High-profile Elddis Transport stuck to its tried-and-tested formula by investing in five new Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units.

The operator, which is based in Consett, County Durham, knows from experience that it can depend on their long-term reliability – some of its first, 62-registered trucks from the latest Actros range have already covered well over a million kilometres.

Meanwhile, a slightly earlier Actros from the previous model generation, which has been working intensively on a demanding contract since it was delivered in May 2012, has already clocked up almost a million miles!

Elddis Transport’s fleet of over 150 trucks has been dominated by Mercedes-Benz for almost 20 years. The latest arrivals are Actros 2545 models with BigSpace cabs. They were delivered, like their predecessors, which include a batch of five identical units that entered service earlier this year, by Dealer Bell Truck and Van. A further five are due for delivery in December.

Their second-generation, 12.8-litre, six-cylinder OM471 engines have 330 kW (449 hp) outputs and feature a raft of improvements, including updated turbochargers and revised injection systems, designed to boost economy. These drive through smooth, efficient Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions.

Managing Director Nigel Cook confirmed: “You simply cannot argue with the unstoppable, and very cost-effective performance these vehicles have given us over the years. In a high-mileage application like ours, long-term reliability is a crucial attribute – and one that our Actros have in abundance. They hardly ever need anything apart from the most basic routine maintenance. As an example, one of our 62-plate trucks covered over 800,000 km before we replaced the clutch.

“We’ve also developed an extremely strong working relationship with Mercedes-Benz and Bell Truck and Van – the Dealer has had staff based in our workshop in Consett since 1998 and plays an important role in keeping our business moving forward.”

Vincente Connolly, Director National Sales UK Mercedes-Benz and FUSO Trucks, added: “Nigel and Elddis have been loyal customers and Actros users for some time. Their operation is sophisticated, highly focused and very intensive, so they need reliable, robust, efficient and cost-effective vehicles. Elddis were among the first adopters of the latest generation Actros back in 2012, and the fact that their trucks have each covered up to 1.1 million km amply demonstrates how well our vehicles suit their demands.”

Nigel Cook represents the fourth generation of his family to run a haulage company. Great-grandfather Thomas Cook set up in business with a single horse and cart in 1881, while his son Siddle C. Cook famously ran one of the country’s best-known heavy haulage specialists in the 1950s and ’60s. Nigel’s father, Geoffrey, formed the current Elddis Transport in 1971.

The company has built on its family ethos and retains a high level of loyalty from customers and its long-serving staff. Today, while working across a wide range of sectors, Elddis is highly regarded as an expert in the storage, supply and delivery of consumer goods for supermarkets and retail outlets.