If you are an operator covering the Western Isles, Inverness, Skye, Glasgow and all points south it’s a fair bet that your fleet will include the good mix of trailers needed to cover a wide and diverse range of operating requirements. Not surprisingly that’s the case at award winning Stornoway based haulier DR Macleod whose trailer fleet lists virtually all types from flats and curtainsiders through reefers, bulkers and tankers to low loaders.
More recently, the company has taken delivery of two Montracon flat platform trailers, joined latterly by two curtainsiders. The four units have joined the hauliers 90 strong trailer fleet used to do all from nationwide distribution through to moving food to major supermarkets across the islands and carrying all else, not least wind turbine components, excavators and rock crushing equipment.
Product features and benefits aside, company MD Donald Macleod obviously sets store in people and in dealing with people and companies that he has got to know and trust. To this end, he makes a point of underlining his good and long standing relationship with Montracon’s regional manager for Scotland, Andrew White.
Scunthorpe based Motaline Ltd has taken a further six tandem axle Montracon vans. All are used on a dedicated contract moving Lebus three piece suites to distribution centres across the country for onward home delivery. The six join an already 50 strong trailer fleet, with more than half already carrying the Montracon badge. At the time of writing, Chris Redmile, Motaline director indicated that by the time this newsletter is published his company would have placed a further order on Montracon . As he points out, the Doncaster based trailer maker’s prices are competitive, quality and delivery is always reliable and he gets excellent service. In addition, all else being equal, he likes to support local suppliers – Montracon also has a plant at Market Weighton.
“Among others, these are sound reasons why Montracon will continue to figure in Motaline’s fleet addition/replacement plans”, he closes.
Fast growing TWT Logistics Group has taken delivery of the first buckleless curtainsiders to roll from Montracon’s Doncaster factory. Two are already in service with a further two joining this year, the four being used on a contract with Abingdon Flooring.
Apart from the smoother curtain line, TWT were attracted by the unhindered side access for easier loading/unloading plus added security offered by metal “backed” curtains.
TWT Logistics Group operates from depots at Cardiff and Andover in Hampshire, the trailer fleet topping 150 of which well over half are from the Montracon stable.
The company has a large customer base of generally “Blue Chip” customers including the Hoover Candy Group, Sainsbury’s and Abingdon Flooring.