Vul­can Steel makes rigid move

New Mercedes Benz fleet of­fers di­ver­sity in de­liv­ery

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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.

PHO­TOS: COVEN­TRY STU­DIOS

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.

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