Global Transport and Logistics provider DSV, a subsidiary of DSV A/S, has just taken delivery of their 1,000th UK MAN Truck.
Through their own strategically placed hubs, DSV plan and route the daily delivery of full load, part load and groupage shipments both nationally and to and from Europe. DSV operate more than 20,000 trucks on the road each day across Europe, with offices in more than 80 countries worldwide, DSV offer global import and export services via road, air and sea.
DSV’s latest fleet edition is a New MAN TGX 26.500 6×2 tractor featuring the range topping flagship XXL Cab. Based out of DSV’s Immingham depot it will travel throughout the UK delivering unitised loads.
In marking the significance of the 1000th MAN truck to enter service for DSV in the UK, unlike the traditional DSV deep blue livery with white lettering, the new vehicle is painted in a commemorative silver with the DSV logo in black.
Keith Northen, Manager, Fleet, Immingham DSV Road division, UK, said: “This vehicle marks not one, but two milestones for DSV here in the UK. Firstly, it is the 1000th MAN truck that we have operated within our UK fleet over the past 20 years, and secondly all 1000 vehicles have been sold to us by the same contact from MAN, Mark Price. We have a long-term, firmly established and trusted relationship with both Mark and MAN,” Mr Northen expanded. “With over 20 years of experience in specifying and supplying our vehicles, Mark knows exactly what we need and delivers on time, every time.”
The New TGX 26.500 XXL joins an existing fleet of 172 DSV vehicles, 142 of which are MAN. DSV Commercials located in Immingham, a MAN Truck & Bus franchised service provider, prepare all new DSV vehicles and maintain their own fleet locally, a service that they have provided since 1988. During the preparation process, DSV Commercials fit internal and external fire extinguishers, anderson lead power sockets, palm couplings, tyre pressure information labels and hazardous chemical signs to the grille. The MAN dealer network supply a high level of service and support at other DSV locations throughout the UK.
Mr Northen continued: “Vehicle service and support is a key factor for our business, if we’re not on the road we’re simply not delivering our customers goods. The MAN Dealer Network is first class, they are commercial vehicle specialists, so they understand the challenges of running an operation such as our own, and the importance of uptime in keeping our business moving. Covering an average 120,000kms a year our vehicles will be in service for four years, this means that fast, responsive and customer focused back-up is essential. At DSV we recognise and reward both commitment and excellence and as a thank you, the new Flagship vehicle had been handed over to one of our long-term drivers Tim Cook. Tim has an exemplary work ethic, he is a well-liked character by both management and work colleagues and he’s always willing to go the extra mile and assist work colleges without prompting.”
As the flagship of the DSV fleet the TGX has been specified with an enhanced level of driver comfort, these features include: MAN’s Style Package, leather seats and cab trim, satnav with 7-inch colour screen and air-conditioning. Safety, an area in which DSV places great value, is at the highest level thanks to MAN EBA emergency brake assist, lane departure warning and cornering lights. Ensuring maximum efficiency the TGX has been fitted with MAN EfficientRoll and EfficientCruise, a sliding 5th wheel – helping maximise aerodynamic efficiencies and, Alloy wheels fitted with Michelin Eco tyres.
Supplying the first MAN truck to DSV UK back in 1997, a 22.403 6×2 F2000 tractor, Mark Price, International Key Account Manager MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd, said: “It’s been a delight working with DSV for all these years, I can remember each and every vehicle. This new one however holds a special significance for me, not only is the 1000th vehicle that I’ve personally sold to them, but it also has a unique one-off livery to mark the occasion. DSV are true professionals in the field of road transport service and over the years the partnership between DSV and MAN has gone from strength to strength. I’d personally like to thank DSV for the business over the last 20 years and look forward to the next 20.”