19 new MAN tractors and draw-bars for Dundee operator

Scotland’s largest independent food wholesaler and retailer, CJ Lang & Son in Dundee, has put to the road a new, 19-strong MAN fleet for its long-established contract of supplying food and consumables to the SPAR convenience store chain.

16 new TGS 26.360 6x2 drawbar units and three TGS 26.440 6x2 tractor units are already in operation, joining the existing fleet and delivering around 1000 loads weekly to over 300 SPAR stores throughout Scotland.

The new fleet is equipped with MAN Fleet Management packages, featuring the web-based MAN EcoStyle driver monitoring system.

“MAN’s fleet management system is excellent,” said Distribution Director, John Leitch, “We have used it on our MAN chassis for the last 12 years, and, over time, have seen it mature into a well-developed, user-friendly and, ultimately, invaluable piece of technology.

“When you acquire new vehicles,” he said, “you need both a product and an aftersales structure that you can trust. MAN has excelled on both counts. Sure, mechanical problems sometimes occur, but it’s how they are dealt with that counts, and MAN Truck & Bus Fife in Halbeath always step up to the plate. Weekly conference calls with MAN provide operational benefits, too.”

Leitch added, “We didn’t simply replace MANs for MANs with no due process. We took time to look at all the leading manufacturer’s offerings; we compiled a detailed matrix comparison, and made our selection on a pragmatic basis as well as previous experience.”

Trading for over 90 years, CJ Lang remains a Scottish family business and is one of Scotland’s largest independent companies. The company services over 300 SPAR stores throughout Scotland from its 14.5 acre distribution site incorporating ambient storage and purpose-built chilled and frozen depot, both in Dundee.