Road tanker specialist Abbey Logistics Group turned to Mercedes-Benz Dealer Intercounty Truck & Van for a fleet of 28 Actros tractor units to service two prestigious new contracts.

The operator’s first trucks to wear the three-pointed star feature smallwheeled (17.5in) mid-lift axles which save around 300 kg compared to the standard version with 22.5in wheels, while also freeing up valuable space on the chassis for discharge equipment.

Operating throughout the UK and Europe, Abbey Logistics provides haulage and logistics services covering bulk liquids and powders for customers across a wide variety of sectors. Most of its new trucks are now distributing cement regionally for Tarmac in Scotland, although 11 deliver flour from a Hovis mill in Wellingborough to bakeries in the midlands and south.

Mercedes-Benz went head-tohead with two other manufacturers for Abbey Logistics’ latest fleet order. Key to the brand’s success in winning the breakthrough order was the fact that despite being bigger and more spacious, the Actros with its aerodynamic, 2.3m-wide StreamSpace cab was also some 400 kg lighter than either of its competitors – a major advantage given the payload-critical nature of its customer’s operations.

Intercounty Truck & Van was also able to meet Abbey Logistics’ tight delivery timetable, and put together an attractively priced aftersales package based on five-year Complete Service Contracts. Like all roadgoing Euro VI vehicles covered by these comprehensive repair and maintenance agreements, the Actros benefit from the manufacturer’s industry-leading Zero Tolerance on Downtime pledge. It means that in the unlikely event a truck cannot be repaired within 24 hours, Mercedes- Benz will provide either a like-forlike replacement, or an equivalent financial contribution to cover the rental of an alternative.