Keyway Group based in the South West has taken delivery of its first ever Volvo trucks in the shape of 24 Volvo FMX tipper trucks with day cabs and B-Ride high rear suspension as well as two 500hp STGO Cat2 (up to 80 tonnes) Volvo FH tractor units and two Volvo FM 8×2 rigids with King beavertail bodies from Truck and Bus Wales & West, Avonmouth.
The new vehicles represent a switch to Volvo for Keyway and Managing Director, Eamonn McGurk is delighted with the decision. “We’ve not traditionally run Volvo trucks, but the automated manual I-Shift transmission and incredible support from Truck and Bus Wales & West convinced us this was the way to go and we’re extremely happy with the outcome.”

Keyway now operates over 70 tipper trucks and Eamonn expects this to grow to over 100 next year. “We’re seeing growth and we therefore need to cut our cloth to fit,” he says. “The Volvo FMX with 420hp engines and either Thompsons or Boweld bodies – both with cab operated tailgates – are proving to be a solid investment, offering good fuel economy as well as winning praise from our drivers.”

From a personal perspective, Eamonn believes Truck and Bus Wales & West would be hard to better. “The knowledge and understanding of the product, the passion for Volvo and the level of customer service shown by the dealership is second-to-none,” he says. “I have been immensely impressed and envisage us working more closely together, going forwards.”

As one would expect from one of the UK’s leading plant hire, recycling and earth moving concerns, safety sits at the heart of every decision that’s made and in this regard Volvo ticked all the boxes according to Eamonn. “Safety is paramount for us and the new trucks, be they the FMX, FH or FM all deliver in this regard. The all-round visibility is excellent and we’ve bolstered this with both sensor and camera systems. In future, we will add factory-fit low-level nearside windows too, as we think this is a very positive development in truck design.”

Started in 1966 by the late Eamonn Joseph McGurk, the company today remains very much a family concern with current Managing Director, Eamonn Francis McGurk joined by his brother Brian at the helm. “Both Brian’s sons and my own are very much involved,” says Eamonn. “Although I would say that we think of everyone that works here as part of the family. We’re that type of business.”