vGroup helps fleets to lose weight with innovative new vehicle lining solution
Light commercial vehicle fleets can expect to cut operating
costs following the launch by vGroup
International of a new
polypropylene lining panel set to transform the sector.
characteristics of the lining unveiled by vGroup International’s vComms
division, the UK’s market-leading provider for commercial vehicle accessories, is
claimed to deliver a massive advantage when compared to traditional plywood
lining - notably reducing fuel consumption and increasing payload.
The list of economical, installation, technical and
environmental benefits offered to fleets by the lining, called Finesse Poly-line,
is led by its weight-saving.
At 1,500g per
square metre, Finesse Poly-line offers a massive weight advantage to fleets
when compared to traditional plywood - and that triggers vehicle fuel
consumption benefits and increased payload.
hardwood plywood van linings weigh in at 3.59kgs/m2 (5.5mm thickness),
5.87kgs/m2 (9mm thickness) and 7.82kgs/m2 per sheet (12mm thickness), so
Finesse Poly-Line delivers a huge weight saving versus the traditional option.
If lining a typical
panel van with traditional birch in 12mm thickness it would weigh 55.38kgs in
total. However the equivalent Finesse Poly-line would weigh just 19.02kgs -
delivering a weight saving of 36.36kgs.
Eliminating weight from a vehicle
translates into potential fuel savings - depending on driving style
adopted, road conditions and a variety of other factors. Saving almost 40kgs
over 125,000 miles could cut fuel bills by about £450 - while the payload weight saved by utilising the innovative lining could
allow additional tools and other equipment to be carried.
payload gains do not mean there is any compromise in the technical performance
of Finesse Poly-line, it is claimed, as it is said to be extremely rigid and
durable, offering strong impact and humidity resistance, plus, it’s also 100%
recyclable, washable and resistant to acid and oils.
it’s also claimed to be easy to handle and fit - avoiding splinters for
installers - and it can be CNC (computer numerical control) machined.
recently appointed managing director of vGroup International, the UK’s leading provider of motor accessory
essentials, said: “As a company we are
continuously looking to provide fleets with new hi-tech solutions that improve
vehicle operations. The use of timber linings for commercial vehicles is
long-established and, while they will remain part of our product portfolio, we
believe that Finesse Poly-line offers a 21st century alternative.”
vGroup International’s sales and customer service director, said: “Finesse Poly-line complements our existing product
portfolio. The launch of the new product enables vComms to widen its range of
non-timber products and that fits perfectly within our current range of
solutions and our approach to being environmentally-friendly promoting
‘greenness’ across our products. I’m confident that Finesse Poly-line will be a
big success with both existing and prospective customers.”
the UK transport sector through vComms, Finesse Poly-line is supplied in a
contemporary light grey colour in sheet sizes from 4mm x 3250mm x 2000mm and in
white colour from 4mm x 3050mm x 1525mm. The larger sheet size of Finesse
Poly-line also eliminates unsightly joints that often result from the use of
typically smaller plywood sheets ranging from 5.5mm x 2440mm x 1220mm.