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Oldbury-based Alutrade, one of the UK’s biggest recyclers of aluminium, has added an Atego 1224 truck by Mercedes-Benz to its fleet, which is fitted with multilift hook-loading gear and tows a drawbar trailer.

Chris George, Alutrade managing director, said: “We buy offcuts and scrap pieces of aluminium rather than steel, so weight is rarely an issue. This truck goes all over the country, and we have opted for a slightly bigger engine than would otherwise be necessary to reflect the fact that it is pulling two 28cu yard skips rather than just one.”

The Euro VI Atego range comprises 42 models in the 6.5- 16-tonne gvw light distribution segment. Customers can choose from OM934 four-cylinder or OM936 six-cylinder engines, with a combined total of seven output ratings.

Alutrade’s vehicle is powered by the 175kW (238hp) version of the high-torque ‘six pot’. Euro VI Atego models also offer a 90% reduction in particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions, while consuming significantly less fuel and up to 40% less AdBlue than their Euro 5 equivalents.

Alutrade’s latest Atego replaces a previous version which it ran for six years. The latest vehicle has a five-year Mercedes-Benz repair and maintenance contract.

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