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Volvo Bodybuilder Programme cuts lead times

05 April 2013 #Top Stories #Truck

Volvo Trucks is working in partnership with four key bodybuilders to provide selected vehicles complete with bodywork and reduce lead-times for a range of waste and construction vehicles as a result.

After a successful initial scheme with Thompsons, Volvo have extended the programme so buyers can now opt for an FMX 8×4 fitted with a Thompson Loadmaster steel tipper, an FMX with a Boweld Taperlite steel body, an FL 18t with Hyva’s skip-loader or an FM equipped with a Boughton Engineering Hooklift.

Glasgow-based J&M Murdoch has used the fully-bodied vehicle programme to add three FMX eight-wheelers to its fleet.

“In our business, we need to be able to react quickly to new opportunities,” says Director Andrew Murdoch. “This in turn means that when we want new trucks, we want them as quickly as possible. With the Volvo key bodybuilder programme, we can get a new tipper on the road in about ten days, rather than the standard order to delivery time of around three months. This makes a huge difference to our capability.”

J&M Murdoch’s FMXs are fitted with Thompson’s all-steel Loadmaster Lite tipper bodies, which the firm sees as a good partner for the FMX.

“There’s no point in having fully built up trucks if there’s a mis-match between the chassis and the body” says Tony Cairns, Operations Manager for J&M Murdoch. “The whole truck has to work as one unit, with no compromises. The Loadmaster is absolutely ideal for the FMX chassis. As a complete vehicle, we’ve proven that the package gives us an unrivalled level of performance.”