Daimler has announced it has clinched a key sale to major transport operationRon Crouch  with eight Mercedes-Benz and Fuso trucks being purchased by the operator..

Ron Crouch Transport, executive director Geoff Crouch, has taken delivery of four new Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks in the last month bringing the  tally to  12 current generation Actros models on the company’s fleet.

As well as the new Actros models, Crouch has also  ordered four new Fuso trucks for work in and around Melbourne.

The fleet expansion comes at a time of growth for Ron Crouch Transport, which has just opened two new distribution centres and appointed a chief executive officer and a National 3PL manager.

Ron Crouch Transport distribution already has centres in Wagga in regional NSW and at Laverton in  Melbourne’s west, but the company has taken the opportunity to add a new distribution centre in Brisbane and to significantly develop its existing 2800 square metre Sydney distribution centre, transforming it into a purpose-built 12,500 square metre facility.

Daimler Truck and Bus president and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, says it is an honour to support Geoff and the team at Ron Crouch Transport.

“Geoff is a highly valued Daimler family customer and we are especially proud to provide his company with the safest and most efficient trucks available in Australia,” Mr Whitehead said.

“Daimler is in a unique position in that it can provide the safest and most cost-effective trucks across an unparalleled range of trucking applications,” he said.

Geoff Crouch says it was an easy decision to select more Actros trucks for his fleet.

“The trucks have certainly delivered the fuel economy improvements over the models they replaced in the fleet and they have all the latest safety equipment, which is paramount for us and our customers,” Crouch said.

He said the Fuso Fighter models ticked all the boxes.

“The Fuso trucks are perfectly suited to our requirements,” said Geoff.

He adds that he was also motivated to purchase from the Daimler Trucks family.

“We have a good relationship with the Daimler Trucks dealership network, which gives us an excellent level of support,” he said.

Crouch said he will put all the recent purchases on a maintenance contract with Daimler, which gives a high level of financial certainty.

“It is nice to not have to worry about unbudgeted expenses that can occur towards the end of a truck’s life. Having them on a maintenance contract gives operators additional peace of mind.”

Ron Crouch Transport recently announced Graham Bailey would join the company as its CEO, while Dale Bigham would be the new National 3PL manager and Peter Braneley has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer.