Currently marking its 20th anniversary in business, Future Industrial Services Ltd has put 18 new Volvo FH tractor units into operation. The trucks will be based at several locations across the company’s English and Welsh network of depots.
Joining a mixed marque fleet totalling 177 vehicles, Future Industrial Services’ new Volvo FH tractor units all feature Globetrotter cabs on 4,100mm 6×2 pusher axle chassis. Supplied by Antony Walsh, Customer Solutions Manager at Thomas Hardie Commercials Ltd, the group are powered by Volvo D13K Euro-6 engines with a maximum power output of 500hp. The FHs’ specifications also include I-Shift 12-speed automated manual transmission systems, with Long Haul Fuel and Economy software programmes. The front steel, rear air suspension chassis are equipped with sliding fifth wheels and lead up ramps.
Inside the Globetrotter Cabs, drivers benefit from One Bed Sleeping packages with additional storage cupboards, full leather interiors and microwave ovens. Volvo’s latest Audio Media Package is also present, which comes with a seven-inch touch screen, DAB radio, Bluetooth and MP3 sockets.
The large Volvo trucks order comes after the performance of a similar group of 64-plate Volvo FHs, which have reached the end of their lease period.
“We have since bought these four-year-old Volvos to boost our fleet numbers,” notes Stephen Ansell, Group Fleet Compliance and Asset Manager at Future Industrial Services. “All the 18 new FHs are subject to four-year Volvo Service Contracts that will be carried out at the respective local dealerpoints,” Stephen adds.
David Lusher, Chief Executive Officer at Future Industrial Services continues: “We trialled a few different truck makes and took driver feedback into account, before placing the recent Volvo FH order. We also measure fuel consumption levels through a telematics programme. Our business has grown through acquisition and we’ve used products from a few different truck manufacturers to boost our fleet numbers. However, Volvo trucks predominate our newer purchases. We’re very satisfied with the dealer network support levels and the vehicles have proved reliable in service, with minimal downtime noted.”
Since 1999, Future Industrial Services Limited has offered a range of waste management and specialised Industrial Services to meet the requirement of Government agencies, local Authorities and public utilities, in addition to national and multi-national companies. All of who demand the highest standards and cost effective solutions to their waste management, industrial cleaning, emergency spillage response, decommissioning and decontamination requirements.
The company operates a range of specialist equipment including a large fleet of articulated vacuum tankers able to carry a wide range of products including flammable and acidic materials. Its high vacuum ‘DISAB’ tipping tankers and high pressure jetting units are joined by mobile dewatering units that include a 15-bar mobile membrane filter press, isolation equipment and a mobile pollution abatement plant.
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