All position tyre from Continental

Continental’s US subsidiary General Tire has a new 445/65 R22.5 model tyre for the US construction vehicle market.  It says this new wide-base tyre is the first all-position tyre for the NAFTA region and that the new model is ideal on and off-road construction vehicles, difficult terrain and overloads.  The “Grabber OA” (Off Road, All Position) wide-base tyre is designed as a super-single tyre for steering and trailing axles.  The tyre carries around 5,800kg and its deep tread grooves and design improve traction on soft ground and muddy roadways, says Continental.
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TruckProtect launches anti-siphon for Euro 5 Sprinter

TruckProtect just launched its first device for the new Euro5 Mercedes Sprinter range.  “Mercedes changed the vehicle’s fuel filler neck to a wider entry and we can now offer a NeckIt! fuel anti-theft device to fit,” says Russell Fowler, boss at TruckProtect.  “The cost to protect your van from fuel skimming is just £36.00.”   He says the new device is available from dealers and distributors across the UK including Daf, TTC and, of course, Mercedes.  “We’re confident that we have the best range of fuel anti-siphons in the world, and we’ve 100 units to give away as free samples so that more people can see for themselves.”
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Industry photo gallery from SMMT

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has put a unique picture gallery on its website.  Taken by professional and amateur photographers, the pictures aim to “challenge existing perceptions” of the industry and “create an iconic series of images that depict the industry in all its forms.”  Some of the pictures are published for the first time, in a rare “behind the scenes” glimpse one of the UK’s most important industries.  There are views from Vauxhall, Leyland, Ford, Mira, Nissan and many other sites.  The link is on the front page of the SMMT website at
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New Aliweld body and Edbro gear cuts weight

An Aliweld Highsider aluminium tipper body with Edbro CX14 lightweight tipping gear is delivering a 20-tonne payload from W Rolls’ new eight-wheeler.  The truck is a Renault 460dxi Lander, the first sold in the UK.  Rolls does specialist, low-density, long-distance bulk haulage, anywhere across the UK.  The firm says the low unladen weight, high cubic capacity and good payload are very important and a difficult balance to strike.  Aliweld says its Highsider body is the lightest bulk body on the UK market and offers a 40m3 capacity.
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Vans and trucks to book own maintenance

Systems that allow vans, trucks and cars to book their own repair and maintenance appointments are potentially “just a matter of years away,” according to fleet software market leader CFC Solutions.  The firm says that one of the keys to this a combination of onboard diagnostics and dedicated mobile internet access.  But one of the obstacles is the driver.  The vehicle can book itself in but it needs to know when a driver will be available to deliver and collect.  “Vehicles can communicate through a mobile internet link to one of CFC’s fleet software systems; this can authorise work with fleet managers and check directly with dealer or in-house workshop diaries to find available dates,” says Neville Briggs, MD at CFC.  The only part of the service unresolved is a way to check driver availability, but he is confident the firm will overcome this one soon.
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Bionic bio-diesel trial

Merseytravel and Stagecoach will try running buses on bio-fuel supplied by Convert2Green, as part of their commitment to the European Biofuel Networks In The Community scheme.  The Bionic project promotes the production and use of sustainably produced bio-fuels.  Merseytravel will fund refuelling infrastructure so that some of the Stagecoach fleet run on B30 bio-diesel from Convert2Green.  All three firms are members of the Merseytravel- run North West Biofuels Network.  B30 includes 30% bio-diesel from waste vegetable oil, to cut CO2 emissions by up to 25% compared to standard diesel.  Merseytravel will monitor reliability and fuel use and publish the results.
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Record revenue for Ceva Group

Ceva Logistics says its third quarter financial results show revenue up 32% year on year to a record €1.82bn.  This is supported by earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation figure up 26% to €86m.  The firm says this follows “a robust performance” across all sectors.
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Pollock is Scottish Haulage Company of the Year

Bathgate-based Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd won the Scottish Haulage Company of the Year award at the recent and 17th Transport News Scottish Rewards breakfast ceremony.  Supported by Iveco and 16 category sponsors, the annual event attracted a full house at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow.  Among other award winners, The Moray Council was named Local Authority Fleet Operator of the Year.  Personalities of the Year were John and Drew Murdoch of Neilston based J and M Murdoch and Son Ltd and well-known Walter Ritchie of Ritchies Training Centre in Glasgow won an Industry Lifetime Achievement Award.  Speakers at this year’s event were Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie, Scottish Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken and Iveco UK managing director Henk van Leuven.
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Peugeot cuts cost of van ownership

Between 8 and 21 November UK Peugeot dealers are hosting the “Peugeot Van Fortnight” to help cut van ownership costs.  All Peugeot vans are available via the firm’s PCP Passport Pro programme, offering interest free and zero deposit, three-year deals.  Prices start from £176.13 a month for a Peugeot Bipper van, up to £324.30 for a Peugeot Boxer 330.  Business customers who order a van during the firm’s “Van Fortnight” will also get a free Nokia mobile Smartphone with Sat Nav and free-for-life software updates and an in-van cradle.  All the vans come with a three-year, 100,000 mile warranty.
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Electric vehicle logistics open day

Training, consultancy and outsourcing firm NAC Group will co-host an open workshop on battery-powered vans and trucks, at Smith Electric Vehicles, in Tyne and Wear on Thursday 25 November.  This is part of the Growth Project Logistics 2 programme to help north-east firms use new technology to increase efficiency.  Visitors can test drive a demonstration vehicle, tour the production lines and meet other technology suppliers.  The event runs from 0900 to 1300 at Smith Electric Vehicles’ Vigo Centre facility in Tyne and Wear.  Places are limited to two per company, booked in advance, at
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