Scania wins biggest European truck order

Scania (Great Britain) Ltd has won an order to supply at least 2,250 trucks to Consortium Purchasing – the Swedish marque’s largest ever European order for civilian trucks.

Consortium Purchasing is an operation led by William Stobart, executive chairman of GreenWhiteStar Acquisitions, which owns Eddie Stobart, The Pallet Network, iForce etc., and Allan Jenkinson, owner of A. W. Jenkinson Forest Products. 

Scania dealers Haydock Commercial Vehicles Ltd and Graham Commercials Ltd will deliver the vehicles over the coming two years.

The order comprises a mix of models, including tractor units and rigids and, for the first time, multi-wheel rigids. Fifty percent of the vehicles are destined for the Eddie Stobart fleet with the remainder being split between A. W. Jenkinson Forest Products and W. S. Transportation Ltd. The vehicles will remain in service for up to three years, depending on the operation, and have all been supplied with full repair and maintenance contracts with all work to be carried out by the UK Scania service network.

This is the sixth time Eddie Stobart and its associated companies have placed a major order with Scania, the first two being for 1,000 vehicles in 2010 and 2012, 1,500 units in 2014 and some 2,000 trucks in 2016, followed by 2,100 trucks in 2018.

“We are absolutely delighted to have placed this order with Scania, especially in such challenging and uncertain times,” said Stobart. “Scania’s latest generation of vehicles – which we have now operated for three years – are continuing the long tradition of excellent service, reliability and good fuel performance we have come to expect from the brand. This, along with the consistently high levels of service we receive from the Scania network, is why we have chosen Scania to fulfil a large part of our truck requirements.”

Scania’s UK sales director, Vincente Connolly, added: “We are immensely proud to be reporting such positive news at this time. We now look forward to fulfilling the order and working with the teams within the consortium to deliver the best possible service and total cost of operation for each and every vehicle in this agreement.”

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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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