Fitment of new ‘Vision’ passenger window boosts near-side visibility for Cemex on 15 new Euro-6 CF 400 FAD 8×4 tippers, to meet urban operational demands.
Readymixed concrete, cement and aggregates supplier, CEMEX UK, has added 15 new Euro-6 DAF CF 400 FAD eight-wheel tippers to its aggregates and coated road-stone operation. Six of the new units are fitted with low-height passenger door windows (designed by Cheshire-based Astra Vehicle Technologies) dubbed ‘Vision’ doors by CEMEX to provide its drivers with enhanced visibility of cyclists and other vulnerable road-users. Importantly, CEMEX’s Vision doors allow for a retractable main window, thus allowing drivers direct access to the nearside rear-view mirrors.
The latest of London’s Metropolitan Police’s ‘Exchanging Places’ events at Canary Wharf (on 29th January) showcased one the first DAF tipper deliveries, allowing cyclists in London to see first-hand the difficulties commercial vehicle drivers face in an urban environment.
FORS Gold member, CEMEX, specified DAF’s ‘Haulage’ 8×4 chassis to provide a lower cab height – some six inches lower than DAF’s off-road ‘Construction’ model – to further promote greater all-round visibility for the driver. While not mandated by current legislation, further active safety features specified by CEMEX include DAF Advanced Emergency Braking System, Lane Departure Warning and Vehicle Stability Control – together making CEMEX’s DAF fleet among the safest on UK roads.
Additional safety devices include side under-run bars, near-side caution boards, Side Scan technology from Brigade Electronics and six-camera VUE system providing all-round monitoring and digital recording of incidents. The new DAF tipper fleet is fitted with Continental tyres featuring ‘ContiPressureCheck’ are fitted to gauge excessive heat and loss of pressure. Bodywork comprises Weightlifter PPG bodies, HYVA front-end tipping-gear and Dawbarn Hydroclear sheeting systems.
The new 8x4s will be joined by 40 Euro-6 CF 460 FTP 6×2 tractors for the company’s cement operations out of Rugby – and which are now on programmed delivery. All latest deliveries have come about following a stringent tender process based on whole-life-costs and pitched against all DAF Trucks principal competitors. Trucks were supplied, and will be maintained on a seven-year DAF MultiSupport R&M package, through DAF trucks’ dealership in Leicester, Ford & Slater.
“We enjoy an excellent relationship with DAF and its dealer in Leicester, Ford & Slater,” said Paul Clarke, Logistics Fleet Engineering Manager at CEMEX, but that doesn’t mean DAF is an automatic choice when we look at new vehicle acquisitions.
“For new fleet purchases, we go to the market with a formal tender process after which we scrutinise whole life costs – and that extends to seven years. Invariably, DAF Trucks comes up with the goods,” he said, “and the DAF UK-network provides an excellent fit for our own country-wide locations.
“We’re passionate about passive and active safety – for our drivers and other road-users,” added Clarke, “We link-up frequently with the Met Police and the recent Exchanging Places event provides everybody concerned with road and safety cycle with an opportunity to engage. We’re one of the original CLOCS Champions and we’re FORS gold members, too – so we know what it is to consider cyclists and other vulnerable road users ensuring that we can all share the road space safely.”
In the UK, CEMEX generates around £775 million in annual sales. In addition to readymixed concrete, cement and aggregates we also supply and install asphalt materials, manufacture concrete block pavings, rail products, bespoke pre-cast and concrete blocks.
CEMEX operates a comprehensive national supply network to ensure that quality materials and services are available to customers locally.
Holding the enviable position as market leader in readymixed concrete and a leading supplier of mortars and screeds, our reputation for reliability and unrivalled technical expertise has been built up over 80 years serving the UK construction industry. Nationwide the company operates over 230 concrete mixing plants to ensure efficient delivery to virtually any location in the UK.
Our capacity is impressive not only in scale but also in terms of logistical capability; delivering throughout the UK by road, rail, sea and inland water.
CEMEX offers a complete range of market-leading concrete mixes designed to meet every application. Our technical team can help advise you to find the ideal products that meet your needs.
CEMEX employs around 3500 people in the UK who work to our core values that underpin our commitment to corporate and social responsibility and sustainability including:
COLLABORATION – CEMEX works with stakeholders to develop programs that meet their needs
LEADERSHIP – CEMEX is a leader in the effort to build a more sustainable future for our company, industry, our global society and our planet.
INTEGRITY – CEMEX insists that all employees carry out their responsibilities in line with the highest ethical standards.