Havering College to launch distance learning course – February 2011

Havering College is a growing and dynamic training provider in the transport and logistics sector, based on the outskirts of East London with excellent links to London and the South East of England.
Apart from delivering bespoke driver training packages to companies like Crossrail, it provides employers and drivers with a full range of training courses in the haulage, warehousing and bus and coach sectors, including driver CPC delivery.
At the Show it is launching a new City and Guilds qualification in International Trade and Logistics Operations.  This is designed to meet the needs of those working in international freight and goods delivery, from airports to sea and waterway depots, from rail freight depots to customs officers.  By making the delivery of the course distance learning, it will open up the qualification to all and enable individuals to study at times that suit them.  Candidates will still have full support from a team of industry professional tutors with the backing of an established educational establishment.
The department is also developing a degree course in intermodal transport that will be launched in 2012.   The syllabus has extracted best practice from several European countries, including Turkey and Bulgaria.  Full details will be available at the Show.

First time at CV Show for Chaintec – February 2011

As a first time exhibitor at the CV Show 2011, Chaintec, which has a reputation for supplying the “right chain, first time” for forklifts, is now providing the same service to the tail lift market.
Following customer demand, Chaintec has set up a separate division to specialise in the supply of replacement chain for tail lifts.  With its 20 years experience of supplying the forklift market, Chaintec can supply “like-for-like” replacement chain for tail lifts to fit major manufacturers, including Del, Ratcliff Palfinger and Ross and Bonnyman.  All Chaintec-supplied chains are manufactured to BS and ISO standards.
Chaintec will also show its ZiCo range of zinc coated chains. These chains are specially designed to deliver improved performance when fitted to forklifts operating in hostile environments.  The company claims that fitting ZiCo chains improves service intervals, minimises downtime and ultimately reduces forklift unit costs.  In independent trials, chain life was extended by up to five times when ZiCo chains were fitted.

Eminox offers LEZ surgery – February 2011

Phases 3 and 4 of the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) start on 3 January 2012, less than 12 months away!  LEZ phase 3 will extend the range of vehicles affected to include minibuses and trucks from 1.2 tonnes.  Phase 4 will set a tougher standard of Euro 4 particulate matter for buses, coaches and trucks over 3.5 tonnes.
Eminox plans to hold an ‘LEZ surgery’ at the CV Show 2011 for operators who may be affected.  Its specialists will be on hand throughout the Show to advise operators on upgrading their vehicles, the cost-effective alternative to replacing vehicles in order to meet the new LEZ requirements.
Eminox offers two Transport for London-approved retrofit systems:  the Eminox CRT® (Continuously Regenerating Trap) and FBC (Fuel Borne Catalyst).  These systems achieve more than 90% particulate matter reduction and offer a cost-effective solution for LEZ compliance, proving popular with operators in the current economic climate.
Eminox officially opened its new London service centre at the beginning of December 2010 to help meet the increasing demand for retrofit emission control systems.  The centre is the largest of its kind in the UK and is ideally located for the London LEZ – six miles from Heathrow and just outside the Zone.  It has five large fitting bays suitable for all vehicle types, with capacity to install more than 20 systems per day and is one of three UK customer service centres, offering a full fitting and support service with technical support teams fully trained in emissions technologies.
Eminox also provides comprehensive after-sales support.  The filters contained in approved emissions systems need to be maintained in order for vehicles to keep their LEZ-approved status.  Eminox offers the next generation of filter servicing using the patented Xpurge® cleaning technology and Veritex inspection technology.  The technology is far more effective than conventional methods and can deliver ‘as new’ levels of filter performance with longer service intervals.
Eminox has been designing and manufacturing exhaust and emission control products in the UK for over 30 years and systems are available for Alexander Dennis, Bova, DAF, DAF Bus, Dennis Eagle, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz, Neoplan, Optare, Renault, Scania, Seddon Atkinson, Setra, VDL Bus and Volvo.
Eminox employs over 200 people and has an annual turnover of around £35 million.  The company supplies original equipment manufacturers as well as the aftermarket.

Eberspacher – February 2011

At the CV Show, Eberspacher will present its range of products of vehicles, all equipped with diesel-fuelled independent heating systems, suitable for vehicle applications, air conditioning and climate control systems.
Another feature of the Eberspacher stand will be a vehicle equipped with its unique Frigosoft fridge system, Euroengel insulated containers, the Thermoline diesel heating system for cold climate application and handiwash, the hot water based hand wash system for people on the move.

CV Show gets truck manufacturers’ support – February 2011

Organisers of the 2011 Commercial Vehicle Show are delighted that bookings are coming in thick and fast and are particularly pleased to have firm bookings from DAF Trucks, MAN Truck and Bus UK, Mercedes-Benz UK and Hino.  Iveco will also have a major presence under the banner of its West Midlands dealership, Guest Trucks.
“This is tremendous news,” said the Road Haulage Association’s Geoff Dunning.  “The haulage industry has always been an accurate barometer for the economy and the decision to exhibit at this year’s Show is a positive development in difficult times.”
“MAN Truck and Bus UK is delighted to be back at the CV Show,” says CEO Des Evans, “and will be using the event to launch a number of new initiatives, one of which will focus on providing operators with an innovative total cost of ownership package utilising MAN’s unique EcoStyle Fleet Management System.
“With some three months to go before the doors open at the 2011 CV Show, we are really looking forward to engaging with our customers at the UK’s major road transport event”.
DAF Trucks’ MD, Ray Ashworth was equally enthusiastic.  “We have already said that we can see signs of the long-awaited recovery in the UK truck market so it is wholly appropriate, given our central position in the business, that we commit ourselves to the CV Show now it is returning to the NEC.  We’re looking forward to welcoming all of our customers at what is a core date in the truck industry’s calendar”.
Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles’ MD, Ian Jones commented, “We plan to return to the 2011 Commercial Vehicle Show NEC with a full range of products and services.  Our decision to attend is part of an ongoing commitment to meeting our customers and contacts around the country.”
And the final quote comes from another Show regular, Hino.  Ken Grindrod, speaking on behalf of the UK Hino dealers said, “Most customers I have spoken to have greatly missed a manufacturer-supported CV Show.  Hino’s presence at the 2011 Show is a statement of its commitment to the UK truck market.”
“To have the support of these heavy truck manufacturers is tremendously encouraging” said Geoff Dunning.  “Despite the current strains being suffered by the economy, to have nearly 300 exhibitors on board is proof of the resilience and tenacity of the UK commercial vehicle market.”

Premier Pits – February 2011

This year’s CV Show provides a perfect opportunity for the launch of new products, but many firms at this year’s show are CV Show veterans.
One of these is Lincolnshire-based Premier Pits which has been supplying hauliers with truck inspection pits for 30 years.
Marketing manager Laura Burrell says, “We have always gone to the CV Show and it’s important for us to see new customers and meet old ones.”
She admits that a pit is a big investment but adds that even quite small hauliers find one useful. Part of the market also comes from expanding hauliers as growing fleets may need an additional pit to cope with the number of vehicles they are running.  Some of Premier’s customers operate just three or four trucks so the size of the potential market is large.

Toyota Material Handling to show its latest range of products – February 2011

Toyota Material Handling will again exhibit at the CV Show with a selection of its comprehensive range of forklift trucks and warehouse equipment, designed for logistics and transport operations.
The company offers customers an unrivalled level of support and service throughout the UK, direct from the manufacturer and supplemented by a dedicated, strategically positioned dealer network.  Toyota provides a range of resources with national and local support which are ideal for customers operating over multiple sites,
Tony Wallis, Operations Director for Toyota Material Handling, said, “The logistics and transport sectors are vitally important to Toyota and the CV Show is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate our comprehensive range of products.”
The stand will feature the Tonero range of engine-powered counterbalance forklifts as well as the Traigo 24, 48 and 80v range of electric-powered counterbalance forklifts and an extensive range of warehouse equipment.  Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss how all their material handling needs can now be met by a single supplier.

Webasto at the CV Show – February 2011

Webasto will use its stand at the CV Show to display its advanced range of CV heating and air conditioning products.  With fuel and emissions-saving diesel powered interior heaters to complete luxury car-style climate control systems, Webasto can create comfortable conditions for drivers and passengers.
Full details of the all-new Plug and Heat cargo heating system, as well as a range of interior and water heating products, ideal for the fast growing welfare vehicle market, will also be on show.
Webasto’s Dealer Locator has been streamlined and updated.  This gives details of the name, address, contact details and map location of each of the 40+ expert companies that make up Webasto’s national network of authorised van and CV heating and cooling product dealers.  It also has a nationwide repair and maintenance service, backed by 150+ mobile engineers who are on call 24/7 from its six regional service centres throughout the UK.

SMMT European and National Type Approval (SENTA) – February 2011

SENTA is a step-by-step guide to ease vehicle manufacturers and bodybuilders through the complicated whole vehicle type approval system.  It is available through the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ website www.smmt.co.uk.
SMMT will run a number of free SENTA seminars throughout the CV Show.  The type approval process will cause the biggest change to the UK bodybuilding industry since the Second World War with huge potential for opportunities for some and problems for the unwary.

Imex launches new products – February 2011

One of the latest companies to confirm its presence at this year’s CV Show is Imex, the long-established independent trucks parts specialist.
Imex will use the event to launch its new CaptiveX range of replacement parts for Iveco trucks.  The CaptiveX stand will be in the Workshop area of the Show.
Imex was founded in 1986, so celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  Its Managing Director Arthur Pinkney says that MAN and Mercedes will continue to be at the heart of Imex’s business but that the CaptiveX range is the right move for the company this year.
He adds, “The CV Show will give us a solid platform for the launch of our completely new offering for Iveco trucks which means that we are able to give our customers more choice than ever before.”
Imex has recently opened depots in Bristol and Northallerton to increase the number of its depots nationwide to seven.