Jun 22, 2012
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With operations in more than 60 countries, Lafarge is one of the world’s larger manufacturers of building materials. Lafarge Gypsum South Africa (SA), a division of Lafarge, runs a fleet of long-haul trucks carrying construction materials, such as plasterboard, bagged cement, steel ceiling grids, metal studs and aluminium profiles.
“Following Lafarge’s research and develop- ment work in the UK to reduce the environmental impact of its long-haul truck distribution fleet, while improving the safety of drivers and ground personnel, Lafarge Gypsum SA has initiated a pilot programme, in partnership with MAN Truck & Bus South Africa and Imperial, to replicate what is being achieved in the UK fleet,” says Lafarge Gypsum SA supply chain manager Richard Nancarrow.
A combination of design and comprehensive driver training forms the foundation of this green transport initiative. The aim is maximum possible payload with the lowest possible fuel consumption.
The existing Lafarge Gypsum SA truck fleet comprises some 30 truck-trailer combinations, powered predominantly by 6 × 4 derivatives from MAN.
The new green fleet is managed by Imperial and started duty in May with the launch of two MAN TGS WW 26.440 truck-tractors pulling new low-tare mass, teardrop-shaped, curtainsider semi- and interlink trailers fabricated by SA Truck Bodies, under licence to UK-based trailer builder Don-Bur.
“Our partnership with Lafarge and Imperial is the perfect opportunity to set new benchmarks from productivity, fuel economy, safety and environmental perspectives,” says MAN Truck & Bus SA sales support manager Ian Carmichael.
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