Vulcan Steel makes rigid move
New Mercedes Benz fleet offers diversity in delivery
VULCAN Steel has become the first company in Australia to add a new generation Mercedes-Benz rigid model to its fleet alongside new prime mover models.
The metal supplier now has five Mercedes-Benz models on its Victorian fleet, which is based at its award-winning Dandenong headquarters that features a striking modern steel design.
The Mercedes-Benz fleet now includes four prime movers and the just-added 1630 4x2 rigid model.
Vulcan Steel’s Victorian Operations Manager Jim Michalopoulos said the company has been impressed by the way the new generation prime movers have performed since they joined the fleet early this year.
He said the safety, fuel economy and comfort of the trucks have been the standout elements.
It is clear the new trucks, which meet stringent Euro 6 emission standards, are using less fuel than the models they replaced.
“We are seeing mega fuel savings, we estimate we save 10-12 per cent in fuel alone in the metro run,” Mr Michalopoulos said. “That is pretty big for us.” He has also been surprised by the lengthy service intervals
“The time between servicing is a big plus for us,” he said.
“It means my trucks are off the road less, so we can use them more.”
Vulcan Steel decided to sign up for a maintenance contract with Whitehorse Truck Centre, which is located nearby.
“The Mercedes-Benz maintenance contract is well in front of the market at the moment,” Mr Michalopoulos said.
“My analysis shows that, over a 60 month period, it will deliver a huge saving for our company, with no surprises.”
The Mercedes-Benz is not just popular with the bean counters at Vulcan Steel, the drivers are also big fans.
“The drivers were part of the process of looking at the trucks before we made a decision,” Mr Michalopoulos said.
PLEASED WITH BENZ: Vulcan Steel runs new model prime movers and the new hatchling rigid.
Victorian Operations Manager Jim Michalopoulos.
The new Mercedes-Benz at work with steel distribution.