New Volvo FMX tippers for NRS Ltd
West Midlands-based firm purchases two FMX 8x4 trucks as part of business expansion
NRS have continued to strengthen their predominantly Volvo-badged haulage fleet with the addition of two FMX 8x4 tippers from Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia.
The quarry operator made the decision to invest in the Volvo tippers and update its equipment fleet was in response to continued growth across the business. The latest purchase rounds up a total of 16 Volvo vehicles ordered in the past two-and-a-half years.
The FMX 8x4 units have been specified with Thompson tipper bodies and key safety features, including five-camera systems, side-scan technology and left-turn warnings. The new trucks are powered by Volvo 13-litre engines, producing 460hp and up to 2,300Nm of torque.
While one of the FMX tippers is a straight fleet replacement, the other is an additional investment to help meet the company’s extra workload.
Phil Marshall, operations manager for NRS, said the specification chosen for the new Volvo truck has proved to be a success in all areas of the company’s haulage activities.
He commented: ‘The last four trucks we’ve bought have been specified with higher-powered engines, which are working out to be more economical and we’ve just ordered two Volvo FMX trucks with 500hp engines, due to those increased fuel efficiencies.
‘Tyre wear rates have also reduced because we use super singles on the front. It’s a combination that we’ll continue with when looking at new vehicles.’
Mr Marshall continued: ‘We’ve always found the Volvos to be reliable trucks that meet all of our needs and requirements. Particular highlights are the I-Shift gearbox and the aftercare support we get from our local dealership in Coventry, which is second to none.’
Founded in 2005, NRS today run four quarries and some of the largest inert tipping facilities and quarrying/recycled aggregate production operations in the Midlands. The company’s 23-strong fleet of Volvo machines range from tippers to concrete mixers.