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Plaid Cymru leader backs Petrol Promise campaign

July 31, 2012 Chris Druce

The leader of the Welsh national party, Plaid Cymru, has signed up in support of PetrolPromise.com. Elfyn Llwyd is the 69th MP to back the campaign website’s push for an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into the price of fuel. PetrolPromise, which was founded by Robert Halfon MP, wants the non-tax element of the price of fuel reduced. As well as an OFT investigation, it is calling for a Royal Commission to be set up to investigate how fuel […]

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Redhead International opens Northen Ireland depot

July 31, 2012 Chris Druce

Redhead International has officially opened its new depot in Northern Ireland’s Mallusk. The opening ceremony on 27 July was performed by Northern Ireland’s executive minister for regional development, Danny Kennedy. The new 33,000ft² facility features a 20-tonne overhead crane for heavy lifting, as well as office space. Redhead international’s director of Ireland and Scotland Mark Cosgrove says: “While we have had this type of capability in Great Britain and Dublin for many years, the new Mallusk depot will allow us […]

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Pall-Ex Polska set to launch next year

July 31, 2012 Chris Druce

Pall-Ex Polska is set to launch in Poland in May 2013, the pallet network has revealed. KMC-Services has become the network’s latest network partner as part of its ambitious European expansion plans. Pall-Ex is aiming to have a 15-strong European network in place by 2015, and Polska will be the company’s fifth European partner. It comes after Pall-Ex Romania went live in December last year. Katarzyna Chabinka, chief executive of Pall-Ex Polska, says: “In Romania, we have already seen how […]

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Autologic prepares for Stobart takeover

July 30, 2012 Christopher Walton

Trading in shares in Autologic will be suspended on 9 August as Stobart Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stobart Group, completes its acquisition of the firm. On 18 June Stobart made an offer of £12.4m- the equivalent of 20p per share – for the automotive logistics firm. Both parties had been in talks since 24 May. Stobart said at the time it wished to acquire Autologic as it could enter the automotive logistics sector in a market-leading position. It is […]

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Roadways Container Logistics back in the black

July 30, 2012 Christopher Walton

Roadways Container Logistics has returned to profit despite a fall in turnover and a warning  that rates in the market remain depressed. For the year ended 31 December 2011, Roadways achieved a pre-tax profit of £319,000, compared with a pre-tax loss of £697,000 in the previous year. Turnover, however, fell to £43m, from £49.3m in 2010; gross margins also rose from 11% to 15%. At the same time it took a £296,000 hit on restructuring charges, investing in IT and  […]

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Palletline backs FairFuelUK

July 27, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Palletline is backing the FairFuelUK (FFUK) campaign by sponsoring the IT infrastructure that enables FFUK to communicate with its hundreds of thousands of supporters. Kevin Buchanan, MD of Palletline, says: “We’re proud to be part of this admirable movement and the important work it is doing to force the fuel price agenda to centre stage. “Palletline has always looked out for the interests of its members and the transport industry as a whole. We believe that lower fuel duty will […]

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London 2012: cabbies plan third strike tomorrow (27 July)

July 26, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Some of London’s black cab drivers are set to demonstrate tomorrow (27 July) at 5pm at Hyde Park Corner in protest against restrictions being imposed on them during the operation of the Olympic Route Network (ORN). FTA has been advised by the Metropolitan Police of the planned demonstration as it is anticipated that there will be disruption in and around the area. Police are talking to the organisers and a proportionate policing plan is in place to manage the situation.

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London 2012: UPS makes final delivery of media equipment

July 26, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS has completed its final delivery to the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC) at the Olympic Park. As a result the equipment for 21,000 media representatives is now all delivered, set up and in place for the start of the Games. The logistics giant has transported 400 tons of television gear, 60,000 items of broadcast equipment and 560,000m of cabling into the IBC, which will be the only facility within the Olympic Park to operate 24 […]

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Norbert Dentressangle wins bootiful Bernard Matthews contract

July 26, 2012 Christopher Walton

Bernard Matthews has appointed Norbert Dentressangle (ND) to manage national storage and distribution for its frozen and fresh products. ND will supply Norfolk-based Bernard Matthews Farms with frozen and chilled consolidation services at shared cold stores in Easton, Norfolk and Lowestoft, Suffolk – sites ND says it has invested £1.5m in. It will be responsible for picking and delivery of orders to 500 different delivery points on a day-one for day-two basis throughout the UK and Ireland. Richard Hall, Bernard […]

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London 2012: FTA hits the road with DHL ahead of Olympics

July 26, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) joined DHL earlier this week on their contract with Iceland to a delivery to central London to discover how prepared the business is for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. On Sunday, DHL moved a lot of its London-based accounts onto night deliveries ahead of the start of the Games. Hugh Basham, transport strategy and policy director at DHL, tells MT: “We’re doing night work for 60-plus customers and plan to continue the out-of-hours activity for […]