New MAN TGM 18.290 is cost effective addition to firm’s fleet.

New vehicle is part of five-strong MAN fleet for WP Metals after transportation review.

After undergoing a major review of its £1 million transportation systems and costs Walsall-based WP Metals decided to keep business as usual and remain loyal to MAN Truck & Bus UK.

The new MAN TGM 4x2 rigid flatbed with crane will be added to their fleet transporting steel tubing and pile casings nationwide.

WP Metals operations director Mark Hardy said: “Our annual transportation costs are about £1 million and after reviewing whether we should carry on as we are or change the way we operate we decided it was best if we ran our own systems and fleet.

“We are happy with the range of vehicles offered by MAN and the new TGM offered us a cost saving and greater efficiency.

“We have recently been awarded FORS recognition and the vehicle will be going in to London, so has to meet the Transport for London regulations as well as being Crossrail compliant."

“We will be maintaining our relationship with MAN and Aquila Truck Centres at Tipton for the repair and maintenance and are already looking towards purchasing another vehicle in the near future.

MAN sales executive Mike Richards said: “It is always good to hear that MAN is measuring up on all the benchmarks set out by its customers.

“We are delighted that WP Metals has such loyalty to MAN and we will con-tinue to deliver economy and efficiency to their fleet over the years.”

Vehicle detail:

Model: TGM 18.290 4X2 BL

Cab: L Sleeper cab

Engine: MAN D0836LFL67, 6.9 Litres, 6 Cylinders, Euro 6

Power: 290 PS / 213 kW at 2200 rev/min

Torque: 1150 Nm at 1200 – 1750 rev/min

Transmission: 12 Speed MAN TipMatic

Suspension: Steel front, air rear

Wheelbase: 6975

Plated Weight: 18000 kg