John K Philips Group has become the latest Palletforce member to invest in the new generation of environmentally friendly 'mega-trailers'.
Six of the extra-long units – three single and three double-deck – have been added to the firm's existing 30-strong fleet of trailers.
Each double-deck is capable of transporting 50 pallets, while the single-deck can hold 30, and the new vehicles have been designed not only to increase capacity but reduce emissions. As part of a Government trial to increase load volumes and reduce congestion, the new trailers feature steering axles which also reduce wear and tear on UK roads.
Drivers at the St Helens-based firm have also received special training to handle tractor units fitted with the trailers.
"John K Philips Group has always prided itself on maintaining an extensive modern fleet," said customer service and network supervisor John Brotherton.
"These trailers will make a significant impact on our distribution operations across the UK and Europe, as well as helping the company to meet its environmental responsibilities."
The company started out 40 years ago when founder John Philips bought his first Bedford truck and began delivering paint.
The John K Philips Group is now a key distribution company in north-west England, operating from a 250,000 sq ft headquarters located off the M6, M62 and M56 motorways.
The firm specialises in the transportation of dangerous goods and chemicals, and all its drivers are ADR trained and all vehicles are ADR compliant.
It joins Wm Armstrong, C&D South West and Knights of Old as Palletforce network members operating longer trailers.
Michael Conroy, chief executive officer of Palletforce, said: "John K Philips Group is a valued member of the Palletforce network, and this investment will ensure it remains at the forefront of distribution in the north-west."