Lincoln-based Sternfenster has extended its nationwide delivery fleet with the addition of four new 18-tonne DAF XF 450 FA boxed vehicles at a cost of over £500,000, bringing the fleet to 10 vehicles in total.

Sales director Nathan Court said: “The introduction of our new delivery trucks gives us a greater capacity to respond to demand, which looks set to continue following additional lockdown measures in January and an extremely positive outlook for the retail sector in general throughout 2021.”

The vehicles, equipped with demountable box bodies and tail lifts, are also fully compliant to the Direct Vision Standard (DSV), introduced to prevent road injuries from HGVs with driver blind spots, through the use of specialist camera equipment.

The new delivery vehicles represent the latest in a series of significant investments by Sternfenster including a recent six-figure outlay on its aluminium production facility, which has allowed the fabricator to offer its Smart Visofold aluminium bi-fold, in standard RAL Grey, Black and White and Dual Grey on White – plus its Smart Alitherm 300 casement window in RAL White and Grey on a five-day turnaround.

“Investment in machinery and infrastructure has been key to our growth but it has also allowed us to take the lead on customer service,” concluded Nathan. “Our delivery fleet is a vital part of that and we are already looking to introduce even greater flexibility on service with plans for additional, smaller delivery vehicles in 2022.”