PolyFlor Takes MANs

Flooring manufacturer, Polyflor in Manchester, has intoduced new MAN trucks to its distribution fleet. Eight three-axle 26 tonne TGM 26.320BL 6x2 rigids and five TGX 26.440BLS 6x2 tractor units have entered service as a full fleet replacement at Polyflor’s Oldham site.

The new fleet was acquired on a Contract Lease arrangement with MAN Financial Services, and are equipped with five-year R&M packages.

MAN EcoStyle driver monitoring is also installed allowing Polyflor accurate assessment of a number of driving parameters across the fleet, thus providing evidence of areas where operational savings may be made.

“We’re very proactive on making savings, and our distribution fleet, of course, absorbs a good deal of costs,” said Jason Long, distribution manager at Polyflor, “We wanted to take our fleet forward in terms of how we can best utilise it. That’s why we have the MAN EcoStyle equipment in every vehicle.”

He went on, “MAN formed a real partnership with us during the selection process. We stated how keen we were to lower fuel costs, and MAN was able to demonstrate a number of fuel saving devices such as its auto gear-box, correct use of cruise control and aero-dynamic kit.”

Polyflor is part of the James Halstead Flooring Group and has been manufacturing floorcoverings since the 1950s. The company has grown into one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of vinyl floor-coverings globally, with a portfolio of products including homogeneous, safety, heterogeneous and luxury vinyl tile floorcoverings.

Polyflor has an extensive network of distribution partners in the UK and around the world.

The aquisition of the new and improved warehouse and distribution facility in Oldham has allowed Polyflor to consolidate its stock and product availablility. The facility, ideally located close to Polyflor’s head office and factory in Whitefield, offers nearly 200,000 sq ft of space. It has the capacity to hold 2,000,000 sq m of tiles and 2,500,000 sq m of sheet flooring at any given time. As a result, mainland distribution and export operations are running more efficiently than ever.