Freight transport and logistics firm Caffrey International is celebrating 80 years in business. To mark the occasion, the Meath-based company has become the first in Ireland to welcome the new Mercedes-Benz heavy-duty Actros truck to its fleet of commercial vehicles.
Amongst the numerous innovative features to be found in the new Actros is ‘MirrorCam’ – a system that replaces conventional wing mirrors to deliver improved aerodynamics and an altogether safer and easier driving experience.
This ‘revolutionary’ safety feature – which will inevitably trickle down into passenger cars – is designed to offer better protection and safety to cyclists and pedestrians. By eliminating almost all driver blind spots, it will greatly reduce the risk of an accident whilst assisting drivers in key everyday tasks such as when exiting motorways, lane changing and reversing.
Caffrey’s new Actros arrives factory painted in the company’s eye-catching blue and cream livery, which has become a regular sight on Irish roads for generations. Other features of the 1845LS BigSpace 4x2 tractor unit include StyleLine interior, flat floor, multimedia cockpit, LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, Dura-Bright Alcoa wheels, Traffic Sign Assist, Active Brake Assist and Sideguard Assist.
Having taken delivery of their first Mercedes-Benz truck over forty-five years ago – a 1972-registered Mercedes-Benz 1418, Caffrey International have been loyal supporters of the brand ever since. Operating from the company's Ashbourne base, this latest unit will be put to work servicing routes across Ireland, the UK and further afield throughout Europe.
According to their managing director, Brian Caffrey ‘Mercedes-Benz has played a key role in our business for almost five decades. Over the years, they have helped us to grow and provide a reliable and quality service to our customers.’
Established in 1969, having first turned its freight-wheels in 1939, Caffrey International today employs over 200 staff and has expanded into a medium sized enterprise with bases in Ashbourne and Gdynia, Poland. Serving more than 500 customers across Europe, the company operates a modern fleet of over 160 trucks, providing specialist logistics services including pharmaceuticals, air-freight, temperature-controlled freight, FMCG and hazardous cargo (ADR).
Photo: Caffrey International’s Brian and Bernard Caffrey with Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle sales manager, Fergus Conheady (left).