Mitsubishi Canter

An order for 11 Mitsubishi Canters has helped fill a hole in the fleet of civil engineering contractor CLC Construction.

The company specialises in reinstatement work for the utilities industry across the south-east of England, and runs more than 40 trucks at up to 32 tonnes gvw.

Until recently CLC relied on Ford Transits at the lower end of the weight spectrum but has now replaced all of these with dropside-bodied 3.5-tonne Canter 35s.

Contracts Director Sean Clark explains: "Previously we rented all our vehicles but then decided to buy our own fleet. Price was certainly a major factor in the Canter’s favour – the deal on offer from Hatfield dealer S&B Commercials represented excellent value for money.

"However, we looked at lots of alternatives and the Mitsubishi also appeared best suited to our application, particularly with regards to its strength and durability. Our vehicles lead a tough life, going out fully loaded every day, and they have to be able to stand up to heavy use.

"Additionally, the Canter’s 3.0-litre engine has plenty of pulling power, while its compact dimensions make it very manoeuvrable in tight city streets."

CLC Construction was formed in 1994 and the majority of its work entails high-quality reinstatements to pavements and roads dug up by water, gas, electricity or telecommunications companies.

CLC uses sophisticated satellite technology to track all its vehicles around the clock, allowing for flexible and efficient deployment, and is also proud of its record of recycling 100 per cent of all excavated materials since January 1999.

Published : 06/12/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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