When Worcestershire CC highways maintenance contractor, Ringway, decided to purchase its own Hotbox, having previously hired one, it decided to take the opportunity to invest in a larger capacity, 5 tonne vehicle.
Ringway drew on Econ’s expertise and had built a single chamber 5 tonne hotbox designed for a 12 tonne chassis, in this case an MAN. With it’s 2 tonne carrying capacity, an 40% increase on the design previously available on the market, the new unit is helping improve efficiency by enabling it’s team to carry more material
Richard Clark, Divisional Fleet and Contract Manager at Ringway, explained: “We worked with our colleagues in the Horsham fleet department and with the team at MAN UK to develop a specification for the unit to ensure that it would maximise capacity on the bigger chassis “Our team work with lots of Econ equipment, including gritters and hotboxes, so when the council decided to go with Econ we knew we could rely on it being a high quality product.
Being familiar with the necessary maintenance is also a real bonus and means we can help keep the hotbox in top condition and ensure we continue to deliver a first class highways service for the Council and the area’s residents and visitors,” he added. The MAN chassis cab is fitted with a rear of cab cage storage area, front mounted 150kg Penny Hydraulic Crane for mounting the gas bottles and heated storage boxes to the nearside and offside of the Hotbox. The Ringway Worcester team maintains not only the council’s fleet of vehicles but also the county’s 4,061km of roads, 3,250km of footways, 1,330 bridges and structures, as well as cyclical maintenance and winter service delivery.
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Ringway operating the highways and vehicle maintenance contract. The company was awarded a new six-year contract in April 2014. 2015 saw further gritter deliveries with a Worcestershire CC spokesman commenting: “We have been using Econ’s vehicles for a number of years and they generate nothing but positive feedback from our team of Ringway gritter operators. We aim to upgrade all ourfleet to Econ vehicles eventually as they represent tremendous value for money.”