The UK’s largest supplier of building materials to the construction, DIY and home improvement markets has taken delivery of the 1,000th vehicle from its local Mercedes-Benz Dealer.
It was in 2008 that Northampton-based Travis Perkins plc placed its first orders with Intercounty Truck & Van, whose own headquarters are in nearby Wellingborough. Since then the partnership between the two companies has gone from strength to strength.
The landmark vehicle is a green 3.5-tonne Sprinter, a model that accounts for the vast majority (851) of the vehicles ordered by Travis Perkins over the last seven years.
No. 1,000 is one of 19 identical 314 CDI chassis cabs from the same order. Like all of Travis Perkins’ tool hire-specification vehicles, it is fitted with a roof-mounted beacon, while its dropside body is by PPS Commercials, of Bury. It is now working from the operator’s newly-opened branch in Cambridge.
As well as the consignment of 19 Sprinters, the latest corporate order also includes three Vito vans and 11 Citans.
Travis Perkins Group Fleet director Graham Bellman commented: “We carried out a rigorous tender process before committing to Mercedes-Benz, and the Sprinter is now firmly established as the light commercial vehicle of choice for our business.
“It is a premium product in every respect, exceptionally reliable and safe, with a good payload, and a fantastically high level of driver acceptance.”