Mantank switches to SCANIA

Manchester based Mantank Environmental Services Ltd needed a reliable vehicle from a reliable source, so switched to Scania for its DISAB Centurion LN/9-1812 HT Vacuum machine.

Purchased from Scania dealer West Pennine Trucks in Middleton, Mantank’s new DISAB Centurion LN/9-1812 HT is an extremely powerful and versatile suction and blowing machine, which can be used for wet heavy sludge’s and for dry applications including carbons, cement, sands, gravel, perlite, grain and many more dry dusty materials.

Mantank operate in industrial cleaning from powder spillages and tank cleaning, to heavy sludge removal, signifying a high profile DISAB high power vacuum requirement. With innovation at the forefront Scania clearly met that obligation, and with other establishments in the area recommending Scania, Nigel Barnes Workshop Manager of Mantank made the decision to switch to Scania and has never looked back!

The unit is equipped with a separate diesel engine offering the capability to utilise diverse fuel taxation regulations. It also makes the machine operate independently to the truck. It has a hose system with a diameter of up to 200mm and provides a maximum vacuum of -900mbars and a high tip capacity, enabling waste to be bulked up on site. A telescopic boom with extension pipes reduces manual handling for high level work, while the machine also benefits from a low noise level (75 dBA at 7 metres distance) and a unique filter solution to reduce dust emissions to only 1,3 mg/m.

Mantank were a Volvo stronghold for many years and it was a big decision for Nigel, however reliability and performance was essential. Commenting on his decision to purchase Scania, Nigel says “I’m really impressed with the overall performance and capabilities of this Scania, it has ticked all the boxes, even its fuel economy. I will reap the benefits with such a reliable chassis and I will enjoy the fantastic support network from West Pennine Trucks”.

Nigel has also received great comments himself from others on its exterior, saying it’s an ‘eye-catcher’ and ‘looks great’.

In conjunction with their fleet of haulage & waste disposal liquid ring tankers and skips, Mantank can deal efficiently with emergencies or scheduled projects. Mantank’s personnel are fully trained in the use of access equipment for the cleaning of all high level areas so the right machinery is essential.

Mantank have since ordered two new Scania Tankers which will be showcased at the Tank-ex exhibition in Harrogate on 29th & 30th May 2014.

About West Pennine Trucks

West Pennine Trucks has held the Scania franchise since 1986 and is now the North West’s largest privately owned authorised Scania dealer, with a sales territory encompassing the north of Manchester to the north of Birmingham and the more rural counties of Cheshire, Shropshire and Powys.

Providing operational support around the clock to a vast range of customers operating Scania trucks, buses and coaches, West Pennine Trucks are the ‘one stop shop’ providing a first class product with after-sales service of the highest standards, with 24/7 roadside assistance undertaking all accident repair work, supplying top quality parts from stock.


2014 Trade Van Driver

Fiat Professional and Fiat Doblo work up win in 2014 Trade Van Driver Awards

Trade Van Driver, the UK’s top van magazine for small business users, has named the FIAT Professional line-up “Best Trade Van Range” in its 2014 Trade Van Driver Awards. The magazine, which is the only publication to cater specifically for owner-drivers and small fleet operators, also named the FIAT Doblò Work Up as the “Best Small Pick Up” in its 2014 awards.

Both trophies were presented to Sebastiano Fedrigo, Director, FIAT Professional UK, by Matthew Eisenegger, Editor of Trade Van Driver, at the 2014 Commercial Vehicle show which was held at The NEC Birmingham recently. Adjudicated not only by a team of expert TVD journalists but also by a panel of readers who use light commercial vehicles as an integral part of their businesses, the Trade Van Driver awards offer a true reflection of the sentiments of those customers who use their commercial vehicles day to day.

Commenting on the FIAT Professional range, the adjudication panel noted: “The needs of trade users are many and varied and FIAT Professional has taken massive strides in the past few years towards fulfilling all those requirements. FIAT Professional offers a superb range of models and has a real “can do” attitude towards trade buyers: A worthy winner indeed!”

Commenting on the second successive win for the FIAT Doblò Work Up in the “Small Pick Up” category, the jury noted that since winning last year “…no-one has come up with a better alternative. The FIAT Doblò Work Up offers tough pick-up quality but with excellent car-like comfort – a truly winning combination!”

Sebastiano Fedrigo, Director, FIAT Professional UK, noted: “Winning these prestigious Trade Van Driver awards highlights not only the broad appeal of our commercial vehicle range, it also emphasises how important the owner-operator and small fleet market is to us. We not only tailor our vehicles to meet their needs and desires, as is evident in the factory-built Doblò Work Up pick up and exciting new Sportivo trim levels, we also strive to offer exceptional value for money, low running costs, competitive finance packages and unbeatable aftersales care. We understand the needs of small businesses and FIAT Professional is here to meet those needs.”

Further information on FIAT Professional’s range of commercial vehicles is available at