Im­pe­rial is the cho­sen one

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

WÖRTH, the big­gest Mercedes-Benz plant in Ger­many, chose Im­pe­rial Lo­gis­tics in South Africa from 150 cus­tomer as the most wor­thy client to get its mil­lionth Ac­tros 2646 LS 6X4 truck trac­tor.

The sym­bolic key to the three-axle trac­tor unit was de­liv­ered to Mark Lam­berti, CEO of Im­pe­rial Hold­ings Lim­ited, by Ste­fan Buchner: head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, and Kobus van Zyl, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Daim­ler Trucks and Buses in South Africa.

Im­pe­rial, which operates a fleet of over 5 000 ve­hi­cles, re­cently fin­ished a year-long study of 10 trucks on three of South Africa’s busiest de­liv­ery routes to see which truck trac­tor works best on each ter­rain.

“The Ac­tros is cur­rently the model of choice for all Im­pe­rial op­er­a­tions in South Africa. This model, to­gether with the sup­port­ing ser­vices and telem­at­ics sys­tem FleetBoard, has been de­vel­oped to meet and ex­ceed all Im­pe­rial Lo­gis­tics’ re­quire­ments,” said Van Zyl.

Lam­berti said first-class lo­gis­tics ser­vices need first-class trucks and con­firmed that Im­pe­rial has for a long time re­lied on the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

He said one of the rea­sons Im­pe­rial Lo­gis­tics uses the Ac­tros is how eas­ily the trucks can be cus­tomised to suit its var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions. The trucks are also backed up by a pro­fes­sional dealer net­work in­tent on en­sur­ing max­i­mum ve­hi­cle avail­abil­ity.

Wörth was es­tab­lished in 1963. It pro­duces the Ac­tros, An­tos, Arocs, Axor and Atego. The Mercedes-Benz spe­cial trucks divi­sion ve­hi­cles Econic, Un­i­mog and Zet­ros, also roll from its as­sem­bly lines. Up to 470 trucks that have been cus­tomised ac­cord­ing to cus­tomer re­quire­ments, leave Wörth each day. — WR.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Im­pe­rial Lo­gis­tics will re­ceive the mil­lionth truck from MercedesBenz’s largest plant in Ger­many.

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