New delivery fleet

Hurst Plastics has bought 15 new eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans as part of a £500,000 investment programme into company vehicles.

The move, which follows the company’s investment into new vehicles for its national sales team, will help Hurst Plastics to further improve operational efficiency and enhance customer service, the company said.

Mark Atkinson, Hurst Plastics’ sales director, said: “We are incredibly proud to deliver more than 99% of our doors on our own fleet. This record surpasses the industry norm and gives us far greater control over our lead times. By being transparent in all aspects of our supply chain, we are able to maximise efficiency, while minimising delays, and this makes a valuable contribution to how effectively our customers can run their businesses.”

The Hurst Plastics fleet delivers throughout the whole of the UK and consistently maintains an on-time in-full record of above 98.5%.

Jon Brake, Hurst Plastics’ transport manager, said: “As part of our strict environmental policy, we opted for eco-friendly vehicles which are designed to meet Euro 6 emissions. Euro 6 is the most stringent emissions standard, which aims to eliminate most of the exhaust pollutants that have an impact on air quality. Despite taking on more sizeable contracts, we’ve also continued to streamline all deliveries to reduce fuel consumption.

“We deliver up to 7,500 door panels and 1,500 composite doors a month, and each of our vehicles notches up around 100,000 miles a year. It’s important therefore to optimise speed, accuracy and efficiency and reduce our impact on the environment.”