28 October 2019 by Lucy Pegg

Vehicle news round-up (24/10/19)

With news on; Macpac gets cash injection from Michelin; Grundon expands Bristol fleet; Hambleton introduces electric vehicles, and; Smiths Ltd recycles its fleet.

Macpac gets cash injection from Michelin

A County Antrim-based refuse body manufacturer is expanding following a £40,000 cash injection from Michelin Development.

(l-r) Macpac director Drew Stewart and Noel Mulholland of Michelin Development with the Macpac team

Macpac Refuse Bodies builds and fits specialist units to waste and recycling vehicles operated by local authorities and private companies across the UK. The company applied for funding to develop a new workshop area, including the installation of an overhead crane to boost productivity.

Michelin Development offers subsidised, unsecured loans of up to £50,000 for manufacturing or business to business projects that have the potential to create high-quality, sustainable jobs in areas of the UK where the Michelin tyre company operates. In the case of Macpac, this is the County Antrim area, excluding Belfast.

In the past year, Macpac Refuse Bodies has increased its order book by 50 per cent and is on target to repeat this growth over the next year.

Noel Mulholland, business development manager at Michelin Development, said: “Macpac Refuse Bodies is an example of a growing County Antrim business, gaining sales traction, creating jobs and underpinning the growth and sustainability of the regional economy.”


Grundon expands Bristol fleet

Grundon Waste Management has purchased two waste collection vehicles for its new Bristol depot in a drive to increase efficiency.

(l-r) John-Stephens and Stephen Townsend of Grundon with Spencer Law from RVS

The vehicles are both 26t Mercedes Econic 2630s which have been fitted with Dennis Olympus OL21W bodies and Beta trade bin lifts. They were supplied by Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) via its RediTruck service, which provides refuse vehicles built to each customer’s specification in short-time scales.

John Stephens, general manager for logistics at Grundon, said: “We needed to replace some hired vehicles quickly to make cost efficiencies at our new Bristol depot.

“RVS were able to supply the correct vehicles, to Grundon specifications and meet our tight timescales, at a competitive price.”

Both vehicles were delivered in under four months with Grundon livery. The trucks are fitted with six-way recording camera systems and VWS Enviroweigh Trade Approved bin weighing.


Hambleton introduces electric vehicles

Hambleton District Council has aquired two new electric vehicles as it moves towards an 100% electric fleet in the future.

Cllr Stephen Watson, portfolio holder for environmental health, waste and recycling, and Tim White, fleet operations manager, with the new Hambleton District Council electric vans

The two Nissan eNV200 vehicles were delivered in September and will be carrying out a range of services including the enforcement of fly tipping, waste management and street cleansing. They were supplied by Specialist Fleet Services Ltd, who have a ten-year contract to supply and maintain the council’s waste, recycling and street cleansing fleet.

Stephen Watson, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health, Waste and Recycling, said: “Technology has improved significantly in recent years, enabling us to enter into an agreement that can provide us with electric vehicles with a vision of running a 100% electric fleet in the future.

“If we want to encourage residents to be more mindful of the effects their own vehicles have on our local environment, then it’s right that we look at our own fleet and do something about it.”


Smiths Ltd recycles its fleet

Smiths Ltd of Gloucester has recycled its fleet of vehicles with a major vehicle refurbishment programme.

Smith Ltd of Gloucester have recycled their fleet of vehicles

The skip hire and waste management company has recycled its skip and hook loader fleet with the help of Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS), which is also based in Gloucester. The vehicle bodies will be remanufactured and fitted to new chassis – once refurbished the 13 year old vehicles will be able to provide more than ten years more operational service.

Simon Allen, divisional operations manager at Smiths Ltd, said: “We are a recycling company and we don’t want to waste the resources and energy that went into making these vehicles.  Not only is this a more environmentally sustainable way to refresh and optimise our fleet, it is also much more cost effective than buying new vehicles.”

Spencer Law, managing director for RVS, added: “Like us Smiths are a family-owned, local company and we share the same commitment to high standards. We are delighted they are impressed with the vehicles and we hope we can be of continued service in the future.”

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