A leading player in Northern Ireland’s waste management industry, McKinstry Skip Hire Ltd, has turned to Mallusk-based Renault Trucks dealer, Diamond Trucks for its latest vehicles – two 18-tonne Range D High 4×2 R 250 E6 with VDL skip loaders.
Joining McKinstry’s 50-strong mixed fleet, the Range Ds will work across Belfast, Greater Belfast and most of Northern Ireland, supplying skips for both large construction contracts and private customers.
For McKinstry’s Transport Manager, James Crossett, Diamond Trucks was seen as a key partner in the deal: “A truck dealer that could deliver the whole package was extremely important to us. We’ve had very encouraging experiences with Renault trucks over the last few years, so when we were looking for new vehicles we knew that Diamond Trucks would deliver. Availability and performance of the Range D was great and the aftersales package was impressive. Diamond Trucks is on our doorstep, and we have a really good working relationship with the team there; they are really on the ball, and any servicing or parts requirements are dealt with efficiently and promptly so we minimise vehicle downtime.”
Fitted with Renault Trucks’ advanced 6 cylinder in-line DTI 8 litre engine, the Range D’s low environmental impact was also crucial, supporting McKinstry’s business ambition to achieve a resource efficient Northern Ireland, with zero waste to landfill and the development of a sustainable and circular economy. James explains: “Just over a decade ago, over 90% of all the waste we collected across Northern Ireland went straight into landfill. That figure has been reversed with over 90% of waste now being recycled and reused. As well as assisting in this important role, the Range D is greener with lower emissions and the fuel economy has noticeably improved.”
James concludes: “As for the Range D itself, the quality of the build and reliability are excellent and our drivers really like them – especially the vehicle’s manoeuvrability which is crucial in alleyways in city centres and on building sites. The quietness of the vehicle is also significant, particularly when they are delivering skips to private customers early in the morning. The drivers are big fans of the cab, too.”