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Bevan fits first cranes for Jewson

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Midlands-based Bevan Group, recently made a dealer for Danish HMF cranes, is fitting cranes and split dropside bodies to 55 MAN trucks for Jewson, the builders' merchant.  Bevan says that its new ability to offer a one-stop-shop deal means it has cut delivery times "significantly", offering "reduced hassle and super-quick build schedules".  The trucks, a […]
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SMMT webinar - priorities and issues for 2011

Date posted: February 1, 2011
The SMMT's first free webinar this year, on Tuesday 1 February from 10:30 to 11:30 will look at the priorities and issues for the motor industry in 2011.  Paul Everitt, SMMT boss will outline the Society's strategy for the coming year.  This includes plans to strengthen the UK supply chain, support innovation and business growth, […]
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LBM to cut well to wheel CO2 by 90%

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Speaking at the launch of Iveco's new Stralis LNG, Martin Flach, UK product director for Iveco UK, says that Liquid Natural Gas' high energy density and thus greater range offers "distinct advantages" over Compressed Natural Gas for some jobs.  LNG means the firm can now offer heavy trucks running on different fuels for regional distribution […]
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Global Action Plan to save van drivers £800 a year

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Global Action Plan says its Fuel Wise scheme can cut van fuel use by 16%.  Based on average van mileage and fuel use, the firm says this means saving £789 a year.  It will of course cut CO2 by 16% as well.  The Fuel Wise programme tackles the causes of inefficient driving using Eco Driving […]
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Step up the gas

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Iveco says it leads the European market for natural gas powered vans and trucks and aims to increase its sales of gas-powered vans and trucks in the UK.  It has already has UK EcoDaily, Eurocargo and Stralis models designed to run on compressed biomethane or compressed natural gas and its new Stralis LNG models will […]
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New trailer helps Warton offer more

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Barking-based Warton Freight Services is using a new trailer to help it win new business across the UK.  The new lightweight step frame and beavertail tri-axle model from Andover Trailers has helped general construction industry haulier Warton to extend its services and carry sky-high hoists and access machines.  These can weigh up to 16 tonnes.  […]
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Tough times ahead in 2011

Date posted: February 1, 2011
In a New Year message, Ray Ashworth, UK boss of Daf Trucks, warns that continuing austerity, pressure on haulage rates and increased fuel costs are still causing cash flow problems for many operators despite low Bank of England base rates.  Sterling remains weak, some 20% below its 2008 levels, pushing new truck prices up.  Despite […]
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Gas is a natural for a quiet night

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Iveco says its natural gas engines are up to 50% quieter than their diesel equivalents, making them ideal for urban and night delivery work.  In the UK the firm offers 28 natural gas powered EcoDaily models from 3.5 to 7 tonnes, Eurocargo trucks from 12 to 16 tonnes and Stralis trucks from 19 to 34 […]
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Limited edition golden anniversary Actros

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Tilbury-based haulier C&H has ordered 102 Mercedes Actros MegaSpace customised tractor units with customised curtain-sided three-axle trailers.  The move is part of the firm's 50th anniversary celebrations.  C&H started in 1960 on London's Isle of Dogs and now, after its acquisition by the Charles Gee Group, runs 100 trucks and 270 trailers carrying forest products […]
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Another Daf in Macaskill's colours

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Stornaway's Macaskill Haulage has a new Daf XF in its livery.  The truck is a three-axle XF 105 Super Space Cab, coupled to a three-axle Carrier trailer.  Established in the 1970s the firm specialises in the fresh and frozen food transport and distribution, especially fish, but also does general haulage work.  It mostly runs between […]
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Imexpart launches Iveco range

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Independent truck parts specialist Imexpart will use stand 4L22 at the CV Show for the exhibition debut of its CaptiveX range of replacement parts for Iveco trucks.  Available in early 2011 the new range offers both fast moving Iveco parts and "some that are harder to find outside the franchised network"  The firm will hold […]
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Auxiliary electronics control systems on show

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Carnation Designs will use stand 4C60 at the CV Show to highlight the flexibility of its genisys system for specialist vehicle builders and operators.  Already a leading provider to the emergency vehicle market, Carnation produces fully customisable, easy-to-integrate systems to control auxiliary electronics and related power management in virtually any vehicle.  This offers a programmable […]
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More cash for ePower Trucks

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Electric truck specialist ePower Trucks just got £1m to spend on its next growth phase.  The firm, which sells the Alke series of all-electric, road-legal utility trucks, got the deal from Yorkshire Bank.  ePower Trucks' sales grew by 55% in 2010, with electric trucks and utility vehicles going to premier league football clubs, multinational contractors,  […]
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Fuel price hike drives hybrid interest

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Ashwoods Automotive, one of the UK's leading suppliers of hybrid light commercial vehicles says it is seeing a "surge of interest" following the recent increase in pump prices for diesel.  The firm, which is makes its CV Show debut this year, says its Hybrid Drive now delivers a return on investment in as little as […]
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SMMT Logistics Forum

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Honda's manufacturing plant in Swindon has hosted the first SMMT Logistics Forum of 2011.  15 SMMT member firms, including BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover the Road Haulage Association discussed the UK automotive supply chain and set a date or another meeting on 19 April 2011 at Forbes House, London.  If you'd like to […]
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SMMT still needs a new CV manager

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Robin Dickeson, the SMMT's commercial vehicle man will retire and leave in mid-April, so the Society needs a new commercial vehicle affairs manager, a champion for the SMMT's 100 or more commercial vehicle members.  Katie Milbourn, Head of Personnel at the SMMT has had some good replies to last week's article but will welcome more.  […]
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And finally

Date posted: February 1, 2011
New Scientist's Feedback page reports that Tadeusz Kawecki downloaded several dozen recordings of bird calls onto his Nokia cell phone in preparation for a trip to the tropics.  To his surprise, the phone sorted them into musical genres. It classified the song of the pied puffbird as belonging to "oldies", the laughing falcon to "pop" […]
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Van and truck registrations up 16.4% in 2010

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that during 2010 van and truck registrations posted an annual growth of 15.9%, "one of the best ever", according to Paul Everitt, SMMT boss.  This came as "volumes started to recover from the recession".  Vans rose in all but one month in 2010, boosted by […]
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Bus and coach registrations fall 13.3% in 2010

Date posted: January 13, 2011
As expected, "bus and coach registrations fell for a third successive year in 2010", down 13.3% on the 2009 total and 43.3% off the pre-recession 2007 total of 12,241, said Paul Everitt, for the SMMT.  There are some encouraging signs in the van-based bus and coach market, though bigger coach registrations remain depressed.  Bus volumes […]
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Logistics efficiency open day

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Sunderland- based NAC Group is ran an open day on 12 January, to show firms in the North East how they can get free advice and help to improve logistics and warehouse operations.  In its first year, NAC has used Growth Logistics 2, an EU-funded scheme to help 58 firms in the region save almost […]
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Register now for CV Show Fast Track

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Register on-line and the organisers of the CV Show and Workshop 2011 will arrange a Fast Track entry ticket for you.  "This means you'll beat the queues at the gates", said Show organiser Bob Sockl.  Simply go to either of the two Show websites, www.cvshow.com or www.workshopshow.co.uk and follow the link.  The 30 March issue […]
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Mixed results for W European trailers

Date posted: January 13, 2011
The trailer market in Western Europe grew by 11% in 2010 according to the latest survey by Clear.  "This would normally be a good result," says Gary Beecroft, MD.  "But, as the market fell by 52% in 2008/9 it does not represent a spectacular recovery in demand."  However he thinks that production grew by 47%, […]
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Optare wins more Tempo orders

Date posted: January 13, 2011
UK bus maker Optare says it has started the New Year well, with orders from Trandev for 11 more Tempo buses.  These will go to its London United and Yellow Bus subsidiaries.  This means Optare will deliver 27 Tempo heavy-duty integral single-deckers to Transdev in the first quarter of the year, worth £3.8m.  Both firms […]
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Mobileye helps Coca-Cola win fleet safety award

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Coca-Cola Hellenic's fleet has won an International Fleet Safety Award from Fleet Europe for a safety project.  This includes the Mobileye active fleet safety system.  With the programme running, the firm recorded no collisions and found drivers' performance "increased significantly" and fuel efficiency improved.  Coca-Cola Hellenic says it runs more than 20,000 vehicles in 28 […]
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Mytyres goes into tyre overload

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Van drivers have a poor record in roadside spot checks, with most prohibitions caused by overloading, according   to Vosa's most recent Effectiveness Report.  Mytyres.co.uk, part of online European tyre dealer Delticom AG, says the effect of overloading on tyres, which often under inflated, can be shorter life and a possible blow out.  This is in […]
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Ashwoods hybrid shortlisted

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Ashwoods Automotive is on the shortlist for the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards 2010.  The firm's Hybrid Transit is up for the Innovation in Car and Van Manufacture award.  Ashwoods is the UK's largest make of low emission kit for vans and was named Europe's fastest growing clean technology firm in 2010.  Its Hybrid […]
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UK Truck Clean grows

Date posted: January 13, 2011
After a successful three-month trial at Hartshead Moor services on the M62, truck wash firm UK Truck Clean, plans a 'massive' expansion, working with Welcome Break. This involves opening truck washes at strategic Welcome Break sites across the UK.  The first phase includes South Mimms on the M25 and Leicester Forest on the M1.  Phase […]
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Smith Electric Vehicles Deal complete

Date posted: January 13, 2011
The Tanfield Group Plc has sold its Smith Electric Vehicles operation in the UK to Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation, for $15m.  Smith Electric Vehicles Europe Ltd will continue to work from its base in Washington, Tyne & Wear, servicing the UK market and its growing overseas client base.  This includes fleet customers in Hong […]
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CV Show debut for new Mobileye

Date posted: January 13, 2011
EyeDrive Systems Ltd will use its stand for the CV Show debut of its latest collision avoidance system.  Mobileye C2-270 uses a windscreen-mounted camera and sophisticated electronics to detect pedestrians, lane markings and traffic hazards.   The system will warn the vehicle's driver of potential hazards and, the firm says, "cuts traffic accidents by more than […]
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Another free SMMT webinar

Date posted: January 13, 2011
On Tuesday 1 February, between 10:30-11:00, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders will run a free webinar looking at priorities and actions for the SMMT in 2011.  Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, will discuss the difficulties and opportunities ahead and outline SMMT's strategy for the year. The session will cover the economic outlook, the […]
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New Locks4Vans at CV Show

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Kent-based Locks4Vans says it plans to use the CV Show to launch a range of new products including its new 'Ultimate' lock.  This is a hardened steel slam lock that comes with keys or remote control.  The firm, founded in 2003, exhibited successfully at the 2007 and 2008 CV Shows.  "We are looking forward to […]
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Nike Power Equipment

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Nike Power Equipment will be at the CV Show for the sixth year, showing its range of commercial vehicle workshop tools.  These include kits for spring-eye bush replacement and hydraulic tools for ball joint extraction and king pin replacement.  The firm says it has worked with commercial vehicle repairers to design light, labour-saving tools for […]
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Confident MAN returns

Date posted: January 13, 2011
MAN Truck and Bus says its confirmed attendance at the CV Show in April is a clear sign that confidence is returning to the UK transport industry.  The firm says it will "return to Birmingham" with a "renewed commitment" and a range of products and services to help operators beat the transport and distribution problems […]
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ADL wins £25m Kiwi deal

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Alexander Dennis Limited has beaten off global competitors to win a £25m order for 120 Enviro200 midi buses for NZ Bus, in Auckland, New Zealand.  The firm says the deal follows a global tendering process that involved almost 30 bus makers from New Zealand, Australia, China, Brazil and across Europe.  ADL boss Colin Robertson says […]
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Gas Bus Alliance

Date posted: January 13, 2011
The Gas Bus Alliance is a recently formed association of gas vehicle industry firms.  It aims to help vehicle makers, dealer and operators with advice on "all aspects" of running low-emission Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles.  The GBA says that by bringing together expertise in a single alliance, it offers the transport sector one point of […]
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Würth for Workshop

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Würth UK, the local arm of the German tool, workshop equipment and supplier firm will be at Workshop 2011, the maintenance and repair business exhibition that will run alongside the CV Show at the NEC, near Birmingham in April.  The firm has a special "cargo" division for commercial vehicle customers; its specialist items include air-line […]
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Conspicuous failures worry Procurator

Date posted: January 13, 2011
At a recent FTA Transport Engineer's conference it emerged that a Procurator Fiscal has "invited" Vosa to "consider taking a more active approach" to enforcing vehicle lighting and marking rules.  This follows a fatal accident in Scotland where a minibus collided with an unlit and parked semi-trailer.  The recently updated but perhaps patchily enforced Road […]
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The mechanics of heavy duty truck systems

Date posted: January 13, 2011
The South African Road Federation, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the University of the Witwatersrand will host a four-day event, focused on truck dynamics.  The event will run from 18 to 21 April at Glenburn Lodge, South Africa and will include presentations from three of the leading researchers in heavy vehicle dynamics: […]
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Award for EconoSpeed

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Zeta Automotive says its EconoSpeed dynamic throttle control system won the GreenFleet 2010 Innovation Award. The system is a dynamic throttle controller that allows an operator to set a vehicle's maximum road speed, engine speed and maximum rate of acceleration.  Zeta says the system has produced some "striking results" during trials. Fitted to Mercedes-Benz Sprinters […]
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Horse box demonstrator

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Sovereign Horseboxes of Wolverhampton has put a Volvo-based luxury demonstration truck to work.  This follows the production of a Volvo-based bespoke horsebox for Nina Emery of Moss Farm Shop in Cannock.  The vehicle, a 240hp FL 4x2 rigid, has "high quality" materials, hand-crafted parts and finishes.  Sovereign was so pleased with the vehicle that it […]
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SMMT needs a new CV manager

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Robin Dickeson, the SMMT's commercial vehicle man will retire and leave in mid-April, so the Society needs a new commercial vehicle affairs manager, a champion for the SMMT's 100 or more commercial vehicle members.  If you'd like the job, Katie Milbourn, head of personnel at the SMMT would like to hear from you.  You'll need […]
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New £19m London fuel-cell fleet

Date posted: January 13, 2011
GreenFleet magazine reports that the first of eight hydrogen fuel cell buses went to work in London on 18 December.  The buses have been developed by ISE, Wrightbus and Ballard and run on the RV1 service between Aldwych and Tower Hill.  It will make this Britain's first zero-emissions bus route.  The project will cost £19million […]
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Christmas quiz queries

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Some of the answers to questions provoked some lively debate.  The answer to Nr 19 is Alan Alda, not Alder; my apologies to the gentleman.  The Doldrums, in question 35 are in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, not just the Indian.  It is a band of light and unpredictable winds around the equator.  I […]
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And finally

Date posted: January 13, 2011
New Scientist's Feedback page says reader Robert Milne got an unusual e-mail from environmentjob.co.uk about courses and events on the topic of "Sustainability". One of these, at the UK's Centre for Alternative Technology, is a "Compost toilet taster day". More from www.newscientist.com
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The market is recovering

Date posted: December 23, 2010
"There is absolutely no question that the market is recovering."  So said Ray Ashworth, UK managing director for Daf Trucks, at a recent press function.  "The low point was last March, but since then we've seen the market grow from half its former size."  He says rental and contract hire businesses are behind much of […]
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First Scania R 730 goes to work

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Wright Self Drive of Welshpool just got the first 730 hp Scania V8 tractor unit.  This makes the Welsh transport firm the first operator to take a Scania R 730, recently launched as the world's most powerful truck.  The truck in question is a tag-axle 6x2 tractor with Scania Opticruise gearbox, Scania Driver Support and […]
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A+ rating for Paccar

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Speaking to press recently, Ray Ashworth, UK boss for Daf Trucks confirmed that parent company Paccar now has an A+ rating from Standard and Poor.  This is the highest score for any truck maker.  The firm reported a $2.7bn turnover from January to September this year and recently announced an extra cash dividend of $0.30 […]
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ADL extends hybrid range

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Alexander Dennis Limited says it will extend its "hugely successful" hybrid-electric bus range with a range of 19 tonne, 12m hybrid single-deckers.  The first, recently shown in Madrid and designed for Continental markets uses the same BAE Systems hybrid technology that ADL uses successfully in existing single and double-deckers.  The firm has developed the first […]
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More MX engines

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Paccar says its new engine factory in Columbus, Mississippi is hiking MX engine production to cope with demand from Peterbilt and Kenworth customers.  Jim Cardillo, Paccar president says the firm is fitting the 12.9 litre engine, from the Daf XF105 range in over 20% of Kenworth and Peterbilt Class 8 trucks.  "This reflects customer recognition […]
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Teesport deal cuts 100,000 tea miles

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Middlesborough-based PD Logistics has three new Cartwright Cheetah Fastback Trailers for a new, 10-year contract with tea and coffee merchant, Taylors of Harrogate.  The deal was based on a complete overhaul of Taylors' distribution chain.  Previously most off its imports arrived via Felixstowe, with the rest coming through Tilbury.  Now all will go through Teesport.  […]
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