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J Clarke adds temperature control trailers

Elford, Staffordshire, UK: Truck and trailer rental specialist J Clarke Transport has taken delivery of its first new Mercedes-Benz trucks for a contract with a supermarket.

Operating from a regional distribution centre nearby, the Axors pull refrigerated trailers – including four new single-deck, dual-temperature versions which J Clarke has just purchased from Gray & Adams – and are delivering to stores throughout the Midlands.

J Clarke Transport has taken delivery of its first new Mercedes-Benz trucks for a contract with a supermarket

Plated for operation at 38 tonnes gvw, all are 4×2 Axor 1840 tractor units with standard cabs and  400hp 12-litre engines, which drive through 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift automated transmissions.

Robert Pallett, operations director, J Clarke Transport, says: “We’ve also recently bought two more secondhand Axors, a 26-tonne curtainsider and an 18-tonne platform with crane.”

“We’ve concentrated on providing locally-based operators with a first-class rental service,” Pallett says, “and as a result, the business has gone from strength to strength.”

J Clarke Transport was already maintaining its supermarket customer’s equipment when it landed the prestigious new vehicle and trailer supply contract.

Pallett says: “Midlands Truck & Van were very helpful and we’ve taken advantage of some highly competitive Mercedes-Benz finance which was arranged by the dealer. The trucks have also been very well received by our customer and its drivers, so it’s all looking good.”