Keltbray Group invests in 14 Volvo FMX rigids

Specialist engineering, construction and environmental services company Keltbray Group has invested in Volvo trucks for the first time, with an order of 14 new Volvo FMX rigid trucks.

Esher-based Keltbray Group offers engineering, construction, demolition, decommissioning, remediation, rail, power transmission and distribution, reinforced concrete structures and environmental services. It employs some 1,800 people across the UK.

The FMX fleet was supplied by Tim Atkins, sales manager at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London. All the FMXs are powered by Volvo D11K engines with a maximum power output of 410hp. The day cab-equipped 5.1m wheelbase rigids also feature 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission systems and extra-high chassis with B Ride suspension systems. Thirteen of the Volvo FMX tippers are fitted with Boweld steel tipper bodies, while the sole hook-lift truck carries Hyva gear.

Keltbray Group also opted for Volvo’s additional lower passenger door glazing, in addition to side under-run panels and camera/side scan systems.

In addition, Keltbray Group has opted for five-year Volvo Gold Service Contracts, which will be carried out at the Enfield and Hayes dealerpoints of Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London. “We have arranged overnight servicing to maximise our vehicle uptime and productivity,” said Terry Good, head of haulage operations at Keltbray Group. “Both dealerpoints will also collect the trucks and deliver them back in the morning. That assists our operations substantially.”

As well as the FMXs, Keltray Group has another four FH tractor units and an FM rigid plant vehicle on order to come in near future, Good added. “Prior to ordering, we made good use of a Volvo demonstration vehicle and six of our drivers each took it out for a half day. Their feedback was extremely positive. Volvo is a premium brand and the FMX tippers will be used for muckaway works and aggregate transport, with the majority of works being carried out in Central London.”

The new Volvo trucks join a fleet of 85 heavy vehicles in Keltbray Group that operate across much of the UK.

“It’s early days yet but the FMXs are performing well and our anticipated vehicle retention period is five years. Working in London means the vehicles will only average around 60,000 miles per year and the Euro-6 Volvos also meet all the required FORS noise assessments,” Good added.

Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now writes for The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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