The choice fell on the Actros because Mercedes-Benz was able to meet the conditions set in the tender, such as a very low dead weight and being compatible with the glass trailer that was developed by the Emons Group itself. Early this year, the Emons Group established a set of requirements for the purchase of 37 tractors for glass transport.In this, the purchase price, specifications, fuel consumption, and in particular the low dead weight of the truck were important. Roger Reiniers of the Emons Group: "The choice finally fell on Mercedes-Benz because of its attractive combination of all these factors. It will take a few years before we can say anything about the actual consumption of fuel, but we were particularly happy with Mercedes-Benz's guidance during the purchase process, also because of the close cooperation between the Sales and Technology departments. This led to our choice of the Actros on the basis of the Loader design; the utmost was done to keep the dead weight as low as possible. From the radiator grille to the end cross member, everything has been optimised to achieve the lowest possible unladen weight. Furthermore, we opted for a single rear axle assembly by means of Michelin X-one."
The Emons Group itself developed a trailer to be used by the trucks. The trailer is made of aluminium to keep the dead weight of the combination as low as possible. With this, Emons is able to transport up to 30.8t of flat glass. The trucks will be used at branches spread all over Europe and will drive approx. 145.000 kilometres per year.
The trucks are equipped with PPC (Predicive Powertrain Control), the intelligent system that anticipates ascents and descents along the route by selecting the optimal setting of the power train.
The fleet of the Emons Group consists of 350 tractors and 450 trailers in total. The 37 new trucks have been purchased including a repair and maintenance contract with European coverage with Mercedes-Benz CharterWay.