Air Products Actros (21)

Mercedes-Benz has revealed an order for 90 new trucks from industrial gases supplier Air Products, after a tender process involving several other manufacturers.

The Actros range met Air Products most important criteria - low total costs, maximised use and greater safety, according to the company.

Supplied by North West Dealer Roanza Truck & Van, most of the new vehicles are 2545 tractor units. However, 15 are 2533s.

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The majority of the trucks are now delivered and working from Air Products’ gas production facility and distribution hubs across the UK and Ireland.  The tractors haul gas tank trailers while the rigids, which have tank bodies, deliver to locations with restricted access.

Air Products’ category specialist Andy Stanfield referring back to the tender process said: “Our initial analysis of the bids we received focused on the total cost of ownership, including projected expenditure on acquisition, servicing and repairs, and fuel, as well as residual values. By our calculations, the Actros was clearly the best buy.

"We also demanded the highest standards of safety, and evidence that we could rely on our new trucks to spend the maximum time out on the road rather than in the workshop.”