Wincanton has been contracted by Aggregate Industries, a leading player in the construction and infrastructure industries, to provide 14 latest specification Ready-mix vehicles on a national basis.
The contract marks an expansion of the existing relationship between the two companies, operating bulk and packed cement distribution from the Aggregate Industries' flagship Cauldon cement works.
The deal will see Wincanton operate a fleet of Mercedes Arocs 8 x 4 lb mixers with CIFA SLX8 8m3 cement carriers, and employ 16 new drivers, offering Aggregate Industries a scalable and flexible alternative solution to complement the existing operation.
Wincanton's technical team has worked closely with the manufacturers on features that support the comfort and performance of the vehicles. A bespoke chassis with rear air suspension allows flexibility of loading, while an on board weighing system can help with the identification and management of residue build-up inside the tanks. A pressure-fed 400L water tank removes the need for (and weight of) an on-board pump and eases the process of emptying the tank each winter.
Selected vehicles include sleeper cabs equipped with fridges and microwaves, enabling drivers to spend several days on the road, while air suspension across the vehicle ensures a smoother and more comfortable ride.
Gerard Cantwell, Head of Procurement & Logistics at Aggregate Industries, said: "We have made the decision to further extend our relationship with Wincanton, as it allows us flexibility in our fleet profile as we look to further expand our customer offering in this market place."
The acquisition of the 14 vehicles is part of a wider investment programme that Wincanton is implementing across its Ready-mix fleet, offering customers in the construction industry access to some of the most sophisticated safety and performance technologies on the market.
Ranald Forbes, Director of Construction at Wincanton, commented, "These new vehicles and the Ready-mix offering have been designed specifically with the industry challenges in mind, meeting the needs of the Aggregate Industries business and drivers alike.
"Against the backdrop of a skills shortage in transportation, we are investing in vehicles which meet the specific needs of drivers. By offering best in class vehicles with top notch safety, reliability and performance features we can attract the best drivers in the business, to the ultimate benefit of our customers."