5 million pounds investment in more fuel-efficient fleet for cement business

5 million pounds investment in more fuel-efficient fleet for cement business

January 08, 2024
We have invested over £5 million in a new fleet of 54 Volvo FM Globetrotter Tractor units. The new fleet will operate out of our Tilbury and Rugby cement plants and transport cement to customers across the UK.

Fuel Efficiency was a top priority in the investment.

As part of our commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the new lighter tractors provide more fuel efficiency than the previous fleet. The tractors are powered by a high-torque 11-litre Step E engine, which uses reduced friction and a refined combustion process to improve fuel consumption and have been optimised for weight saving to increase payload.

Additionally, the vehicles feature discharge equipment that allows for a greater discharge volume but with less wear and tear on the vehicle engine, providing further fuel efficiencies.

Enhanced Health and Safety features.

In addition to the improved efficiency, the new tractor units also offer enhanced safety and driveability features, meeting the requirements of Transport for London’s latest 3 Star Direct Vision Rating, and as such futureproofing Cemex logistics for the next generation of requirements in the capital city, coming in 2024.

Working closely with the drivers was an important aspect of the investment. By understanding their needs and incorporating necessary features, we were able to introduce features that added to the safety and well-being of the drivers, pedestrians, and other road users.

Some of the enhanced safety features include:

  • City turn radar to ensure there is no susceptibility to inclement weather conditions and no recognition of static road furniture.
  • Improved night work lighting both at the front of the vehicle and the rear of the cab, and low-level side windows for improved visibility.
  • Advance Driver Assistance including adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance system, automatic emergency breaks and vehicle anti-roll driving.
  • The pedestrian detection system uses advanced sensors to help detect people around the vehicle, alerting the driver to any pedestrian or other moving object near the vehicle's intended path. 
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system warning of potential blowouts, increasing vehicle safety and fuel efficiency by keeping tyres optimal.

The investment is a significant step towards achieving our commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, and our goal in decarbonizing all aspects of our operation in line with our Future in Action strategy.

Our Future in Action strategy focuses on achieving sustainable excellence through climate action, circularity, and natural resource management. The new fleet of tractors is just one example of how we are working to reduce our environmental impact.

Find out more about Future in Action here