MAN sells milestone truck

Quarry, aggregates and recycling specialist Earthline has taken delivery of MAN’s 100,000th UK-registered commercial vehicle.

The landmark delivery comes 21 years after the Munich marque began trading in Swindon as MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd, following MAN’s decision to have its own direct presence in the UK.

“It’s an important day in the history of MAN in the UK,” said the manufacturer’s CEO, Des Evans. “In 1992, MAN held a modest four per cent share of the market above six tonnes, and an equally modest vehicle parc of 12,000 units.

“Today, with a market share of around 11 per cent and with over 50,000 MAN trucks currently in operation on UK roads, we now see MAN established at the heart of the UK industry.”

Chassis number 100,000 is a TGS 35.400 8×4 tipper – Earthline’s eighth MAN chassis in 2013. The vehicle is fitted with a TipMatic automated transmission, Thompson bodywork and Edbro tipping gear.

“We are delighted to have joined MAN on its journey to such a significant, historical milestone,” said Earthline’s general manager, Malachi Chambers.

“We’ve used MANs in our fleet since 2010, and one thing’s for sure – they’re built to last. Our drivers love the TipMatic auto ’box and, from an operational perspective, aftersales support is as good as any I’ve experienced in the industry.”