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Crop storage firm loads up its new vans

PUBLISHED: 07:13 08 March 2014

Ray Andrews, centre right, managing director of Crop Systems, and co director Richard Cook, left, collect the five new Renault Trafic Sport panel vans from Holden Group business sales manager Terry Smith.

Ray Andrews, centre right, managing director of Crop Systems, and co director Richard Cook, left, collect the five new Renault Trafic Sport panel vans from Holden Group business sales manager Terry Smith.

Andy Russell

Five smart new liveried Renault Trafic vans have made a specialist crop storage company the cream of the crop.

Crop Systems, which specialises in designing, building and installing bespoke energy-efficient crop storage controllers and equipment, has replaced its fleet of engineers’ vans with the five Trafic Sport vans from Holden Renault in Heigham Street, Norwich.

Ray Andrews, managing director of the company based at Gimingham, near Cromer, said Crop Systems had been attracted by the Renault Trafic’s value and running costs with four years warranty, four years roadside assistance and long service intervals of 25,000 miles or two years.

Richard Cook, who oversees Crop Systems’ projects and operations, said the pricing of the Renault Trafic meant that the company got five vans for the price of four of the previous models the company ran while also reducing running costs.

And the high specification of the Trafic Sport version meant that the two engineers who work from each van have additional equipment with the standard equipment including cruise control, built-in satellite-navigation, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, front fog lights, automatic wipers and headlights, driver’s seat armrest and lumbar support and trip computer. The company also had the new fuel-efficient aero roof racks fitted to each of the vans.

The high specification was very important to the company as the engineers were now travelling further afield all over the UK installing crop storage equipment, mainly for potatoes and onions, for farmers, growers and produce suppliers.

The company’s old fleet of vans had all covered up to 200,000 miles.

Mr Andrews said: “We are very safety-conscious. We have gone for a high specification with the vans – we try to achieve the best in everything we do.”

It was also important that the engineers could use the vans as mobile offices on site, linking to specialist software on the office server.

The long wheelbase version of the Trafic panel van was also chosen to meet the company’s needs as it can carry larger equipment.

Mr Andrews said that he was also pleased with the look of the metallic gray vans, which really set off the company’s green and orange logo, with the sign-writing done by SSAF.

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