New DAF fleet underlines ‘booming business’ at R Swain Group

  • 20 new Euro-6 DAF CF 460 FTG Space Cabs
  • “Business is booming right across business portfolio…” Fleet Manager, Peter Ham
  • R Swain Group enjoying 97% fleet utilisation
  • Zero downtime from new DAF fleet in first three months

With ‘business booming’, Rochester-based R Swain Group has bolstered its truck fleet with the delivery of 20 new DAF Euro-6 CF 460 FTG Space Cabs. The 6x2 tractor units have been in service for four months and are already returning an average of 9.1mpg on mixed work.

With depots in Rochester, Manchester and Woodville (Burton-on-Trent), Swain is reporting a considerable upturn in business at all three locations. “Business is booming right across our operational portfolio,” said Fleet & Workshop General Manager, Peter Ham, “Fleet utilisation currently stands at 97% - and that means we’ll be on the truck acquisition trail again at the end of the year.

Ham’s decision to stick with DAF in future will be made even more likely after reporting that the latest CFs have suffered no breakdowns or mechanical failures of any kind since entering operation. “Aside from regular maintenance and inspections,” said Ham, “the Euro-6 CFs haven’t missed a beat – not for one minute. Zero downtime is something any operator would enjoy.”

The company cites outstanding service from local DAF dealer, Channel Commercials, as key to its decision to remain faithful to the DAF marque.

“We’re really pleased with our relationship with Channel Commercials,” continued Ham, “and support from both the dealer and the manufacturer goes a long, long way to ensuring we remain a DAF customer.

He added, “We received DAF driver training from Channel Commercials and I believe this had a significant effect on productivity. With a few thousand more miles on the clock, I only see productivity improving still further.”

Swain’s 320-strong fleet is made up primarily of DAF vehicles. The operation covers all areas of the supply chain from pallet distribution, flat bed (claiming the largest flat-bed trailer fleet in the UK), general haulage, Tautliner and a special projects division moving equipment up to 150T cranes. The client base serves all areas of industry from high-tech through to bulk commodities and heavy construction using the Swain fleet and Hallett-Silbermanns operation in Hatfield which Swain acquired in 2014. As well as the significant fleet operation Swain has also invested in a growing forwarding business supporting UK and European customers.

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