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Big data could improve road safety says Microlise

September 29, 2017 Steve Hobson

Big improvements in the way huge amounts of data is analysed could soon lead to detailed risk ratings for specific roads at different times of the day, according to Matthew Hague, executive director – product strategy at Microlise.


Gas as a road transport fuel – has its time finally come?

August 4, 2017 Steve Hobson

Gasrec has bet a small fortune on the future of natural gas as a road transport fuel. Chief executive Rob Wood tells Steve Hobson that the odds are moving in its favour. For those in the road transport industry with long memories, the era of gas-powered vehicles has dawned before – but proved to be false. Will things be different this time, as diesel is not only more expensive now but is being demonised for its carbon dioxide, particulate and […]

Longer semi-trailer, Cartwright

Cartwright’s cradle to grave approach to trailer care

July 17, 2017 Steve Hobson

The Cartwright Group has been based in Altrincham, Cheshire, since 1952, and while the core of the business is still designing and manufacturing on average 80 trailers and rigid bodies a week it now has many more strings to its bow. Its Rentals division has almost 6,500 trailers available for rent; Finance Sales can provide a variety of funding options; Used Sales refurbishes and sells around 800 used trailers each year; Parts & Spares sells repair and maintenance parts; Conversions […]


A team effort for Scania boss Henriksson

July 5, 2017 Steve Hobson

Henrik Henriksson took over the top job as president and CEO of Scania in January 2016, succeeding Per Hallberg, who had been filling the role since April 2015 when Martin Lundstedt defected to head up rival Volvo. Aged just 45, Henriksson was previously head of sales and marketing, having joined Scania as a management trainee in 1997. “It is the first time in Scania’s history that we have a non-engineer as CEO,” he says. “It is a sign of the […]


Blowing hot and cold on tyre retreads

July 5, 2017 Steve Hobson

As the world’s largest new tyre manufacturer, turning over $28bn (£22bn) a year, it might seem surprising that Bridgestone also has a significant retread operation. It purchased global cold cure retread franchise Bandag, largely for its huge US operation, and acquired UK hot cure specialist Bulldog in Bourne, Lincolnshire. The fortunes of truck tyre retreaders have waxed and waned in the past decade as a period of high prices and shortages of new tyres prior to 2011 has since been […]


Superstar interns up for auction at Motor Transport Awards

June 29, 2017 Steve Hobson

At the Motor Transport Awards we will be holding a very unusual auction in support of our industry charity Transaid. Instead of winning holidays or the latest gadgets, guests will be able to bid on three very well-known interns who will come and work for your company for a day. These are not your usual young and green interns – they are all industry superstars who you can use in any way you see fit from washing trucks to a day’s […]

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Keep a lid on TCO with exclusive ExxonMobil webinar

June 15, 2017 Steve Hobson

ExxonMobil has produced the definitive guide to total cost of ownership (TCO), from how to calculate and measure it to the steps operators can take to reduce it, including the use of high performance lubricants. The guide is available as a free download and, to launch this invaluable aid to keeping a lid on costs, ExxonMobil in association with held a webinar on the subject of TCO. The expert panel included James Hookham, deputy chief executive of the FTA […]