Watts Truck & Van: Focus on John Raymond Transport
We got a great write up from Watts Truck & Van
The company has, in many ways, reflected the wider UK economy with the earlier years being dominated by heavy manufacturing, and in particular, the steelworks of South Wales. The company built on their experience and have gone on to service a wide range of customers that include retailers, food and drink manufacturers, and paper and building material specialists.
In September 2016, John Raymond Transport was acquired by Irish based transport company, Nolan Group. Founded more than 50 years ago, Nolan Group has grown to be one of Europe’s leading transport companies by scale and the shared resources and synergies within the group has added strength and resilience to John Raymond Transport.
With over 485 transportation units carrying more than 50,000 loads annually it is important for the company to have reliable, cost effective vehicles. And for more than 25 years, John Raymond Transport have been using mainly DAF vehicles to ensure they get the performance and returns they need.
Whilst using both Swansea and Cardiff Watts Truck & Van the main relationship was originally with the Cardiff site. However, Nolan Group have historically used the Swansea depot, and so following their acquisition of John Raymond Transport, the relationship with the Swansea depot has also grown, particularly at group level.
Talking recently about why the company uses Watts Truck & Van, Chief Operating Officer Geraint Davies said “We use Watts Truck & Van for the DAF product, the backup and support. Watts are focused, pragmatic and forward thinking. We have a very good working relationship and Watts certainly have a can do attitude.”
With more than 22 million km driven annually, vehicle performance and driver comfort is high on the list of priorities for the business. The majority of the fleet is now DAF as other truck brands have been replaced over the years. DAF XFs are the majority with some CFs in the fleet too.
Talking about why they use DAF vehicles Geraint said “We’re an asset based business and we see that DAF vehicles give us several good years’ service. They are good value for money as they have a great whole life cost. The vehicles are robust and proven and the overall performance of the DAF vehicles is great. Our driver feedback is good too, particularly with the XF. The drivers like the space and functionality in the cab, it’s very intuitive”
“The reason we use DAF and the Watts dealership” said Geraint, “is the product. The product is great and it’s got good back up. We have a good level of service at dealer level and that’s backed up by DAF. Our relationship with Watts is very positive, particularly with the day to day contact. That contact with the service and parts desks is imperative for a successful relationship. They also undertake all the annual testing of our tractor units and trailers at their ATF facility.”
The new Watts premises in Swansea has also been a big hit with John Raymond Transport and Nolan Group. “It’s a fantastic facility” said Geraint. “State of the art with all the facilities you would expect of a modern main dealer.”
With the emphasis on reducing emissions, John Raymond Transport are keeping an eye on the developments with current trials involving electric vehicles. The DAF CF electric vehicles are mainly being used for shorter, inland journeys and whilst they may well become part of future urban life across Europe, unfortunately for many long distance hauliers, electric alternatives are unlikely to be available any time soon, if at all.
“The current electric vehicles being tested wouldn’t really be suitable for our operations.” said Geraint “but we’re all duty bound to reduce our carbon footprint. If DAF electric vehicles come into operation that could meet our needs, then, or course, we would consider them.”
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