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Fowler sees ambient growth

Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK:  Fowler Welch’s continued growth in its ambient business has prompted the company to order 30 additional SDC trailers.  The company is also adding 42 new Volvo FH-13 Globetrotter 460 6×2 tractor units.

Fowler Welch managing director Nick Hay tells Cold Chain News that the new order for the SDC trailers was sparked by growth in the ambient side of the business.  “We expect to see 25% growth in ambient over the next 12 months,” adds Hay.

Hay says that Fowler Welch’s vehicle purchasing decisions this year “will very much have Euro-6 as a consideration”.  The new ‘Euro-6’ exhaust emissions standards will apply to all new truck, bus and coaches sold in the EU from January 2014.

The new Volvo vehicles enter service as fleet replacements in Fowler Welch vehicle fleet’s that stands at 412, all under three years old.  The Volvos will be split across the company’s Teynham, Spalding and Hilsea locations.

Volvo’s in-cab Dynafleet driver and vehicle monitoring system will allow Fowler Welch to accurately measure performance parameters across the entire fleet, providing the ability to drive operational efficiency throughout the vehicle life.

“Volvo has been a tried and proven marque for us since 2008,” said head of fleet, Paul Allera.  The FH-13 returns a very good fuel consumption performance, vehicle downtime is minimal, while driver acceptance is unanimous – the lads all rate the truck highly.”

The Volvo FH-13 Globetrotter 460s are powered by 460PS 12.8 litre D13C460 engines coupled to I-shift 12-speed gearboxes.

Fowler Welch has both chilled and ambient fleets, operating out of 12 UK locations as well as locations in the Netherlands.

* Fowler Welch is looking at its IT strategy to improve efficiency.  The company’s new IT director Matthew Downes, says that experience at Weetabix stands him “in good stead to implement a new IT strategy across the Fowler Welch business.”  Hay adds: “His appointment shows our clear commitment to developing the Fowler Welch organisation.  The potential efficiencies to be made from an IT-led business infrastructure are enormous.