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

The Actros range met all of the operator’s most important criteria, which correspondedwith the three pillars of Mercedes Trucks’ all-encompassing RoadEfficiency strategy: low total costs, maximised use and greater safety.

Supplied by North-West dealer Roanza Truck & Van, most of the new vehicles are 6×2 Actros 2545 StreamSpace tractor units with 450hp 12.8-litre engines. However, 15 are 26-tonne Actros 2533 rigids with ClassicSpace cabs and 10.7-litre powerplants which generate 326hp.

The trucks are 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. They are now being inspected and maintained under Mercedes complete service contracts.

Category Specialist Andy Stanfield 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 our new trucks would spend the maximum time out on the road rather than in the workshop. Thanks to their ground-breaking technology the Mercedes ticked both of these boxes.”

Air Products’ new trucks are fitted with Fleetboard telematics and optional Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) systems.

“PPC also encourages more relaxed driving and is just one example of our commitment to staff welfare,” continued Mr Stanfield. “We’ve gone to great lengths to provide the drivers with the best tools to do their jobs.”

Air Products has also specified its Actros with Active Brake Assist 4 emergency braking system, Proximity Control Assist and a driver’s airbag.