Anhalt Logistics: Case proved!
In its own words, liquid transport specialist Anhalt Logistics offers its customers ‘liquid solutions’.
The newest DAF XF generation makes an important contribution to ensuring the smooth flow of services to the firm’s customers. The truck and-trailer combination used by liquid transport specialist, Anhalt Logistics from Germany, is often seen throughout Europe. With fuel economy its top priority, it was no surprise that Anhalt was keen to learn whether the New XF could better the fuel consumption, and comfort levels of other trucks. 'We presumed we already had the most economical and most driver friendly trucks on the road.'
Marco Bielefeld, driver
"At the start we were surprised at the low RPM’s in the new XF"
Ove Thomsen, instructor
“Out of the seven different European truck manufacturers, I would always pick DAF.”
With the introduction of its New XF generation of commercial vehicles, DAF made bold claims that fuel savings of up to 7% would be realistic. Anhalt Logistics asked instructor Ove Thomsen and driver Marco Bielefeld to see if those claims were genuine. Thomsen and Bielefeld took the challenge and coasted on their regular routes with both their standard vehicles and the New XF model.
"From the off, we were surprised with the low revs from the New XF – promoting a far more relaxed feel behind the wheel", says Bielefeld. "At the same time, however, you could still sense the considerable power. And the New XF accelerated with so much ease – with super-slick gear changes making the whole experience effortless.”
Much more economical
Thomson was even more impressed, with particular praise reserved for fuel consumption: "Under the same conditions, the New XF consumed on average 23 litres per 100 kilometers. That’s a significant saving of five litres compared to truck of another brand that usually runs on this route!"
"When you climb aboard the big DAF cab you want to get driving straight away", says driver Bielefeld. "Every switch is exactly where you expect it to be, and that pull-out table is just brilliant. The same goes for the comfortable seats, the generous bed and the high level of equipment."
Directors Heino and Thies Anhalt are no less enthusiastic, having already ordered 57 New XFs. "The XF has developed into a premium vehicle that sets new technological standards. Economically, it is a notable improvement on an already very fuel efficient truck, yet it retains all the benefits of the previous model, such as solid build quality, driver appeal and reliability."
Appreciation of the firm’s drivers is one of the cornerstones of the family tradition at Anhalt. Both directors spent the first three years of their careers at the firm out on the road and these days not a year goes by without them taking at least one long trip that has them behind the wheel for several days. “That gives us a better idea of our customers’ needs, as well as a chance to see the kinds of challenges our drivers have to face”, says Heino Anhalt.
In the day-to-day running of affairs, Anhalt Logistics does all it can to keep its drivers happy. “They can drive to Sweden or Spain if they wish, or work shorter routes so that they can return home each night”, according to Thies Anhalt. “All they have to do is ask.”
Full range of services
Anhalt Logistics offers a full range of services to its customers. In addition to the transport of chemicals and foodstuffs, the firm’s maintenance and rental activities have also become very important. “Around 25 per cent of the fleet, including the drivers, is chartered out to other companies”, explains Thies Anhalt. “Our drivers have to have two hearts. One for the Anhalt team and all the benefits that accrue from being an employee, and one for our customers and their products with whom they need to be able to identify, too.”