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Grupo Bimbo claims 30% savings with Mercedes van deal

By Oliver Nieburg , 20-Jul-2012

Mercedes will supply Bimbo with enviro-friendly Sprinter Vans
Mercedes will supply Bimbo with enviro-friendly Sprinter Vans

Mexican bakery manufacturer Grupo Bimbo has established an alliance with Mercedes-Benz for eco-friendly vans that it claims will reduce operating costs by 30% compared to its last vehicles.

The company announced on Tuesday that it had struck a deal with German car firm Mercedes-Benz for the supply of Sprinter vans that will be used to distribute Bimbo products in Mexico.

What do these vans do?

The Sprinter vans use NGT BlueEFFICIENCY (Natural Gas Technology), which is said to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions. The vehicles use a bi-fuel drive system allowing them to run on both petrol and natural gas.

The vans also include a ‘Start & Stop’ feature, which makes the engine turn off automatically if it is stationary for more than three seconds. Mercedes claims that this technology helps to bring down fuel consumption up to 8% compared to similar vehicles without the technology.

Cost savings

Leonel Carrasco, Director of Grupo Bimbo vehicles, said the two technologies would help Bimbo reduce its carbon emissions into the environment and reduce operating costs up to 30%.

Javier Gonzalez Franco, director general of Bimbo said in a statement translated from Spanish that the initiative formed part of the company’s commitments to sustainability and efficient use of energy.

Alexander Diebold, Director of Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Vans added: "Bimbo is and will remain a very important customer for Mercedes-Benz, a client with whom we share values and ideals, and with which we have grown since the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz Vans to Mexico for over ten years.”

Other transport schemes

In Europe, Nestlé has been working with logistics firm Eddie Stobart to use environmentally friendly trucks powered by methane to transport goods in the UK.

It scooped an award for using the trucks, which are said to cut CO2 emissions by 14% compared to diesel trucks with further potential to slash emissions in half. (See HERE )

It currently has five methane trucks operating in the UK, which it shares with United Biscuits. Nestlé previously indicated to our sister site FoodProductionDaily.com that it was in discussion with Eddie Stobart over a new range of Volvo methane trucks that are currently in production.

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