Mining firm Orica UK has continued its long-standing partnership with Volvo Trucks and added another four Volvo FMX 460 6x4s to its fleet.

The new trucks are equipped with MEMU mixing tank bodies that are used to make explosives for the mining and quarry industries.

The business has been using the Volvo chassis for its specialist trucks for more than 20 years.

Ian Gregory, specialist operations support at Orica UK, said: “We first switched to Volvo in 2001 and have stuck with them since then.

“Today, all 15 trucks that we run in our UK operation are Volvos.

“In fact, our first Volvo chassis is still in service and just passed its MOT earlier this month at 23 years of age.

“We have never had a major issue which, considering we have the engine constantly running to power the PTO when we’re on-site, is pretty impressive.”

Orica UK has added four new Volvo FMX 460 6x4 rigids to its fleet

Orica UK has added four new Volvo FMX 460 6x4 rigids to its fleet

Source: Volvo Trucks UK

Each finished truck comes with full ADR certification and is powered by a Euro-6 compliant Step E diesel engine, producing 460hp and a peak torque of 2,300 Nm.

Orica also opted for Volvo’s X-High chassis for additional ground clearance, essential for its off-road operations in quarries across the UK and Western Isles.

Orica UK is part of Orica Group, a mining and infrastructure solutions provider involved with the production and supply of explosives, blasting systems, mining chemicals and geotechnical monitoring.