Fraikin has signed an 87-vehicle fleet renewal deal with longstanding customer Encon Insulation – a nationwide distributor of thermal and acoustic insulation, fire protection and roofing materials.
The deal for both new and replacement assets, ensures that Encon continues to operate some of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road, helping to lower operating costs whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety.
The new seven year, full service contract hire agreement with Fraikin includes 24 26-tonne DAF CF330 curtainside trucks, 20 curtainside 32-tonne DAF CF400s, plus two flatbed variants of the same truck, featuring Hiab Moffett off-load capability to facilitate specific customer requirements in London – each of the trucks meet Euro VI emissions specification. Also as part of the deal, Fraikin will supply 41 Hiab Moffett forklifts.
In a forward-thinking first for the company, Encon has opted for trucks that feature rear steer axles. This set-up allows for a longer wheelbase and thus increased capacity. The rear steer capability also dramatically improves manoeuvrability – critical for Encon’s fleet, which specialises in delivering to cramped construction sites in busy urban areas. Thanks to the new assets from Fraikin, Encon can maximise safety during delivery, while expanding its capabilities and boosting business by servicing even the hardest-to-reach customers.
Barbara Sudlow, National Facilities Manager, Encon, says: “Fraikin’s understanding of what we do, where we deliver and what our customers expect of us, means it always ensures our fleet specification enhances the development of the company. The positive commitment of the Fraikin account management team to maintaining our fleet, quickly finding solutions to any problems and to always being on hand to offer insight through their extensive fleet knowledge are the cornerstones of this long-term partnership.”
Encon’s 25-year relationship with Fraikin guarantees that its commercial fleet consistently exceeds all current safety legislation, including full accreditation for the Transport for London Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) – which ensures fleet operators adhere to strict safety and emissions standards. Going above and beyond this legislation, the trucks supplied by Fraikin protect vulnerable road users by including both reverse and side cameras, the latter enhancing the left turn proximity sensor fitted to the existing vehicles in the fleet, as well as automatic braking and a lane departure warning system.
Each truck is also fitted with a range of additional equipment for operator safety, including a fall arrest system, an improved load restraint package and energy-efficient LED lighting for on-site deliveries.
The fleet is monitored using mySmartFleet, Fraikin’s full telematics package launched in partnership with Masternaut in 2015. The system collates vital driving data that optimises fleet management, leading to improved economy and an increase in productivity, which in turn helps reduce operating costs – another defining factor behind the continuing partnership between the two companies.