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Turners take delivery of their 700th DAF light weight Tractor unit

Turners have recently taken delivery of the 700th DAF FTP light weight 6x2 tractor unit. This has made Turners the largest worldwide DAF customer for this specialist model.

For many years this DAF specified tractor unit has helped Turners maximise payload within its Tank and weight sensitive operations.

The truck was supplied through East Anglian DAF dealer Chassis Cab Ltd who continue to compliment the excellent business partnership enjoyed between our two companies.



DAF Truck Handover featuring Tim King, Group Fleet Engineer at Turners (Soham) (left) and Paul Franklyn representing Suffolk and Cambridgeshire dealership Chassis Cab.

Detailed below is the full press release from DAF Trucks UK.

Chassis Cab Delivers 700th DAF FTP Truck to UK logistics leader Turners

The largest privately-owned logistics company in the UK is thought to also be the biggest operator of the DAF FTP models of tractor units worldwide

Cambridgeshire-based haulage firm Turners (Soham) has taken delivery of its 700th specialised DAF XF 450 FTP truck to meet the requirements of the highly flexible, fast growing East of England-based business specialising in temperature control, 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 which makes Turners the largest privately-owned logistics company in the UK and the
largest operator of this model worldwide.

The DAF FTP - sporting its own personal plate T700 FTP - was purchased outright from Chassis Cab.  It 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 purchased 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.

Tim King, Group Fleet Engineer of Turners (Soham), said: ‘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.’

‘We cover all product sectors including food, building materials and fuels and we are highly committed to evolving the quality services we offer.’

‘Our continuous investment in DAF trucks shows our allegiance to the brand and our commitment to keep our fleet in premium condition.  The DAF FTP is a top-performer; probably the best lightweight truck ever.  It is the optimal truck for weight sensitive work and we are proud to be one of the top buyers worldwide.’

‘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.  Business is what you make it – and we have the drive to grow our operation still further through the months and years ahead.’
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, both in Sales & After Sales.  He said: ‘Turners is such a successful family haulage business – its growth has been unprecedented and we are delighted that DAF Trucks has played such a key role in the company’s development. It has been a pleasure to work with clients like Turners and to support the work of dealerships such as Chassis Cab.  Both businesses are family run and highly respected in the East of England. It’s good to know that collectively we are keeping products rolling - around the UK and beyond - in the greenest and most efficient way.’  

Robert Baxter, Dealer Principal, at Chassis Cab, said: ‘We are extremely proud of this long association with Turners. The business has created its own success by optimising operating costs through continued investment in new trucks and its operational facilities. This is a family business that is always ready for the ever-increasing demands of the modern logistics environment.’

For more information please contact our Newmarket Headquarters in the first instance.
Telephone: 01638 720335