Acumen Automotive Logistics and Lohr Automotive are approaching the final stage of their joint £500,000 refurbishment programme of 20 finished vehicle transporters. The result would see the transporters having had all wiring replaced, a full hydraulic system overhaul, including sliding decks, pipes, and lifting arms, and a comprehensive inspection of all running gear such as axles and braking systems.

The work is being carried out at Lohr’s headquarters in Strasbourg, France and it also includes an evaluation of all safety aspects, including both upper and lower deck walkways and all wear and tear from the loading and unloading vehicles.

“We brought forward our planned refurbishment programme for these transporters to make sure they are in top condition. It’s a pre-emptive measure so we can maintain levels of service while continuing to look to expand operations,” explained Chris Doughty, Managing Director of Acumen Logistics Group.

Even though the transporters are only three and a half years old, they have been moving large SUVs for a manufacturer based in the UK, so it is important to make sure that they are in the right condition to carry on. Approximately 75% of them will be back in service in time for the release of the new ‘18’ registration plate to support Acumen’s delivery volumes in the UK.

“Out of all the contracts we have in the UK, these vehicles are worked the hardest – both in terms of the weight they carry and the fact they are being double-shifted. This proactive refurbishment programme will ensure they operate as good as new,” added Justin Michau, Director of Lohr UK.

Acumen Logistics Group operates more than 200 vehicles, including one of the UK’s largest fleets of open and enclosed transporters. Acumen Distributors is part of the company and it carries inbound European parts and components for tier one and two automotive clients and JIT and JIS movements to production lines.