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Wincanton to add 27 high-spec vehicles to its fleet

By: David Howells
05 August 2011

Logistics firm Wincanton could soon be hiring drivers after investing £4.3 million in 27 new vehicles for its fleet.

Wincanton, which is based in Chippenham, operates a shared-user construction fleet, which at 200 vehicles is the largest in the UK. It currently employs 26,000 people across Europe and turns over £2.18 billion annually.

The new additions to the fleet will make use of cutting-edge technology such as lightweight triple side panels to improve manual handling; as well as a system that allows securing of the load from ground level. Health and safety measures have also been taken into consideration, with a stabiliser leg interlocking system fitted, as well as new VGB air operated coupling.

The driver cabs will be 2.1 metres in height, housing a raised dingle bunk as well as a fitted microwave and fridge.

Speaking to logisticsmanager.com, Wincanton's managing director Chris Kingshott explained: "This investment reflects our commitment to the construction sector and follows a recent 27 per cent growth in volumes from our customers.

Adding, he told thisisgloucestershire.co.uk: "Against the backdrop of a weak economy, year-on-year growth is encouraging.

"We are committed to continually delivering improved efficiencies and service for our customers and these new vehicles are perfectly suited for handling complex loads at demanding delivery points including homes and commercial construction sites."

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