Know your batteries

Dundee-based Axeon has published a “Guide to Batteries” to help people understand automotive batteries.

This is free to download from www.axeon.com, the firm’s website. The guide has general information on batteries, charging and related infrastructure.

It also covers different cell chemistries, some probable future developments. It also gives an overview of battery management systems, critical for safety and performance.

Axeon says it is Europe’s largest independent lithium-ion automotive battery supplier. “Battery technology will play a major role in product development across all sectors of the automotive industry,” said Lawrence Berns, Axeon CEO.

More from Rebecca Trengove on +44 (0)1 382 400 040 or rtrengove@axeon.com

More Scottish Rewards

Transport News has added two new categories to its annual Transport News Scottish Rewards celebration breakfast.

They are:

  • Top Health & Safety Conscious Company, sponsored by Glasgow Training Group
  • Fuel Savings Initiatives, sponsored by Freight Best Practice Scotland.

These join the other 14 categories, including Scottish Haulage Company of the Year and Scottish Industry Personality of the Year. “Nominations for all close on 22 September,” said Alistair Vallance, editor. You’ll find a form in the August issue of Transport News or you can download one from www.transportnews.co.uk

“With all the tables allocated, it’s a full house for this Iveco-supported event which is the industry’s biggest indoor social gathering north of London.” Speakers at the event in Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on the morning of Friday 5 November include Scottish Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken.

More from Alistair Vallance on +44 (0)1 355 279 077 or info@transportnews.co.uk

UK management moves at MAN

MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd says that in July Des Evans resumed his CEO job.

At the same time, Vince Welsh moved from the firm’s Bus & Coach division to be UK aftersales director.

Michael Latham is now director, branch operations, responsible for MAN’s 18 workshops.

Sandy Millar is now UK sales director, responsible for MAN Direct Retail Sales and Top Used as well as sales engineering, planning and logistics.

Roy Morton takes charge of key international accounts, municipal and special products as well as bus, coach, engines and components.

Axel Herrmann stays as chief financial officer and David Williams, HR director also gets to handle quality, health, safety and environment.

More from Paul O’Malley on +44 (0)1 263 715 900 or paul@hallspr.com

National Training Award for Systems

Logistics industry training firm System Training just won the UK Warehousing Association Training Award in a ceremony at the Dorchester, London.

This was for the firm’s work to improve skills across the sector and use innovative training schemes to help cut costs. System Training showed how it helped Home Delivery Network, presently changing its name to Yodel, cut fuel and repair costs by training its staff to drive better.

More from Glenn Patterson on +44 (0)7 872 470 115 or glenn@the-inside-line.co.uk

New bus tyres from Goodyear

Goodyear says it will introduce its UrbanMax range of bus and municipal vehicle tyres to the UK.

The firm says these offer high mileage and “superb braking” on wet roads and in winter weather.

They use the latest materials, tread patterns and carcasses to deliver lower fuel use and up to 40% more mileage than predecessor models. The firm says that the all-season capability also cuts the need for separate summer and winter tyres on city buses, fire engines, garbage trucks and other municipal vehicles and will meet the new EU noise laws. All are regroovable and retreadable.

More from James Bailey on +44 (0)1 213 066 328 or jbailey@goodyear.com

VW wins 47-strong van deal

Commercial dishwasher supplier, Winterhalter, will change its van fleet to Volkswagen.

It has ordered 47 Caddy Maxi, Transporter and Crafter vans.

The firm designs and makes commercial dishwashing systems for the catering and hospitality industry and will use the new vans in its national service network. “We operate a 96% first time fix service for our customers so vehicle reliability was very important,” said Jason Mackay, operations director at Winterhalter.

The local VW Van Centre in Bletchley did the business and will service the locally-based vans. Those working further afield will go to the nearest dealer in the VW network.

More from John Rawlings on +44 (0)1 908 601 478 or john.rawlings@vwcv.co.uk

Thorneycroft-Smith joins Modec

UK-based electric truck maker Modec just made Chris Thorneycroft-Smith its business development director.

He is best known for his successful time as UK marketing boss at Daf and later Leyland Daf and then in a similar, though wider, UK role at Iveco where he was market director and head of LCVs.

Modec has scored a recent success with a US licence deal with Navistar that should see Modec-based electric trucks on sale in North America this year.

More from Paul O’Dowd on +44 (0)7 872 637 326 or paul.odowd@modecZEV.com

CM wishes you were here

It’s easy to get bored while on holiday, away from your business and away from your vehicles.

So take Commercial Motor with you and stand a chance of winning a Flip high-definition camcorder.

“We’re looking for the best and most creative holiday snap of you reading your CM,” says Justin Stanton, editor, who will judge the competition. “The more imaginative the photo, the more foreign the country, the more strange the surroundings, the more chance you have of winning.”

Entry is simple: email a picture of you reading CM on holiday to commercial.motor@rbi.co.uk by 8 September. Include your name, job title, and the name of your employer, your email address and your telephone number. And type “CM Wish You Were Here Competition” in the subject line.

More from Justin Stanton on +44 (0)2 086 523 303 or justin.stanton@rbi.co.uk

Obama Praises Smith Electric Vehicles

Barack Obama praised workers at Smith Electric Vehicles’ US factory in Kansas City on a Presidential visit last week.

Obama said: “This has been a difficult period for America: two years of brutal recession; a decade of economic insecurity, but what you are proving here at Smith Electric is the promise of a brighter future.”

He commended Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation on hiring its 50th worker, as it expands production of the Newton all-electric truck.

The US Government is providing $32m in grant aid to the firm to help it build 500 Newtons.

More from Dan Jenkins on +44 (0)7 536 092 682 or dan@brightsparkspr.com

Back Again

Holidays and IT problems mean we’ve missed more summer issues than planned. But all is sorted now; we’re glad to be back and sorry to have been away longer than expected.
More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk