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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 […]

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Argos on the the e-commerce Fast Track

August 3, 2017 Chris Druce

Argos has reinvented itself to compete in the digital age against the rapid rise of the e-retailers and it’s done so by putting road transport at the heart of its operation. Two years ago Argos signalled its ambition to take the fight to e-retailers and their increasingly sophisticated express delivery services. Argos Fast Track, which was trialled in 2014 and rolled out in-store March 2015 and then as a delivery service in the autumn, meant the advent of same-day delivery […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Suttons sees plenty of scope for growth post Brexit

June 9, 2017 Steve Hobson

Widnes-based tanker specialist Suttons was founded by Alf Sutton in 1926 and remains family-owned. The founder’s grandson John Sutton was appointed CEO of Suttons Group in 2013 and the Sutton family still form the majority of the Suttons Group board. Suttons Group has two operating divisions: Road Tankers, headed by MD Michael Cundy; and Suttons International, where Barry McNally is MD. Road Tankers turns over around £70m a year, with the business split roughly 55% chemicals, 35% gases and 10% […]

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Beverley Bell on her time as senior TC and challenging the system

May 22, 2017 Ashleigh Wight

Whatever their personal opinion of the traffic commissioners (TCs), most operators would agree they collectively perform a vital role in keeping the public and industry safe from rogue operators. But one commissioner in particular, Beverley Bell, was among the first to attempt to change the way the TCs are portrayed, and as she prepares to step down from her role and hand over to East of England TC Richard Turfitt, has helped shape the way the transport industry is regulated.

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Bibby Distribution business review pays dividends

May 12, 2017 Hayley Pink

Bibby Distribution’s 18-month transformation strategy is finally coming to fruition, as the MT Top 100 operator turned a profit for the first time in two years. A complete review of the operation, from warehouse to board structure, has taken place, with the company aiming to go “back to basics”. This has seen the disposal of non-logistics divisions from the Bibby Supply Chain portfolio – training arm Systems Training in 2015, and agency business Direct Workforce at the end of 2016. “From […]