Scania helps Milkflow to grow
Mount Gambier-based milk transportation expert, Milkflow, has devoted itself to being a vibrant and unique alternative to the mainstream competition – a philosophy that has flowed right through to its on-highway equipment.
Trevor Illman and his family formed Milkflow in 1995, aiming to provide innovative logistics solutions to the milk transport market. Since then, the company has grown to be one of the largest bulk milk carriers in South Australia and is now known for running a high-tech fleet that was solely created to service the demanding bulk liquid market.
High-tech European trucks have always been a key building block of that fleet, with Swedish brand Scania recently taking the lead. Trevor and the team at Milkflow started off trialling the Scania R580 model a while back and then upgraded to the SCR-based R560 range, before eventually changing to the R620 series. The latest additions are four Scania V8s boasting the maximum available 730 horsepower rating.
One reason to opt for the maximum horsepower rating was to decrease the fleet’s average point-to-point running time on routes such as the Mount Gambier-to-Adelaide run. According to Trevor, the 3,500Nm of torque available from the Scania were instrumental in shaving some 20 minutes off the trip to the Milkflow terminal located in the northern Adelaide suburb of Salisbury. At the same time, the 730 series consistently used less fuel than the 620hp models they have replaced.
“At the end of the day, we decided to try more horsepower to get the job done in less time,” says Mat Williamson, Milkflow’s Fleet Manager. “We found the R620s were equally as good on fuel as the 560s were; but the big surprise was the 730 series. We were getting 1.9 and 2.0 kilometres per litre in the first week. I’ve even seen 2.3, which blew us away.”
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