DEBUT: The only way is Renault
Essex-based hotel and restaurant laundry supplier Fresh Linen Ltd are taking delivery of their first-ever Renault trucks.
Seven new Midlum 220.12s have been obtained through Norfolk Truck and Van, replacing their 12-strong MAN fleet.
All vehicles have Optitronic gearboxes and have been fitted with larger 200litre fuel tanks.
They have box bodies and 1,000kg column tail lifts, and will be used to deliver freshly-laundered linen and bathroom towel radiators to hotels and restaurants in London and the South East.
Karl Bueggeln, Financial Controller of Fresh Linen, said: “In order to streamline our operating costs, we decided to replace our fleet of 18tonne and 15tonne trucks with lighter vehicles.
“Not only is the Renault Midlum very competitively priced but it also offers us many distinct advantages.
“Although the Midlum is a lighter truck, it still has the volume that we require and its shorter wheelbase gives improved manoeuvrability – a key benefit, as most of our deliveries are in urban areas.”
Another requirement was to be able to manage fuel consumption more effectively, while the new trucks have also been fitted with CCTV and phone systems.
“The dealer arranged for larger fuel tanks to be fitted in the new trucks,” Mr Bueggeln added.
“This increased fuel capacity means that our drivers can fill up at our central depot, with no need to refuel elsewhere – allowing us to budget accordingly.
“Similarly, the automated Optitronic gearboxes mean that all of our drivers should return the same fuel, which will not only help reduce our fuel consumption but will also allow us to budget more effectively.
“Also, having CCTV fitted to the trucks helps reduce insurance claims and makes the whole insurance process quicker and easier.”
Fresh Linen Ltd were established in August 2010 and are based in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.