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Followmont Transport triples truck fleet over three decades

Queensland freight operator, Followmont Transport, has celebrated the delivery of its 150th UD truck.

Followmont Transport Managing Director, Mark Tobin, said the 150th truck is another spoke in the wheel of their relationship with UD.

“We’re excited to be taking on our 150th edition at Followmont Transport, it just goes to show the growth of our business and the strength of our operation,” said Tobin.

“We need reliable and dependable products and find the UD is a truck suited to support our growth, making our jobs easier.

Connecting Queensland from Blackwater to Birdsville and from Cunnamulla to Cooktown, Followmont Transport services more than 20,000 customers including Mitre 10, Repco, Australia Post and Dulux.

“We have a commitment to our customers to always go the extra mile and be relied upon for their transport needs, so we need equipment that is fit for purpose and UD Trucks provide the right product for our business.

“We set high expectations around the service we deliver and we expect the same dedication from our suppliers,” he said.

UD Trucks Vice President, Mark Strambi, presented Tobin with the keys to the new truck, acknowledging the close relationship.

“As a passionate family business, Followmont Transport is 100 per cent dedicated to service and hands-on relationships,” said Strambi.

“These values hold the same importance for UD Trucks; our ethos is to always go the extra mile in everything we do.

“Wherever Queenslanders are, Followmont Transport is there too. And UD Trucks will always be close by to support them,” he said.

With a fleet of 383 trucks, Followmont Transport now purchases an average of 12 to 15 UD trucks per year, from small rigids through to 60-tonne prime movers.

VCV Brisbane North Salesmen, Stuart Blackmore, said of the 150 trucks purchased over the many years of the relationship, 123 are still currently active and on the road.

“The 150th truck is their standard spec for Brisbane metro work.

“Followmont Transport has ordered the odd prime mover, but most of their UDs are 12-pallet or 14-pallet body trucks,” said Blackmore.

Tobin said that he’s been really impressed with the UD Trucks’ Quon.

“UD have been able to retain the cost value, considering the safety and product improvements. I can’t fault them.

“Mechanically we’ve experienced minimal breakdowns and our workshop finds UD accessible for ease of mechanical repairs, assisting with servicing time,” Tobin said – adding that the fuel economy makes them a smart, economical investment. “Fuel economy is in excess of two kilometres per litre and AdBlue usage is below 3.5 percent.”

Tobin is extremely passionate about his people and creating a work environment where everyone is proud to come to each day – and this includes having the right trucks.

“Our drivers enjoy getting behind the wheel; our UDs provide good visibility, easy entry and exit for the driver and a turning circle that’s a good fit for the work that is carried out,” said Tobin.

“We have stayed loyal to UD because they have proved so reliable.

“Really you can put a UD on any run in Queensland and work it hard and be confident that it will not have any problems,” he said.

Blackmore said the UD Trucks’ team is focussed on maintaining their strong relationship with Followmont into the future. “We have done the 100th UD truck handover, now we are doing the 150th. The next goal for us will be to continue to deliver ultimate dependability and celebrate the 200th truck handover with Followmont.”

(Image L-R: UD Trucks Regional Sales Manager, Iain Allison, Followmont Transport Commercial Manager, Gavin Nielsen, VCV Brisbane Dealer Principal, Joe White, Volvo Group Australia President and CEO, Peter Voorhoeve, Followmont Transport CEO/Managing Director, Mark Tobin, UD Trucks Vice President, Mark Strambi and VCV Brisbane UD Sales Representative, Stuart Blackmore.)

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