Mercedes-Benz Sprinter digs in with Northern Ireland’s FP McCann

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter digs in with Northern Ireland’s FP McCann

Mercedes-Benz Dealer MBNI Truck & Van has made further in-roads into the fleet of high-profile civil engineering contractor FP McCann by delivering another two vans.

Their arrivals mean the UK’s largest precast concrete manufacturer has now purchased five Sprinters since it took delivery of its first two Mercedes-Benz vehicles – both 8×4 Arocs tippers – from the manufacturer’s representative in Northern Ireland last year.

FP McCann has extensive quarrying and construction interests, and supplies precast and ready-mixed concrete products for a wide range of applications. It operates from headquarters in Magherafelt, and a dozen precast manufacturing depots located nationwide.

The company’s latest order is further evidence of the flourishing nature of its new partnership with Newtownabbey-based MBNI Truck & Van. “The Dealer’s approach has been impressively professional from the outset,” said FP McCann’s Regional Quarry & Transport Manager Chris McCloy.

“Its vehicles are excellent, too. Our Sprinter vans are engineered to a very high standard and look to be every bit as rugged and well-built as our muscular Mercedes-Benz tippers. That’s important because our vans have to work on some pretty rough quarry sites.”

Like their predecessors, FP McCann’s latest vans are 3.5-tonne Sprinter 316 CDI Medium models with 163 hp, 2.1-litre engines. Both have factory-fitted towbars and uprated 3.5-tonne towing capacities, enabling them to pull plant and other site equipment on trailers.

FP McCann also specified glazed side load doors and commissioned Total Van Solutions, of Newtownabbey, to install four-seat benches behind the front seats. As a result, each van can carry a driver and up to six operatives (Mercedes-Benz offers two- and three-seat rear benches ex-factory).

The Sprinters are used primarily by teams who undertake relatively small contracts, such as resurfacing driveways for private home-owners. “They are ideal for this role,” continued Mr McCloy. “As well as being extremely comfortable for our staff, even when fully loaded, the Sprinter is equipped as standard with a reassuring armoury of safety features.

“Our Mercedes-Benz vans look very smart, too – the fact that we could order them direct from the factory in our own, corporate shade of blue was another significant plus.”

Like all Mercedes-Benz vans, FP McCann’s Sprinters came with three-year, unlimited mileage warranties and MobiloVan cover, which includes free, 24-hour emergency roadside assistance.

Mr McCloy concluded: “MBNI worked very hard to gain a foothold in our fleet and since doing so has continued to provide a very high level of service. Our Mercedes-Benz vehicles, meanwhile, are proving to be ideally suited to our intensive application.”