New Vito from Rygor joins the JJX Logistics air force


A West Midlands-based provider of transport services to the aerospace and aviation sectors is flying high after commissioning one of Britain’s first New Vito vans from Mercedes-Benz.

JJX Logistics operates from headquarters in Wolverhampton and is a proud member of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance. Its 3.2-tonne New Vito Extra-long arrived via the Kidderminster branch of Rygor. Britain’s largest Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Dealer has also recently delivered a 3.5-tonne Sprinter 316 CDI with curtainside body by Truck Engineering, of Darlaston.

JJX Small Haul was founded in 1997 by John Donovan, who changed its name in 2007 to JJX Logistics, to better reflect the diverse nature of its business – the family-owned company also serves customers from the automotive, rail, marine, brewing, technology, and print and packing industries.

Having started out with a single van by another manufacturer, Mr Donovan bought his first Mercedes-Benz shortly afterwards. Since then, every new JJX vehicle has worn a three-pointed star.“It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about reliability, durability, comfort, safety or just all-round quality, Mercedes-Benz vans are streets ahead of the competition,” he enthused.

Today, the JJX Logistics fleet extends to 24 vans – most are Sprinters although the line-up also includes half a dozen Vito models and a single, small Citan – and four trucks, a 7.5-tonner and three Actros tractor units.

“To be honest I’m a bit of a ‘geek’ when it comes to vans,” laughed Mr Donovan. “I bought one of the first Euro 6 models, a temperature-controlled Sprinter, a year ago, and now I’m one of the first customers for the New Vito.”

Mr Donovan had already placed his order when he trialled one of Rygor’s demonstrators. “I liked everything about it,” he recalled. “The restyled front end looks really smart and it’s even more car-like and comfortable to drive than the previous model, while in terms of usable cargo space the Extra-long version is brilliant. I’m now looking forward to reaping some valuable fuel bill savings as a result of the New Vito’s improved economy.”
He continued: “It’s important that our vehicles should convey the right image, as well as being comfortable and as safe as possible for our drivers. I always load them with options and Rygor do a great job of ensuring that they arrive on time and to the correct specification.

“Back-up is crucial too, and I take great comfort from knowing that in the unlikely event one of my vans goes down when it’s on the Continent, day or night Mercedes-Benz are always on the end of the phone and help is never far away.”

JJX Logistics has made the shortlist of finalists in the Livery of the Year section of the 2015 Motor Transport Awards. Its entry is based on a Sprinter with a special vinyl wrap that highlights the company’s links with the aerospace and aviation sector – children of JJX employees are presented as aircrew, situated on the wing of a plane.