Keltbray Group, a construction engineering specialist based in Esher, Surrey, recently purchased 14 new Volvo FMX trucks, 13 with Boweld steel tipper bodies and one with Hyva hook-lift equipment. These are the first Volvo models the company has purchased, and it already has orders in for four FH tractor units and one FM rigid truck. “Prior to ordering, we made good use of a Volvo demonstration vehicle and six of our drivers each took it out for a half day. Their feedback was extremely positive,” says Terry Good, head of haulage operators for Keltbray Group. “Volvo is a premium brand and the FMX tippers will be used for muckaway works and aggregate transport, with the majority of works being carried out in Central London.”
Performance, Efficiency & Safety
The new FMX models, supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London, feature Volvo D11K engines, which produce 410 horsepower and 1,950 newton metres of torque, and 12-speed automated transmissions. They are configured with Extra-High chassis and B Ride suspensions, all on a 5,100-millimetre wheelbase. Because Keltbray Group is a FORS Gold-accredited business, and has been for seven years, it is required to meet a series of safety, efficiency, and environmental standards, which is why it opted for camera and side scan systems, side under-run panels, and low passenger door glazing on its new trucks. The FMX also meets Euro-6 standards and meets “all the required FORS noise assessments,” Good adds.
Keltbray Group operates a fleet of 85 vehicles throughout the United Kingdom, but its newest additions will primarily operate in London and put on about 60,000 miles each year. The company plans to retain the vehicles for five years, and they will remain well maintained throughout that period with Volvo Gold Service Contracts covered by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London’s Enfield and Hayes dealerpoints. “We have arranged overnight servicing to maximise our vehicle uptime and productivity,” says Good. “Both dealerpoints will also collect the trucks and deliver them back in the morning. That assists our operations substantially.”