Haulage firm Owens orders new fleet of trucks for Llanelli and Wrexham bases
Llanelli-based Owens Group has ordered almost 80 new trucks for its south and north Wales operations. The family-run haulage and logistics firm has been a key link for buyers and suppliers throughout the past year during the Covid-19 pandemic and are showing no signs of slowing down. The firm has been involved in the mammoth effort to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS across the UK.
Drivers and other logistics staff worked long hours to ensure frontline NHS staff had adequate PPE stocks available and are fully protected at all times The new truck order will see 27 of the new vehicles being based out of the Owens Group Llanelli depot in Carmarthenshire and 50 based at their Wrexham facility in northeast Wales. The new MAN TGX Trucks, are replacing competitor vehicles and will boost MAN’s presence to represent almost 50% of Owens Group fleet.
“MAN TGX have played a major part in our vehicle fleet for some years now,” said Eurof Owen, the company’s commercial director.
“Our MAN trucks have proven robust, reliable, and extremely efficient and we’re looking forward to the new vehicles arriving.
“The MAN TGX’s are also a firm favourite with our drivers who appreciate the cabs spacious interior, the build quality and the overall driving experience. “By adding some new creature comforts and enhancing the specification we can see these new vehicles being even more driver friendly and welcoming.” These latest vehicles offer Owens Group driver’s a comfortable, safe, and relaxing workplace, and a true home-from-home level of comfort when spending nights away.
Enhancing the vehicle specification Owens Group has equipped the cabbed vehicles with under bunk fridges, comfort mattresses, satellite navigation, and MAN’s revolutionary SmartSelect which provides the driver with a touch-free infotainment system.
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Owens Group put safety at the forefront of everything they do and the new Owens Group TGXs also features a raft of measures Eurof Owen continued: “Over the years we have formed an excellent working relationship with our local MAN dealership, WG Davies of Swansea. “The team there totally understand the needs of our business and offer us an outstanding level of support, helping us maximise our fleets productivity and uptime.
“They are always on hand and ready to assist.” Eurof added: “We invest in and refresh our fleet regularly and today 90% of our vehicles are under three years old. ” Owens Group’s new fleet of 77 Man TGX’s will all wear the traditional Owens Group distinctive and instantly recognisable livery.
Across the entire fleet, including vans, Owens Group is Wales’s largest independent logistics and warehousing company, currently they operate more than 550 vehicles and 850 trailers. Owens Group employs more than 1,100 people nationwide and throughout their UK depots they offer their customers a dedicated and professional 24/7 service. At the start of the year founder and managing director of Owens Group, Huw Owen, was given the MBE for services to employment and to the community in Llanelli and south Wales.
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