Volvo boss full of confidence in new Renault line up

June 14, 2013 Steve Hobson

At this week’s multi-million euro launch of Renault Trucks’ complete new line up in Lyon, senior directors from its parent Volvo Group turned out to lend their support to this €2bn (£1.7bn) project to revitalise Renault’s ageing CV portfolio. These included Volvo Group president Olof Persson and he spoke to MT editor Steve Hobson.


Michelin weathering the recessionary storm

May 31, 2013 Steve Hobson

It is now five years since the credit crunch plunged Europe into deep recession. MT editor Steve Hobson went to Michelin HQ in Clermont-Ferrand to find out how the super-premium tyre maker is weathering the storm.


Norbert Dentressangle MDs take joint approach to UK market

May 20, 2013 Steve Hobson

With the appointment of Malcolm Wilson to the board of its French parent company earlier this year, Phil Shaw (pictured below) was promoted to replace Wilson as Norbert Dentressangle (ND) UK Logistics MD. The company does not split turnover and profit for each country, and between them Shaw and Mike Bridges (left), MD of ND’s UK Transport Services division, are responsible for the lion’s share of ND’s UK and Ireland €1.3bn (£1bn) business.


BNP Paribas – the bank that likes to say 'yes'

May 15, 2013 Steve Hobson

With UK banks under constant fire for failing to lend to British businesses, it is refreshing to talk to a banker who is positively eager to work with UK operators. Graham Winslet is sales director of BNP Paribas Rental Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas, one of the strongest banks in the world (rated AA by Standard & Poor’s). He is responsible for growing the CV contract hire business, which currently owns around 15,000 CVs in France and the UK.  


Jam today for Bibby’s Iain Speak

April 18, 2013 Christopher Walton

Visiting the Atchison Topeka depot in Droitwitch, now run by Bibby Distribution, it is easy to imagine – after seeing a warehouse full of jam ready to go into a famous biscuit – that they have turned the phrase ‘jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today’ on its head. There definitely is jam today.

CV Show

CV Show partners expect big things for 2013

March 20, 2013 Steve Hobson

The CV Show is back with a bang, with all but two of the major truck builders making an appearance. If 2011 was the return of the “full-fat” CV Show, then 2013 will be a full-cream, gold-topped event, with all but two of the major truck builders using the show to launch new product ranges. After a couple of uncertain years in the post-2008 recession, when only the commitment of the show’s owners kept it alive, the CV Show and […]


Fowler Welch MD Nick Hay – Part 2

February 26, 2013 Steve Hobson

Fowler Welch’s move into ambient distribution alongside its chilled business is already paying dividends as MD Nick Hay tells Steve Hobson Although Nick Hay – MD of Fowler Welch since November 2010 – has, like the firm he runs, a background in chilled distribution, he sees ambient markets as far more happy hunting grounds. As Stobart’s withdrawal from the chilled market demonstrates, this has become a price-led commodity business where operators struggle to make money.