Interviews

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 […]

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Fortec value not volume strategy pays off

May 4, 2017 Steve Hobson

Since July last year, the UK pallet networks have been facing the prospect of a new network entering the market. Principle Pallets is the brainchild of former Fortec directors Neil Hodgson and Marcus Fischer but Fortec network director Dave Spong and general manager operations Chris Dennigan (pictured above) tell MT that they haven’t heard much about the new venture. “Our members are telling us they have heard absolutely nothing from Principle,” says Dennigan. “They are on at least six months […]

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Exclusive Podcast: MT interviews Paul Dyer, chief executive, DHL Supply Chain, UK

April 28, 2017 Christopher Walton

In the first of an new series of podcasts, Motortransport.co.uk sits down with Paul Dyer, chief executive, DHL Supply Chain, UK and Ireland and talks about his career, his approach to the job and the future of the largest 3PL in the country. In this candid interview Dyer looks back at his career – starting at Ocean Group, moving on to Exel and latterly DHL. He talks about those who have influenced his career, and the skills he has picked […]