CIWM Business Club Member News Update

Dennis Eagle Partners With Birmingham City Council

Dennis Eagle has entered into a partnership with Birmingham City Council (BCC). In August the Council awarded Dennis Eagle the contract to supply up to 87 refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) to service the city of Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

The vehicles are being supplied in several configurations to tackle the many challenges their operations in the city pose.

BCC is currently modernising its collection services for the 21st century and Dennis Eagle’s close involvement in this.

At a time when BCC seeks to offer increased recycling capacity, reduce fleet downtime, and improve fuel economy and emission standards, Dennis Eagle’s Euro 5 and Euro 6 vehicles accomplish these goals and go further.

And though RCVs account for only a small proportion of road traffic, the reduced emissions and speedier collections offered by the Elite 6 will improve air quality and life in the Birmingham area.

“We have an RCV fleet that is fit for purpose, playing a key role in the wider transformation of our refuse collection service,” said Asha Kadara, Service Manager at Birmingham City Council, referencing the impending November introduction of wheeled bins in Birmingham for recycling and rubbish collections.

“With sustainability playing a large part in what BCC looks to procure, the purchase of the Euro 5 and Euro 6 chassis will help the environment in terms of the Council’s carbon footprint, producing fewer CO2 and NOx emissions which will benefit the residents of Birmingham.”


Schmidt Receives Widespread Interest In New Products At RWM

Aebi Schmidt reported unprecedented interest in its Euro 6 Compact Swingo and Cleango at RWM in partnership with CIWM this year.

The event represented a timely opportunity to showcase the new products, which boast an array of benefits beyond meeting the Euro 6 emissions regulation. The Swingo features a low centre of gravity engine installation with logical layout and vertical exhaust, for example, while the Cleango offers 685-litre fresh water capacity, which can be upgraded to an impressive 1,385 litres.

Simon Stringer, Area Sales Manager, London and the South East, said from the show floor: “We have received unprecedented demand for demonstrations of the Euro 6 Compact Swingo with customers keen to see how the cleanest engine on the market can further improve the environmental friendliness of their operations.”

The Euro 6 Swingo combines telematics and fleet monitoring technology with lower fuel consumptions, lower exhaust emissions, lower noise and the best operator comfort available. It is as environmentally and user-friendly as possible.

All round, dual circuit disc brakes as standard provide safe, straight-line braking. Huge investment went into the ergonomically friendly cab with as much glass as possible to enhance operator visibility. Every detail has been accounted for to make the operator’s environment as conducive as possible to safe and efficient sweeping operation.


SFS Invests In Supporting Customers

As part of an on-going drive to provide the most comprehensive and efficient support for its customers, contract hire and fleet management company Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) has invested in six new service vans to boost its nationwide mobile engineer service.

SFS even designed the internal fit out of the new Mercedes Vito vans to accommodate specialist tools, parts and work benches. The vans will be used to support SFS own workshops and those that it runs on behalf of local authorities.

Bob Sweetland, managing director, SFS said: “Our customers are our number one priority and we continually invest in our staff and resources to keep their fleets running smoothly.”

A member of the Rothschild Group, with over 20 years experience in delivering successful contract hire, fleet and workshop management solutions to the public and private sector, SFS has an unrivalled combination of financial strength and experience, and the ability to meet the most complex of fleet requirements.

In October 2013 SFS completed its contract hire offering and brought in additional engineering expertise, with the acquisition of one of the UK’s principle spot hire companies, Collett Transport Services.

As part of its expansion plans, in August this year SFS established a new asset finance company, Five Arrows Vehicle Finance (FAVF), focusing on the lease and hire purchase of commercial vehicles to the recovery, haulage, bus & coach and self-drive hire industries.


Get Ready For Winter With Bucher Municipal’s Winter Equipment Range

Johnston Sweepers extends its Winter Maintenance range in the UK and now represents possibly the largest winter maintenance provider in the world, according to the company.

Bucher Municipal, its Swiss sister organisation, has brought together the three product ranges, previously represented separately, all under one brand under the Bucher Municipal banner.

The combination of best practices, experience and innovations from the manufacturing plants in Germany, France and Italy, headed up from Switzerland provides equipment matched to meet the most demanding environments on the planet.

Johnston Sweepers has chosen this year’s Cold Comfort show in Manchester to launch the comprehensive and innovative range of winter maintenance equipment in the UK – including a brand new electric gritter, the One Electra, unique to the UK market.

The range offers a genuine alternative to the spreaders and snow ploughs currently available in the UK, and follows extensive development between Johnston and Bucher Municipal to arrive at a UK specification which is ideally suited to the conditions and type of salt and grit used on our roads.

The wide choice of equipment ranges from 1m3 slip-in spreaders, to 12m3 permanent mounted spreaders, snow blowers and snow ploughs – and now the brand new One Electra electric gritter, offering ultimate low-noise and environmentally-responsible operation. The product line-up also includes airport winter equipment for a full range of applications.

The Johnston Bucher Municipal Winter Range is underpinned by Johnston’s nationwide Customer Support network supplying comprehensive service back-up throughout the UK.


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