29 January 2019
British Steel is investing £1.4 million in a new fleet of vehicles to support its distribution network, which are built at Leyland Trucks’ plant in the UK.
The vehicles – 11 tractor units and 7 rigid vehicles – are for the company’s metal centres to supply steel products and services to businesses in the building and construction sectors.
Richard Farnsworth, British Steel’s Managing Director, Construction, said: “This is a significant investment in our future which will enable us to provide an even better service to our customers throughout the UK.
“Our regional metal centres provide customers with a quick and convenient way of buying a wide range of steel products and a first-class fleet is central to our strategy of becoming the supplier of choice to this country’s construction industry.
“The vehicles, coupled with our extensive stock range, will enable us to meet customer needs with next-day delivery in the immediate area while customers can also still make their own collections.”
The trucks, which will be delivered in Spring 2019, are being supplied to British Steel through Birmingham-based DAF dealership Thomas Group and will serve customers across the South East, Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber regions.
Malcolm Robbins, British Steel Construction’s Logistics Manager Distribution UK, said: “We’re committed to improving our service to current and new customers across the network, and this investment will play a significant role in helping us achieve this.
“We recently visited Leyland Trucks in Lancashire to see one of our liveried DAF vehicles on the production line and it’s exciting to know the new fleet will soon be delivering our steel products across the country.”
Phil Moon, Marketing Manager, DAF Trucks Ltd, said: “DAF Trucks is honoured to be supplying vehicles to British Steel to work in their operation. To have some of the team from British Steel visit Leyland Trucks to see the new vehicles in production was great for both parties.”