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AdBlue price rises leave hauliers unruffled

  • 18 March 2008
  • By David Harris

The rising cost of urea solution AdBlue has been confirmed by one of the leading suppliers, Yara, which warns that its prices will go up on 1 April. It puts the increase down to the rising price of oil, used in the manufacturing process.

Yara says the price increase will vary from country to country, but does not give specific figures. However another leading AdBlue supplier, GreenChem, is understood to have put up its price by 1.4p/lit in January.

Hauliers remained mostly unperturbed by the increase, including GCS European, a Castle Donington haulier which believes it was the first operator in the UK to run a Euro-5 truck when it bought one two years ago.

Nevertheless managing director Mike Swift says: “At the end of the day I’ve got to buy AdBlue and prices aren’t what they were originally. At first everyone said it would be 38p-40p a litre, but now it’s 65p. That’s a big increase, but we don’t use a lot.”

One reason that GCS’s use of AdBlue is limited is that since buying the Euro-5 truck the firm has bought only Euro-3 vehicles – AdBlue is required only for Euro-4 and Euro-5 trucks using SCR technology.

Swift adds that the amount of AdBlue a vehicle uses depends on how hard engines are pushed. He says: “Our loads tend to be quite light, so the trucks don’t have to work quite as hard, which also limits the amount we use.”




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