The ASL Group has found a valuable partner is Bell Truck and Van, a dealer that represents Mercedes-Benz in North East England. Multiple ASL Group companies have invested in Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks that are now in service across the company’s portfolio. Poole Process Equipment, for example, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and renovation of heat exchangers and pressure vessels, and recently invested in a 65-tonne (71.6-U.S.-ton) tag axle Actros tractor. And the ASL Groups’ two transport operations, Hoggart Haulage and SM Haulage, purchased Actros 2548 variants.
Poole Process Equipment
The Teesside-based Poole Process Equipment provides highly specialised services to the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, and its heat exchangers and pressure vessels are now being transported by a new Actros 2551 with a BigSpace cab. The truck employs a 12.8-litre in-line six-cylinder engine producing 375 kilowatts (510 horsepower) and works with either a three-axle extendable step-frame semi-trailer, or a twin-axle, rear-steer low-loader.
“We have to get into some very tight spaces when we’re delivering,” says ASL Group Operations Manager Darren Hutchinson. “The low-loader also has a tag axle, so by lifting that as well as the back axle on the tractor we can spin the whole outfit very effectively. The Actros has definitely increased our capability at Poole.”
Hoggart Haulage and SM Haulage placed their first orders for Mercedes-Benz trucks after trialling demonstration units supplied by Bell Truck and Van. The hauling operations say the new Actros trucks proved significantly more fuel-efficient than vehicles already in service.
“Our first eight Actros are returning an average of 10.2 miles per gallon, whereas we’re lucky if we get 8 or 9 mpg from other trucks that are doing the same work,” explains SM Haulage General Manager Adam Heward. “The drivers are happy, we’ve had no significant issues with reliability, and when they’re all clean and lined up our Actros look fantastic; it has to be one of the tidiest trucks on the road.”
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