A versatile team: 18 new Arocs for Van Pelt from Belgium
Vehicle & Technology
Following an order for 18 Arocs, Van Pelt Bouwmaterialen set a new course. The trucks cover a whole range of possible operations.
“About two years ago our company initiated a new strategy for the future,” says David Van Pelt. “Our new managing director took charge of modernising our fleet. That year we bought 18 new Actros trucks,” the business unit manager at Van Pelt Bouwmaterialen near Antwerp in Belgium says.
On the way to digitisation.
In view of the long-term relationship between the two companies, it is not really surprising that Van Pelt chose trucks from Mercedes-Benz. However, the size of the order was something special.
David’s uncle Wim Van Pelt explains: “Mercedes-Benz offered us a perfect package: attractive prices, reliable trucks with a decent residual value and good service. And: the trucks are also well able to survive the odd hit on construction sites.”
Following the introduction of environmental zones in Antwerp, the Mercedes-Benz trucks also guarantee that Van Pelt remains mobile in one of the company's most important sales regions.
Van Pelt had the new trucks fitted with Fleetboard. Combined with GPS Buddy, the system ensures that each driver can see the course of their route on a tablet and communicate with the dispatcher.
“We used to do that using CB radio, now we use GPRS. A next step will be the complete digitisation of our accounting. Here too, Fleetboard will play a prominent role,” David Van Pelt adds.
The 18 new trucks are very different. Five of the new vehicles are Arocs 1840 LS tractor units which pull either a tipper or a flat semitrailer. Furthermore there are three Arocs 2640 LS tractor units equipped with a concrete mixer semitrailer. And the vehicles with a body are not all alike: there is an Arocs 2636 with a concrete pump body, then two Arocs 3240 B with a concrete mixer body, two Arocs 2640 K with a container hooking system, three Arocs 3240 LK tridem with an open loading container and crane, and two Arocs 3240 LK 8x4, also with an open loading container and crane. David Van Pelt: “A versatile fleet which will definitely play a role in the expansion of our logistics hub here on the banks of the Albert canal in Schoten.”
Photos: Dirk Willemen