NEIL Corner, one of CEMEX’s 350 independent haulier contractors, has just taken delivery of a new six-wheeler Volvo FM11 ready-mixed concrete truck – one of 17 new Volvo vehicles equipped with Hymix mixer units to be branded in CEMEX livery.
Representing a significant investment by the company, CEMEX’s national fleet liaison manager, Charlie Stanford, worked closely with engineers and mechanics at both Volvo and Hymix to produce one of the lightest and most efficient vehicles on the market, whilst offering the driver greater comfort and ease of handling.
The new Volvo FM11 with Hymix P2 mixer unit includes the latest technology, including a fully automatic gearbox, an 11-litre (370hp) engine for greater economy, a lower N3 chassis design and nearside foot-well window to give greater visibility, and more storage facilities for the driver.
In addition, adaptive brake control as well as lane departure and advanced forward collision warning systems are fitted as standard, whilst the integrated Hymix mixer unit has electronic CANbus controls both in the cab and at the rear of the truck.
‘Although it’s still early days, this truck is fantastic to drive,’ commented Mr Corner, who works out of CEMEX’s Letchworth ready-mixed concrete plant. ‘Everything is designed to make life easier, from the lighter vehicle, the automatic gears and the hands-free phone. I’ve been driving concrete trucks since 1987, and collecting and delivering concrete couldn’t be easier.’