21st June 2012: CEMEX UK Cement Logistics has added 10 new Volvo FM 12 440 6 x 2 Tractor Units to its fleet of 120 bulk powder fleet. The fleet currently covers around 1.5 million kms per month and the decision to buy Volvo was dependent on the vehicle's whole life costings covering maintenance, ad-blue usage if required and miles per gallon.
The average improvement to existing Volvos in the fleet has been around 0.5 mile per gallon and represents significant fuel savings and operational efficiencies.
Additionally, all units are fitted with Gardner Denver XK12 blower unit, a compressor required for discharging the cement.
In addition, the Readymix concrete business has added additional 24 new MAN concrete mixers, 15 x 8-wheelers and 9 x 6-wheelers to its fleet. These vehicles generally work within a 5 mile radius of the concrete plant, in comparison to the cement tankers which are based at CEMEX's two cement plants and one terminal delivering throughout the country.
Both cement and readymix trucks have additional safety equipment aimed particularly at cyclists such as proximity sensors with audible warning device, signage and additional blindspot mirrors.
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