
[list_item]John Hawksworth will be joining Birds Transport & Logistics from The Widdowson Group at the beginning of April. John will be joining the business as Managing Director. As a Board we would like to thank Robin Davies for his hard work leading the team during the post acquisition transitionary period and we wish him every success in the future.[/list_item]


UK and Ireland Case Construction Parts Performance Award

Sleator Plant attended in February the Case New Holland Industrial Dealer Convention in the Birmingham ICC which brought together all dealers from Case and New Holland Construction through to Agriculture

The day was followed by an evening awards ceremony at which Aaron McCaul was delighted to receive on behalf of Sleator Plant the first place award for parts performance of all Case Construction Dealers in the UK and ROI for 2013

‘Receiving this award is a tremendous honour on behalf of the whole team at Sleator Plant, who are constantly striving to develop not only the Case brand but the company as a whole’


DAF introduces the LF Aerobody across Europe

After the success of the PACCAR Aerobody on the LF in the UK, where operators have been making fuel savings of over 5%, bodied versions of the new Euro 6 LF are now being produced for other European markets. Since all PACCAR bodies, which are built by Leyland Trucks in the UK, are already fully type approved to meet EC WVTA standards, they can be registered across all EU member states.

Of the course the Aerobody is also available on the new LF in the UK and British DAF dealers can call on a fleet of 26 LF Aerobody demonstrators so operators can evaluate the market leading LF in its latest Euro 6 compliant format together with the super frugal and stylish bodywork.

The LF Aerobody combines a specially developed set of fairings and side collars to deliver significant savings on both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in distribution transport applications. At a cruising speed of 53mph, the new Euro 6 LF Aerobody can be up to 8% more economical compared to a vehicle with a conventional body.

The LF Aerobody has a striking appearance. Its smooth, continuous roofline enhances the modern and stylish design of the LF. A diffuser at the rear further improves the aerodynamics by reducing disruptive air turbulence. For the same reason a specially developed set of side collars and fairings is supplied as a standard. This set integrates the cab with the body.

16 or 17 Euro pallets
For the European markets the LF Aerobody is available with internal lengths of 6.75 and 7.05 metres, suitable for carrying 16 or 17 Euro pallets. A tail lift with a lifting capacity of 1,500 kg is fitted as a standard and, for extra convenience, the LF Aerobody can be fitted with an optional door on either side of the body.

When the LF Aerobody is specified for the UK it is available at 7.5t, 10t & 12t GVW, in a choice of three body lengths and with a comprehensive range of tail-lift and other options designed around the needs of the UK distribution industry.

The DAF LF Aerobody naturally features the same excellent driving performance and user-friendliness as the other models in the comprehensive LF series. The small turning circle, easy access to the cab and low unladen weight makes it ideal for intensive distribution transport. The LF Aerobody is available with a range of economical Euro 6 engines: the 4.5-litre, four-cylinder PACCAR PX-5 engine and the 6.7-litre, six-cylinder PACCAR PX-7 engine with ratings between 112 kW/152 hp and 186 kW/253 hp.


Longcliffe Quarries returns to its roots


Terex Construction, through UK distributor TDL Equipment, has recently supplied the first Terex® rigid haul truck to enter service with Longcliffe Quarries for more than 25 years.

Previously, the company, which extracts high quality limestone from its two quarries in the Derbyshire Peak District, had used R50 trucks but then went on to use 50- and 60-tonne capacity trucks from a rival manufacturer before the purchase of the new truck.

Excellent performance and fuel returns from a demonstration unit led Longcliffe to place an order for the 65-tonne capacity truck.

The Terex rigid truck met all requirements set out by the quarry management. Quarry Manager, Ian McDonald, explains that the operation has a specific requirement for its haul trucks. “We need the truck to be able to run under our front line shovels but also require it to be able to be loaded by our smaller wheeled loaders when moving waste material. Terex was the only manufacturer able to give us a low enough body yet retain the payload requirement.”

Another determining factor was the physical width of the truck. The quarry is bisected by the B5056 with the quarry faces accessed via a narrow tunnel passing under the road. “We needed a truck that could fit through the tunnel and yet again Terex was the only manufacturer that could meet our requirements,” explains Mr McDonald.

As with the rest of the Longcliffe fleet, the TR70 sports the company’s corporate colour scheme. Being painted on the production line at the Terex facility in Newhouse, Scotland, meant the Terex truck was able to be put to work straight away. “The finish on the paintwork is excellent!” commented Mr McDonald “Previous vehicles from other suppliers have had to be stripped down and repainted in our workshops causing delays to getting the vehicle into action. This wasn’t an issue with Terex.”

Along with the special paint scheme, Longcliffe also specified various safety features including a hydraulically folding access step and the TDL360 degree surround camera system, provided by distributor. The revolutionary system provides a bird’s eye view of the truck and its working environment on the in-cab colour screen and eliminates any potential blind-spots around the vehicle. The system utilises four standard cameras mounted to the front, off and near side and one at the rear.

Longcliffe also specified the TR70 with the extended oil change facility offered by TDL. Engine oil and filter life is extended by at least four times resulting in reduced oil usage and disposal cost. Another potential cost saving option has also been fitted to the TR70, the TDL Tyre Monitoring system. Tyres and their maintenance cover a large proportion of the trucks running costs and TDL believes the Tyre Monitor can reduce these costs by monitoring pressures every 15 minutes and alerting the operator should any tyre drop or exceed a certain pressure. Alerts are brought up on the in-cab monitor and scans can also be sent via TDL Telematics to the maintenance teams via email or text message.

Ian McDonald concludes: “We are extremely pleased with both the package and service we have had from Terex and TDL. Our operators are very pleased with the new truck and the fuel returns are looking promising. It meets 100% of our requirements; what more could we ask for?”