Mercedes-Benz Arocs makes a splash with FP McCann
Northern Ireland-based civil engineering contractor FP McCann is enjoying exceptional productivity, fuel performance and driver feedback from its first new Arocs, as well as top-class service from supplying dealer Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI).
The Magherafelt-based operator’s two new 3240K tippers are powered by advanced 290 kW (394 hp) straight-six engines which drive through smooth, 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 transmissions.
Fitted with insulated alloy tipping bodies supplied by McErlean Trailers, of Toomebridge, and Harsh front-end tipping gear, they are expected to clock up around 70,000 km each in their first year.
Both are now hard at work transporting surfacing materials from depots at Knockloughrim and Mallusk, for use on road-building projects, including the A31 Magharafelt Bypass and A26 Frosses Road.
The order represents a breakthrough for Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI) – it is the first time that Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI) has gained a foothold in the FP McCann fleet, which comprises 80 trucks of various sizes, specifications and marques.
“The Dealer has worked very hard to win our business,” acknowledged Regional Quarry & Transport Manager Chris McCloy. “In the end they convinced us that the Arocs was the right vehicle for our operation, and that they could provide the high quality back-up we expect from our suppliers.”
He recalled: “I was invited out to Germany when the new model was launched, and jumped at the opportunity to test one off-road. Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI) later supplied a demonstration unit for us to trial back home. This exercise confirmed that the Arocs is very well designed for off-road work, with excellent ground clearance.”
Mr McCloy said the new trucks have been positively received by FP McCann’s drivers, and the company has now built a solid working relationship with the Dealer.
He continued: “At 19,800 kg the Arocs’ payload is certainly satisfactory, given that Euro VI inevitably makes chassis heavier, while these vehicles are also achieving some very encouraging fuel returns. The comprehensive warranty cover is excellent too, which means every box we look at when choosing a new vehicle has been emphatically ticked.”
In addition to its quarrying and surfacing operations, FP McCann supplies precast and ready-mixed concrete products for a wide range of applications. With twelve precast manufacturing depots across the UK, FP McCann is the UK’s largest precast concrete manufacturer and employs in excess of 1,400 people.