OWENS GROUP EXPANDS FLEET WITH RENAULT TRUCKS RANGE TS
One of the UK’s leading providers of flexible transport and warehousing solutions, the newly-rebranded Owens Group, has expanded its 300-strong mixed Renault Trucks, MAN and Mercedes fleet to include its first Range Ts. Twenty 44 tonne Range T460 6x2 tractor units, supplied by Renault Truck Commercials, have hit the road and are being used for double shifting 24/7 across South Wales, London and the Midlands for the Owens Group’s retail division.
The vehicles have been supplied on a full 3 year contract hire basis through BRS Ltd and are being supported by Renault Truck Commercials Cardiff.
Operations Director, Ian Owen explains why he selected the Range Ts: “Following our recent rebranding from Owens Road Services to the Owens Group and hitting £50million turnover, we were looking to expand our fleet as well as update some of our older models. Our business is extremely competitive so we need to be at the very top of our game. We’ve worked with Renault Trucks in the past and always had an honest and trustworthy relationship and I am very comfortable dealing with them. I have found that Renault Trucks sticks to its word and if any issues do arise, they are extremely supportive and swift in finding a resolution.”
He continues: “Attracting and retaining the best drivers to our company is fundamental to the success of our business. Having the best trucks on the market helps us to achieve this objective and the new tractor units have been enthusiastically received. Our drivers like the layout and size of the Range T cab, position of the controls, the modern look and have awarded top marks for comfort too.”
On the crucial issue of fuel, Ian comments: “We had a fleet seed on long term trial and the fuel return was very impressive, achieving up to 9.3 mpg. The new Range Ts have only been on the road for a few weeks but we are already seeing up to 9.5 mpg, which we expect will improve further as the vehicles run in.”
The Owens Group was originally established in 1970 with one transit van by brothers Huw and Eurof Owen offering light haulage operations carrying furniture, kitchens and piano parts from Llanelli, South Wales.
Today, whilst still wholly family owned and run, the Owens Group has grown and diversified to employ 600 people with depots in Llanelli, Port Talbot, Bridgend, Newport, Droitwich, Avonmouth, Hemel Hempstead and Wrexham, offering distribution services and warehousing for manufacturing, FMCG and contract distribution markets with the emphasis firmly on quality cost and delivery. The Owens Group is honoured to support Follow your Dreams, a charity which inspires children and young people with learning disabilities to recognise their ambition, potential and aspirations. The charity is featured on some of the Owens Group’s trailers with the aim of gathering support and to help more children.