Belfast Telegraph

Certus Maintenance lands contracts worth £1m with Heatons and Cronus Logistics

By Margaret Canning

A Northern Ireland company calling itself 'the AA for trucks and trailers' has announced two new contracts worth £1million.

Certus Maintenance, which is part of trailer rental business Hireco, has signed contracts worth £1m over the next five years with discount retailer Heatons and Cronus Logistics.

The firm provides transport companies with long-term fixed price servicing and breakdown cover.

Customers include major transport companies around the UK, with Certus providing maintenance cover for 4,000 trucks.

The firm opened a call centre in Belfast in 2011, which provides hauliers with breakdown advice and cover all year round.

It also received Invest NI funding for a digital pen with GPS technology to pinpoint the location of broken-down trucks.

Tony Wan, commercial director of Hireco, said the Certus team was helping truckers keep precious cargo like turkeys and presents on the road in the run-up to Christmas.

"Right across the UK and Ireland, the Certus Maintenance team are on hand, waiting to move quickly and efficiently when a driver lets us know there's a problem.

"With the assistance of Invest NI funding, Certus recently developed a digital pen that uses SMS/GPS technology to let us know where the truck is, what the problem is and what we have to do to get there.

"Within minutes we are on the road and making sure that the truck is back in service, minimising delays, and ensuring that Christmas deliveries are on time," he said.

Hireco bought £10m of trailers from SDC Trailers in Toomebridge, part of Retlan Manufacturing, earlier this year. Trailers used by Heatons to ship goods around its chain of stores in Ireland were also designed and built by SDC Trailers, and purchased through Hireco.

Hireco employs over 100 people across the UK and Ireland, with depots in London, Manchester, Reading and Dublin.

The company, based in Belfast, was set up 30 years ago, and has more than 5,000 vehicles on the road across the UK and Ireland.

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