DAF CF Silent / Feldbinder Command Steer combination for Abbey Logistics
Tank-Ex sees the show debut and the industry-first introduction of Abbey Logistics’ new concept in urban deliveries – the DAF CF Silent and electronically-controlled Feldbinder ‘Command Steer’ trailer combination.
The Bulk liquids, powders and packed palletised goods specialist is already using the new urban tractor / tanker combination on its British Salt contract out of Middlewich, performing early morning and evening deliveries to a large number of high-profile hospitals, restaurants and hotels in the Capital.
DAF Trucks’ new Silent mode is available on CF and XF models powered by the Euro-6 PACCAR MX-11 engine. Introduced principally for urban night-time deliveries, Silent Mode is engaged by the driver by simple activation of a dash-mounted ‘Silent’ button. Beneath the cab, engine software alters performance characteristics to reduce noise levels to less than 72 dB(A).
The UK-first CF 44 FT Silent is joined by seven Euro-6 DAF XF 440 FTP tractor units, also for Abbey’s TATA-owned British Salt operation. The Bootle, Liverpool-based company’s other recent DAF deliveries include 12 XF 460 FTPs, two CF 440 FTPs and five XF 460 FTGs, altogether representing an investment in DAF product totalling £2.5 million.
The most recent deliveries, including the CF Silent, come after a rigorous tender process against three other truck producers, focusing on fuel, maintenance and driver acceptance. “DAF won on every count,” said Abbey’s Managing Director, Steve Granite, “over six months, DAF delivered the most convincing, cost effective whole-life package.”
“We worked hand-in-hand with DAF to bring the CF Silent to the UK, and so soon after its European launch late last year,” said Granite.