Volvo FMX Used in World's Longest Tunnel Construction
"Sales of the Volvo FMX have far exceeded our expectations. After just two months, we had already sold half the forecast total for 2011. This huge demand is confirmation that we have succeeded in meeting our customers' needs and adapting to their often very tough and demanding working environments," said Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks' European division.
For example, the FMX is also being used in the construction of the world's longest tunnel on the border between Switzerland and Italy. When completed it will be 57 kilometres in length.
During construction of the longest section, a distance of 20 kilometres between Camorino and Vezia, transportation of the rubble is made with a fleet of 22 Volvo trucks.
"We had to decide ten years ago what trucks to use for this tough assignment. After careful consideration, we chose Volvo," said Renato Beffa, owner of Beffa Trasporti. "Volvo's construction trucks have a robust structure built around a strong frame. We're particularly happy with the new FMX, which has an excellent cab. Its comfort is tiptop, and it's easy to reach the new gear lever and all the other important controls."
The truck operates in two shifts along a 40 kilometre route between the tunnel and the unloading site, encompassing public roads and tough construction sites. Up to 2,200 tonnes of crushed stone is transported per shift.