Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a ‘glass act’ for Laddaw
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a clear winner in the reliability
and carrying capacity stakes for Laddaw, the wholesale and distribution arm of
vehicle glass repair and replacement company Autoglass.
A long-term customer for the multi-award-winning model,
Laddaw is now running its first Euro6 versions. All Sprinter 314 CDIs, the 17
new vans arrived via supplier Intercounty Truck & Van, which also delivered
24 Sprinters last year.
Laddaw operates from a purpose-designed head office and
distribution centre in Coalville, Leicestershire, as well as 20 branches
nationwide. Its main facility houses the UK’s widest range of automotive glass
and related accessories; every day, some 15,000 products are handled across its
Laddaw supplies the general trade as well as serving
Autoglass - both are part of the Belron Group, the world leader in the sector.
The company also has a dedicated specialist glazing division, Autoglass
Specials, which repairs and replaces glass on all types of vehicles and
transport ranging from trains to trucks, and from combine harvesters to
Like all of those commissioned last year, the latest
3.5-tonne Sprinters at Laddaw have replaced older examples which it has stood
down. The company runs a fleet of approximately 80 Sprinters, which are the
subject of three-year lease agreements with a third-party provider. By the end
of this period each will typically have covered 125,000 miles.
Melvin Rolling, head of facilities for Autoglass and
Laddaw, said: “Our experience over several years has confirmed the Sprinter to
be outstandingly reliable, durable and cost-effective to operate, as well as
liked by our drivers.”
The long-bodied vans are fitted with customised racking
systems which are exceptionally light, allowing the operator to maximise
payloads. They carry front and rear windscreens and body glass for a huge range
of vehicles, as well as adhesives and other ancillaries.
“We used to run the medium-length Sprinter and retain a
handful of these, but business growth prompted a switch to the long variant,”
continued Mr Rolling. “It is the ideal size for our distribution operation,
which includes making night-time deliveries to ‘stock locations’.
“We supply many of our products to fulfil specific
orders, so it’s imperative that our distribution operation is fast and
efficient - our customers’ customers are relying on us.”