Carpets International, the UK’s largest carpet manufacturer, has further strengthened its strong ties with Volvo by taking delivery of 24 new trucks to operate out of its distribution centre in Hull. The company has acquired seven Volvo FH12 36 tonne 380 bhp 6x2s, eight Volvo FM12 36 tonne 340 bhp 6x2s and nine Volvo FM9 300 bhp 6x2s, plated at 21 tonnes, to deliver its carpets across Britain.

All the trucks are fitted with Globetrotter cabs to provide added comfort for drivers who are away from base for up to five nights at a time.

The vehicles have been supplied through the Birstall, near Batley, depot of Volvo Truck Dealer Crossroads Truck and Bus Ltd. They will be maintained at the Dealer’s Hull site with the FH12s and FM12s coming with five-year contract hire and maintenance contracts and the FM9s with six-year agreements.

Carpets International, which is better known through its popular brands such as ‘Kosset’, ‘Wilton Royal’, ‘Lancaster’ and ‘Abingdon’, has its administrative heaquarters in Bradford. The carpets are produced at its manufacturing sites in Newbridge, South Wales and Donaghadee, Northern Ireland and stored, cut to order, and then distributed from its Hull site to retailers across Britain.

The company is a major purchaser of Volvos with the marque now making up over half of its 65-vehicle fleet.

"We have always been very impressed with Volvo’s reliability and the back-up that we receive from Crossroads," said Carpets International Group Transport Manager Vic Smith. "In addition, the trucks are very popular with our drivers which is always an important factor in our choice of vehicle."

Published : 27/01/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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