Kiel-based concrete specialist Thomas Beton operates three concrete mixers from DAF, which are delivering some surprising results compared to the rest of the fleet.
The automated gearbox shifts effortlessly into the next gear as Thomas Weber leaves the construction site at the mouth of the Schwentine river in Kiel. "The gearbox in the DAF never jerks or sticks. It drives wonderfully quietly", enthuses the long-distance driver from the Kiel plant that belongs to Thomas Beton GmbH.
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Weber is on his way back to the Grasweg site in order to pick up a new batch of concrete. The short distance between the construction site and the plant means that he has travelled back and forth between the two locations almost ten times today. "It's a gruelling job in city traffic. You need steady nerves and a reliable vehicle", the driver explains.
Thomas Weber has been part of the driving team employed by the Kiel-based concrete specialist for three and a half years. The company has a team of 97 long-distance drivers who travel from the 25 German plants to serve various construction sites across northern Germany. The fleet consists of more than 80 specialised concrete vehicles. "We decided to build our own fleet of vehicles around twelve years ago", explains B. Rainer Brings, CEO of Thomas Beton in Germany.