Partnering with rigid truck body manufacturer, Lawrence David and commercial vehicle trailer and rigid bodywork specialist, Don-Bur, the new-look lorries form part of a phased brand refresh project that began with the launch of a fleet of new 7.5 tonne vehicles in July. The updated semi-trailers will feature the familiar Tuffnells name coupled with new curtainsiders and the brand’s signature colours.
In addition, the new vehicles come complete with specialist Don-Bur lightweight, long-life BLADE panels, an improved cargo control system which segregates the load effectively, and Lawrence David’s specialist Trailer-Eye trackers which will enhance Tuffnells’ ability to run the fleet by connecting to its existing Fleet Management System.
In addition, new improved safety measures will also give drivers a safer working environment thanks to the trailers’ new curved couplings – exclusive to Lawrence David – which take away the need to climb on the vehicle catwalk when coupling the vehicles, and two extra LED work lights at the side of each trailer which increase rear illumination whilst reversing.
Peter Birks, Chief Executive Officer for Tuffnells, said of the partnership:
“Lawrence David and Don-Bur have been loyal customers of ours for over ten years and are both fantastic companies, so when the time came for us to refresh our fleet of semi-trailers, we knew they were the perfect choice.
“Tuffnells’ heritage spans over 100 years and in that time the brand has evolved to what it was earlier this year. Our latest refresh goes much further than an aesthetic revamp though, as we’ve been working on a number of changes to how we operate too – all geared towards providing our customers with an even higher level of service and our staff with even greater safety levels. The new fleet looks terrific and we look forward to the new vehicles hitting the roads over the coming months.”
Chris Ward, UK Sales Manager, Lawrence David, added:
“We’ve worked with Tuffnells for a number of years now, as a customer and as a supplier. They know they can count on us to provide them with quality products that will stand the test of time, and because we work with them to make sure the product suits their needs, they know they can rely on us to work in their best interests.
“The addition of Lawrence David’s Trailer-Eye trackers will also enhance Tuffnells’ ability to run the fleet by connecting to their existing Fleet Management System. This will provide customisable and actionable data which in turn will help improve operational efficiency and reduce costs.”
Roy Johnson, National Account Manager at Don-Bur, who took part in the initial design of the cargo new vehicles control system, concluded:
“It’s been very rewarding to work with such a prestigious heritage brand as Tuffnells. We first approached Tuffnells with some samples of our specialist BLADE panels and it was great to see that off the back of this, they decided to call on us to transform its fleet of semi-trailers.
“This project was especially inspiring for us as after being a Tuffnells customer for so many years, it’s great that we’ve been able to give something back and show them what we can do.”
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