TIP long-leasing to DS Smith fleet

TIP Group has announced it is supporting logistics company DS Smith with a substantial supply of trucks and trailers as part of its fleet renewal initiative.

The paper, packaging and recycling logistics specialists have received 61 Volvo FM 460 Globetrotter 6×2 tractor units and 26 Lawrence David pillarless curtainsider trailers on a long-term leasing arrangement. The units replace the entirety of the existing fleet of ageing units.

TIP worked with management and the fleet team at DS Smith over a period of several months to determine the optimal specifications to best suit the needs of the operation. That operation will see paper reels transported from its paper mill across the UK to customers, with return journeys transporting bailed fibre back to the mill for recycling into paper reels.

Key specification considerations for the tractor units were tare weight, safety, driver comfort and reliability, in addition to environmental performance. With regards to safety, meeting the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating for working in Central London was vital.

The curtainsider trailers were fitted with the Bescart Strapsafe roof-mounted strap system for additional load security, DS Smith livery and are supplied complete with full maintenance package.

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