Paper and packaging transport firm DS Smith Logistics has taken on 61 new Volvo FM 460 Globetrotters via a long-term contract hire deal with TIP Group.

The 6x2 tractor units replace vehicles from a rival manufacturer after a “strong performance” from a demonstrator truck.

India Wacher, fleet compliance and HSE manager at DS Smith Logistics, said: “This is a major order for our business, replacing the entirety of our 61-strong truck fleet. We underwent a thorough procurement process, which considered numerous truck manufacturers, and the Volvo FM emerged as the best truck for the business.

“Our trucks are worked very hard, so we need a product we can rely on and from previous experience we know Volvo are dependable.

“Safety, environment and vehicle weight are the other main factors we consider, while product availability was also an important part of the decision.”

The new FMs, paired with curtainsider trailers also from TIP, will be used to take paper reels from DS Smith’s Kemsley Paper Mill to customers across the UK.

The trucks then bring bailed fibre into the mill, which is recycled back into paper reels.