Castell Howell Foods banks on Mercedes-Benz Ategos

Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire, UK: Castell Howell Foods has taken delivery of 16 new Atego 12-tonners.

Castell Howell Foods’ fleet of more than 100 trucks and vans is dominated by mid-sized rigids, the majority are Mercedes-Benz. The new trucks have dual-compartment bodies by Gray & Adams, and Frigoblock fridges, to carry frozen and chilled.

The trucks, supplied by Euro Commercials, are all are 1224 LnR models with low-frame chassis, and S- ClassicSpace day cabs.

The 7.7-litre six-cylinder engines produce 175 kW (238 hp), and drive through Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions.

“We’ve been running Atego rigids in a variety of sizes for 15 years or more,” said Martin Jones, director of transport operations, Castell Howell Foods. “They’ve been an integral part of our ongoing success story, proving in service to be exceptionally tough and reliable, as well as highly competitive in terms of whole-life operating costs.

The new trucks are used primarily on distribution routes into rural West Wales. The lower frames allow for a reduced overall height, to minimise the risk of damage from overhanging trees, but the trucks retain a load volume comparable to a standard vehicle.

Martin Jones, director of transport operations, Castell Howell Foods

Urban deliveries are typically assigned to 15-tonne Atego rigids, while the flagships of the fleet are a pair of 510hp Actros GigaSpace tractor units, which trunk between Cross Hands and satellite depots in Avonmouth, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Chirk, near Wrexham, and Merthyr Tydfil, as well as a cash and carry in Carmarthen.

Castell Howell Foods serves customers in Wales, the Welsh borders and the West Country. Most recently it has launched Celtic Coast Fish Co, which provides fresh fish and seafood from the UK.

www.castellhowellfoods.co.uk

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