Wincanton, the largest British logistics company, has ordered 100 new vehicles from Mercedes-Benz to support the logistics firm’s expansion plans. The investment reflects Wincanton’s continued focus on innovation to support its growth with potential for future orders of a similar nature.
The new Actros tractor units are fitted with the manufacturer’s latest safety systems that provide enhanced protection for vulnerable road users. For example, the units are fitted with Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA4) which has the ability to recognise when a pedestrian steps out into the vehicle’s path from behind a parked car and automatically applies the brakes.
Carl Hanson, Group Fleet Director at Wincanton said: “Maintaining the highest levels of safety is a top priority for us and for our customers and these vehicles are ahead of the game when it comes to safety, making use of the latest technology to make the roads safer for all users.”
The new vehicles, due to enter service from February, also feature Proximity Control Assist which when used in conjunction with cruise control automatically maintains a pre-set distance from the vehicle in front. This system reduces the risk of rear-end shunts and promotes more comfortable and efficient driving in heavy traffic.
Hanson added: “We are focused on adding value and delivering industry-leading service. These innovative new vehicles ensure our customers have access to the most efficient and effective technology to enable the implementation of safe, sustainable supply chains. These newer vehicles not only include advanced safety features but, as sustainability remains a key consideration for us, they will also help us reduce carbon emissions from our fleet.”
Working across the UK and Ireland, Wincanton has close partnerships with customers across all business sectors and operates a diverse and growing fleet of more than 3,400 vehicles including mechanical off loaders, mixers and bulk tankers as well as general haulage vehicles.
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Notes to Editors
Wincanton is the largest British logistics firm, providing supply chain consultancy and solutions to some of the world’s most admired brands. We employ approximately 18,000 people across more than 200 sites and have a 3,400-strong fleet of vehicles.
Our business started in 1925 delivering milk and dairy products. Although our heritage means a lot us, we have since expanded to provide supply chain solutions across a wide range of sectors including retail, construction, defence and energy.
As a trusted and respected business partner, we design and implement services that range from setting up and operating distribution networks through to bonded warehouses, technology hosting, container transport and storage. We strive for operational excellence in everything we do.
We work hard to understand and respond to our customers’ needs, build long term relationships and use our skills and expertise to deliver a smarter, added value service, every day. Our customers rely on us to make their businesses operate more efficiently and to gain a competitive advantage in their sector.
Improved stock visibility and availability, reduction of lead times, collaborative warehousing and transport models, and an absolute commitment to continuous improvement, are just some of the reasons why many of our customer relationships extend to more than 20 years.
• Annual revenue in the UK & Ireland exceeds £1 billion
• Circa 18,000 employees including 4,000+ drivers
• Operates from 200+ locations with 6.6 million square feet of warehousing across the UK and Ireland
• Operating responsibility for around 3,400 vehicles