Germany well prepared for upturn

Last year, across the whole German commercial vehicle industry, sales dropped to half their previous level.

Some firms, trailer makers and bodybuilders, lost 80% of their sales. Despite that the industry retained 95% of its permanent staff, “leaving it well prepared for the upturn,” said Matthias Wissmann, president of the Verbund der Deutsche Automobile Industrie (Association of the German auto industry).

He was speaking at the VDA’s excellent commercial vehicle industry “curtain raiser” press conference, ahead of its huge IAA truck show in Hannover this autumn.

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Iveco aims at recovery sector

The recovery sector is a prime target market for Iveco’s newly extended Daily and EcoDaily vans and light truck range in the UK.

This includes new 7.0 tonne van, chassis cab and crew cab models. “The vehicle recovery sector is one where the Iveco range is already very popular,” said Martin Flach, UK product director. “A fully-laden 7.0 tonne EcoDaily can carry a bigger load than three regular 3.5 tonners combined.”

There are four wheelbase lengths between 3,450, and 4,750mm for the chassis cab and crew cab models and the new 7.0 tonners come with either a six-speed manual or the optional AGile automated transmission. Driver’s airbag, central locking and electric windows are standard.

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German commercial vehicle industry up 5%

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 Wissmann of the VDA. “That represents growth of 5%.”

More from Eckehart Rotter on +49 (0)69 97507 266 or rotter@vda.de

Anti-siphon device for Daily and EcoDaily

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 offers the same level of protection. It is available exclusively through Iveco dealers, to fit new or in-service vehicles. Iveco has offered Tiss fuel security devices for its UK range since 2006 and has now extended the deal worldwide.

More from Silvia Vitale on +44 (0)1 253 400 401 or silvia.vitale@tissltd.com

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