British transport operator Eddie Stobart and its associated companies have ordered more than 2,000 trucks from Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Scania. The company said this is its largest ever order in Europe.

The majority of vehicles in the order will be supplied on 36-month contract hire agreements, including road fund licence and all repair and maintenance, provided by Scania Finance. The model mix includes Scania G-Series and R-Series, all with Scania Highline cabs and with 410 or 450 hp engines.

Due for delivery over a two-year period commencing March 2016, the deal will involve many Scania UK dealers, both in terms of vehicle supply and repair and maintenance operations.

This is the fourth time Eddie Stobart Limited and its associated companies have placed a major order with Scania in the UK, the first two being for 1,000 vehicles in 2010 and 2012 followed by 1,500 units in 2014.

Claes Jacobsson, managing director of Scania (GB), said:"We are naturally delighted that the long-established relationship between our organisations has not only flourished but continues to grow. We are now very much looking forward to fulfilling this latest order and backing it with second-to-none service nationwide."

In 2015, Scania’s share of the UK heavy truck market was 19.5% and its combined bus and coach market share amounted to 7%.

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