Turners - who have just taken delivery of their 700th Daf truck - say they are up to the challenges of Brexit
PUBLISHED: 11:05 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:05 14 May 2018
Turners of Soham believe they have the capacity and ability to make the best of Britain’s exit from Europe.
Tim King, group fleet engineer of Turners (Soham), said: “Business is what you make it – and we have the drive to grow our operation still further through the months and years ahead.
“As we prepare to leave the EU, we are in the strongest position possible to make the most of any additional trading opportunities or challenges that may present themselves.”
He was speaking after the company took delivery of its 700th specialised DAF XF 450 FTP truck.
The truck has been ordered to meet the requirements of the rapidly growing family firm that specialises in tanker operations, storage, warehousing and container distribution.
The tractor unit from the Cambridgeshire and Suffolk based DAF family-owned dealership Chassis Cab has been added to the 1750-strong fleet.
It makes Turners the largest privately-owned logistics company in the UK and the largest operator of this model worldwide.
For technical specialists the DAF FTP - sporting its own personal plate T700 FTP - features a PACCAR MX-11 Euro 6 emissions-compliant engine, luxury SpaceCab,
ZF TraXon gearbox and Drivers Performance Assist to help the driver to operate the truck to the best fuel economy.
The truck – voted International Truck of the Year 2018 - will cover over 100,000km per year.
A variety of other DAF models have also been bought by Turners ranging from FTG XFs for use up to 44 tonnes gross combination weight; down to FA LF Models for up to 18 tonnes gross weight and fitted with fuel tanker bodies.
Founded in 1930, Turners (Soham) Limited is today one of the largest independently-owned transport and distribution businesses in the UK. It specialises in bulk tanker and temperature-controlled work and runs trucks from 32 locations in the UK.
With over 2,000 full time employees, it also has six subsidiary companies: PPL, Pro-Fresh Solutions, Browns, Lewis Tankers, Macintyre Transport and Goldstar.
The company’s turnover in 2017 was £400m.
Paul Franklyn, regional sales manager at DAF Trucks, delivered the latest truck to Turners on behalf of Chassis Cab Cambridge. This was just before his retirement, from a career spanning 30 years at DAF Trucks.
Mr King added: “Turners is a name now synonymous with transport and logistics. “Our nationwide operations cover the movement of containers, chilled and refrigerated product distribution and tankers carrying liquids and bulk materials.”