CV Show returns

Just a month after releasing details of the 2011 Commercial Vehicle Show, its organisers say enquiries are “coming thick and fast” from a wide range of exhibitors..  “They all want a slice of the action as the road transport market returns to growth,” said Bob Sockl, CV Show organiser.  “BP led the way, closely followed by Eberspacher, Isuzu (UK) and Premier Pits.  Lots of firms have already applied, with many more in the pipeline.”  Sockl says most are increasingly optimistic about prospects for 2011, with more and more operators clearly keen to replace kit.  “The vast majority of firms aim to market their way out of the recession,” confident that sales will grow from a record low.  “The CV Show is the best road transport equipment market place in the UK and most firms don’t want to miss the opportunity.”  The CV Show will run from 12 to 14 April at the NEC, Birmingham.
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Driving Safely

We’re all responsible for driver safety, but some are more responsible than others.  If you have drivers working for you, that means you.  Driving Safely, by David Byrne and published by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management should help you discharge that responsibility.  It is full of clear, easily absorbed common-sense and deserves reading by anyone with drivers under their control.  Importantly, as Byrne says, this area of health and safety seems to have been overlooked.  “It doesn’t feature in any formal safety qualification,” there seems limited enforcement and “even less sensible and independent guidance.”  His book does a lot on the guidance front and should help people cut costs and deliver practical improvements to driver safety.
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Brigade goes all quiet

Brigade Electronics has decided to phase out conventional tonal alarms for a safer option that doesn’t cause a noise nuisance.  The move, which the firm will phase over two years, follows an “overwhelming” surge in complaints about the noise from ordinary, tonal reversing alarms and the “huge success” of its unique, white sound reversing alarms.  “With white sound you only hear it when it matters,” says Tom Brett, marketing director.
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CV production up 11% in July

Data from the SMMT shows UK commercial vehicle production up 10.7% in July 2010 and up 43.2% for the first seven month of the year, compared to the same period last year.  UK car and engine production both fell in July but rose for the first seven months of the year.  “UK vehicle production is more than 40% up on last year’s levels and whilst we expect some challenging conditions, economic growth has returned in all major markets around the world,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.
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Transport firms falling behind on CO2 reporting

The Carbon Disclosure Project says that only 36% of the 291 largest transport firms have set targets to cut carbon, compared with half of the Global 500 Index of companies.  The CDP runs a global corporate climate information database and found that and found that Latin American and European firms did best, with 60% and 52% setting targets.  CDP attributes the high level of targets in Europe to its carbon trading scheme.  Only 9% of the transport firms surveyed reported data on low-carbon investments.  CDP says transport accounts for 13% of global emissions and 60% of oil use.  Road transport uses about 80% of the sector’s oil, while rail uses just 0.5% and aviation some 13%.
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Pentagon wins its first Euro 5 Vito deal

Truck Tyre Fleet Management Ltd, one of the south’s largest independent commercial tyre service firms has ordered a Euro 5 Mercedes Vito 122cdi Dualiner van from South Coast Mercedes dealer Pentagon.  “This was the first order for the New Euro 5 Vito,” said Kevin Downham, van sales manager.  He says the firm looks forward to delivering the new van to Trucktyre this autumn.  “We enjoy working with Pentagon,” said Scott Matthews, senior operations executive at Truck Tyre.  The firm’s fleet is now nearly 50 strong and Pentagon has “always given us good value for money service.”  The two firms have a long-term business relationship and are discussing possible contact service arrangements.
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CV Show brochure offer

UK CV Show organiser Bob Sockl says he and his team have now mailed well over 2,500 brochures to past and potential CV Show exhibitors.  “The response has been great.”  The “bright new brochure” describes the sales and marketing opportunities that the CV Show offers.  “If you haven’t got yours yet, but are thinking about making the most of the Show next April, let us know and we’ll send a brochure straight away.”  Sockl says the recession has sharpened competition and many firms feel that if they are not at the CV Show they may lose out to the competitors who do take space.  The CV Show will run from 12 to 14 April at the NEC, Birmingham.
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Seven Optare Solos for Arriva Netherlands

Optare has won a second big export order; seven Solos for Arriva Netherlands, the country’s third largest bus operator.  The buses start work in December on rural services in the north of the country.  Arriva’s UK arm has already bought 170 Solos for its fleet and got many more from fleet acquisitions.  The firm also runs Optare’s Versa and Tempo models.  “Solo has proved the best midibus on the market with well over 4,000 now in service,” said Glenn Saint, commercial director for the firm.  He says it is a “well proven” product, offering “outstanding passenger accessibility and low operating costs.”
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RHA welcomes freight-only ferry route

The Road Haulage Association says it welcomes DFDS Seaways’ announcement that it will improve its ferry route from Rosyth, Scotland, to Zeebrugge, Belgium.  The firm aims to run the route on a freight-only basis, with four sailings a week rather than the previous four.  DFDS says the move will mean “dramatically improved” freight capacity and better service to its freight customers.  The new service will start in mid-December 2010.  “We are delighted that DFDS has acknowledged the importance of the route for freight traffic,” said Phil Flanders, RHA director for Scotland.  “For Scottish hauliers in particular, this route represents a vital gateway to the rest of Europe.”
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Business booms for Enova

Business Wire reports that California’s Enova Systems has seen 257% growth in the second quarter.  The firm develops proprietary electric, hybrid and fuel cell digital power management systems and works with vehicle firms like Navistar, Smith Electric Vehicles and Freightliner.  It benefits from the US government’s support for all-electric trucks.  Smith recently ordered 50 drive systems as part an expected total of more than 250 for this year.  Enova manages a contract for US General Services Administration working with Freightliner on all-electric cargo vans for the Federal government.  New model year vehicles are on test with a production target of spring 2011.
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