Industry News

The biggest stories of 2014 on motortransport.co.uk

December 31, 2014 Christopher Walton

As 2014 draws to a close, MT.co.uk looks back at the stories you wanted to read. There were shocks, surprises and startling revalations galore in the road transport industry, but what were the ten stories that attracted the most attention? Here’s a clue: Seafield, Stobart and shortages dominated…

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Power Players 2014: Dwain McDonald, chief executive, GeoPost UK

December 30, 2014 Christopher Walton

14) Dwain McDonald, chief executive, GeoPost UK Multiple MT Award winner GeoPost UK, comprising of DPD and Interlink, continues to set the standard in the parcel industry, and beyond. Its Predict service continues to be built upon as the industry-leading technology for B2C and B2B parcel delivery, with many rivals seeking to emulate its performance.

Operator News

2014: a year of merger and acquisition activity

December 29, 2014 Christopher Walton

Renewed economic confidence and a focus on efficiencies saw an increase in the amount of mergers and acquisitions in 2014 as operators looked to strengthen, diversify and consolidate. Motortransport.co.uk takes a look back at a surprisingly strong year of M&A activity. In February, Pollock (Scotrans) acquired Blackburn-based haulier Gilbraith (TS) for an undisclosed seven figure sum, giving the Scottish operator extended reach into north-west England. April saw Essex-based freight forwarder and haulier Simarco purchase Longport-Staffordshire based IFB for an undisclosed […]

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Power Players 2014: Eric Born, chief executive, Wincanton

December 29, 2014 Christopher Walton

15) Eric Born, chief executive, Wincanton Wincanton remains the largest British owned and based third-party logistics provider in the UK and Born continues to run the business under the ‘no surprises’ mantra with great success. Born admits that he likes the business to be “boring”. If so, he’s delivered a share price increase from 126p in December 2013 to 160p in December 2014 by being boring.

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Power Players 2014: Kevin Buchanan, MD, Pall-Ex

December 27, 2014 Christopher Walton

17) Kevin Buchanan, MD, Pall-Ex Buchanan’s change of horses from Palletline to its keen rival Pall-Ex has set tongues wagging in the incestuous world of pallet networks. Pall-Ex’s high profile owner and chairman Hilary Devey and Buchanan have crossed swords in the past, but a healthy mutual respect means they could become the dream team in 2015.