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German commercial vehicle industry up 5%

Date posted: August 16, 2010
For the German commercial vehicle industry the signs of recovery are "clearly visible." This year commercial vehicle registrations are up by 4%. German truck exports have also "increased significantly", by 57% since the start of the year. "This year we expect to see the domestic market for heavy vehicles climb to 64,000 units, said Matthias […]
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Anti-siphon device for Daily and EcoDaily

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Iveco and long-term partner Tiss Security Systems have launched a new anti-siphon device for Daily and EcoDaily vans and light trucks. The TankSafe Daily is based on Tiss' popular TankSafe Standard unit for trucks, which Tiss says is "the most effective basic fuel protection system" available. Modified to fit the Daily models, the new unit […]
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Know your batteries

Date posted: August 16, 2010
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 […]
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More Scottish Rewards

Date posted: August 16, 2010
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 […]
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UK management moves at MAN

Date posted: August 16, 2010
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 […]
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National Training Award for Systems

Date posted: August 16, 2010
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 […]
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New bus tyres from Goodyear

Date posted: August 16, 2010
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 […]
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VW wins 47-strong van deal

Date posted: August 16, 2010
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 […]
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Thorneycroft-Smith joins Modec

Date posted: August 16, 2010
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 […]
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CM wishes you were here

Date posted: August 16, 2010
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 […]
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Obama Praises Smith Electric Vehicles

Date posted: August 16, 2010
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." […]
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Back Again

Date posted: August 16, 2010
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
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And finally

Date posted: August 16, 2010
New Scientist's Feedback column says that one of its readers, John Gledhill discovered that you risk rebuke if you ignore the instructions that come with a Swan Teasmade kit: "Do not remove the teapot from the base during the filling cycle," they say, "as scolding water will be ejected." More from www.newscientist.com
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