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Leading British trucking firm, Eddie Stobart, has in partnership with A. W. Jenkinson Forest Products signed a joint-procurement agreement with Scania in the UK for the supply of 1000 trucks. The deal mirrors the order placed by the two haulage operators in 2010, which at the time represented Scania’s largest ever supply agreement in the UK.
With the entire order scheduled for delivery between March 2012 and December 2013, approximately 300 units are expected to enter service this year. As with the previous order, the vehicle mix will comprise mostly R-series prime movers but will also include a number of the smaller G-series units.
Eddie Stobart, part of Stobart Group, is one of the most recognised road haulage fleets in Britain. The company currently operates a fleet of some 2280 units with a focus on optimum vehicle utilisation in order to maximise efficiencies and environmental benefits.
“This agreement reflects our ongoing satisfaction with Scania and the levels of support provided by the company’s dealer network,” Stobart Group chief operating officer William Stobart said. “Scania’s focus on ongoing development will allow our company to continue providing sustainable distribution and the usual high levels of service to its customers.”
According to Hans-Christer Holgersson, managing director of Scania (Great Britain) Limited, over the past two years the partnership between Eddie Stobart, A. W. Jenkinson and Scania has continued to strengthen.
“Winning such a significant repeat order not only demonstrates that our products meet the operational needs of these two high profile customers day-in, day-out, it also underlines the capabilities of our service organisation when it comes to providing a comprehensive range of back-up services on a relatively large geographical scale.”
A.W. Jenkinson Forest Products and its subsidiaries haul over two million tonnes of green waste, roundwood, chips, sawdust, bark and other timber by-products each year, collected from forestry sites, sawmills and other wood processing industries throughout the UK. The company is the largest supplier of woodchip and bark products in Great Britain.
In 2011, Scania’s share of the UK heavy truck market was 14 percent and its combined bus and coach market share amounted to 8.1 percent.