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Samworth Brothers returns with new order for 48 Mercedes-Benz Actros

Since acquiring Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units, Chamber strategic partner, Samworth Brothers has been delighted with the fuel efficiency and uptime of the equipment. Since installing the units a year ago, Samworth Brothers have committed to the delivery of a further 48.

The latest additions to the Leicester-based temperature-controlled distribution specialist’s fleet are all from the new-generation Actros range and arrived, like their predecessors, via East Midlands Dealer Mertrux Truck and Van.

All feature the ground-breaking technology which saw the new Actros recently win the International Truck of the Year 2020. Highlights include MirrorCam, which replaces conventional mirrors and represents a major safety advance; streamlined profile of the camera housings; the state-of-the-art Multimedia Cockpit, which brings connectivity and intuitive operation to the fore; and enhanced versions of the Active Brake Assist emergency braking and fuel-saving Predictive Powertrain Control systems.

The new trucks have lined-up alongside the 18 Actros 2545 StreamSpace units which have impressed since they entered service with Samworth Brothers in December 2018, thanks, in no small part, to the timely, customer-focused back-up provided by Mertrux.

Samworth Brothers Operations Director, Paul Marrow commented: “We’ve forged excellent relationships with the Dealer’s Fleet Truck Sales Manager Bob Holt and his colleagues, and with the manufacturer’s Strategic Account Manager Matt Lee. Mertrux are very supportive - we’ve felt from the outset that Mercedes-Benz really wanted our business and had a fantastic vehicle which could meet our high expectations, as it’s proved.”

The operator maintains its trucks in-house but relies on Mertrux for technical assistance and management of an imprest parts stock.

Paul continued: “The feedback I get from my vehicle maintenance and transport managers is really positive. In the 12 months we’ve been running them, our first clutch of Actros has proved reliable, and workshop time has been put to a minimum. The Dealer’s response times, meanwhile, irrespective of whether the query relates to service or parts, are always very good.

“We spend a lot on fuel, so economy is a huge factor in our decision-making process. We’re getting a better mpg performance from our first Actros than we do from other, comparable vehicles, and I’m very excited about the additional benefits in terms of further reductions in diesel consumption which the new models offer.”

Samworth Brothers operates more than 120 of its own trucks, as well as approximately 230 semi-trailers of various configurations – it also supplements the fleet with rental vehicles. The bigger, flat-floored units are on nationwide distribution work, much of which entails pulling double-deck trailers. The smaller models are assigned to more local duties.

Paul explained: “We make a lot of collections from production facilities in and Leicestershire. The fact that the 10.7 litre Actros are so much more compact, and offer better low-down visibility, makes life easier for drivers. These trucks are interchangeable between shunting and distribution activity, though, which means we have the flexibility we need within the fleet.

“The leading technology such as MirrorCam and Active Brake Assit, combined with third-party camera systems, make the new Actros high up with the safest trucks on the road.”