Truck 

Owens Switches to Add Nothing

In a £1 million investment, Owens (Road Services) in Llanelli has replaced eight of its fleet with new MAN TGX 26.440BLS 6x2 tractor units, with a further 12 on order for 2009. The company says that MAN’s EGR ‘Add Nothing’ engine technology was a ‘big factor’ in its decision to select MAN, while referring to AdBlue as proving ‘very costly’ for its other trucks.

The new MANs are acquired through MAN Financial Services. On-board MAN telematics is also fitted and supported by MAN’s Fleet Management programme – the all encompassing online VoSA and O-licence compliance tool.

The MAN fleet will operate on double-shifts based between Owens Bridgend depot and its new Droitwich depot serving the Midlands and the North West.

Meirion Davies, Fleet Manager at Owens, has high expectations of the new MAN TGX. “The truck looks modern, has a great on-road image and there’s a genuine assurance of improved fuel returns with elimination of AdBlue,” he said, “AdBlue has proven very costly for us, both in terms of buying it, and the servicing of parts.

“MAN’s D20 engine is industry-proven as a very economic motor, and we’re looking forward to significant fuel savings.”

He continued, “MAN’s telematics system will also be of great benefit to us. An accurate view of fuel consumption will, of course, be a priority, but, harsh braking, driver ID and vehicle location are all areas on which we know we can take action in order to improve productivity.”

Owens Road Services has also recently acquired a state-of-the-art facility in Port Talbot to service its Pallet Force customers within the SA post code, and to run a ‘drop and delivery’ pallet service to cover south and west Wales.