News

Hoyer concerned by Unite’s recommendation to reject tanker driver deal

May 1, 2012 Hayley Pink

Tanker firm Hoyer says a rejection of the latest tanker driver proposals by delegates at Unite’s oil trades conference is a “matter of grave concern”. It also slams Unite for its decision to re-ballot the company’s tanker drivers, following concerns raised that not all of them received ballot papers in the initial vote. Hoyer’s statement follows a vote from around 60 delegates at the Unite oil trades conference resulting in members recommending tanker drivers reject the deal in a national […]

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News extra: Euro-6 leaves the test-cell

May 1, 2012 David Wilcox

Readers of a certain age may recall an astonishing episode in the US truck industry in 1998 when seven big engine manufacturers, including the likes of Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel and Volvo were accused by the US government’s Environmental Protection Agency of “cycle-busting.” Put simply, the EPA alleged that engines’ electronic management systems had so-called “defeat devices” that meant the engines automatically adopted a different emissions strategy during the statutory type-approval emissions test cycle. The engines could meet the emission […]

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Tyre fuel efficiency will be ‘more important’ than mileage

May 1, 2012 Steve Hobson

As fuel prices continue to rise, the rolling resistance of tyres will become more important to operators than mileage, according to Arthur Gregg, commercial sales and marketing director at Continental Tyre. The requirement to label tyres with performance ratings on rolling resistance, noise and wet grip will also focus attention on fuel economy, though Gregg says it is unlikely any tyre will achieve the highest rating for rolling resistance at first. “Low rolling resistance has been a key feature of […]

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Palletline member seeks CVA protection

May 1, 2012 Chris Druce

Palletline has revealed one of its founder members has gone to the courts to secure a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). Palletline Logistics (Midlands) is run by MD Bob Russett, one of the four founders of the original pallet network, Palletline Plc, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Russett stepped down as chairman at Palletline Plc in 2005 to concentrate on his other interests. In a statement issued today, Palletline confirmed its member company had gone to the courts to […]

Contract Wins

DHL takes a five-year slice of Warburton’s primary logistics

May 1, 2012 Hayley Pink

DHL Supply Chain has won a five-year contract with Warburtons to manage the bread-maker’s primary logistics supply chain. The deal will see DHL set up a control tower operation, based at Warburtons’ Bolton site, which will manage the distribution of up to two million loaves of bread, rolls and crumpets daily between the manufacturer’s 12 bakeries and 13 depots across the UK. The operation will be headed up by a dedicated team of planners and process improvement designers. DHL is […]

Contract Wins

Atchison Topeka renews bulk chocolate contract

May 1, 2012 Christopher Walton

Atchison Topeka (AT), part of Bibby Distribution, has renewed its bulk tanker liquid contract with chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut – a contract it has held for 15 years. A requirement of the renewal was to lower the cost base for Barry Callebaut, without compromising on quality or service. Adam Cooper, head of tanker operations at AT, says: “This is a huge achievement for us, and has taken a supreme effort from all concerned to deliver the cost savings required whilst […]

Contract Wins

Norbert Dentressangle wins Comet logistics contract

April 30, 2012 Hayley Pink

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has won a £100m, five-year deal with electrical retailer Comet to handle its UK warehousing and distribution. The contract involves ND managing store picking, dispatch and returns management at Comet’s RDCs in Skelmersdale, Lancs and Harlow, Essex. It will also bulk pick product for trans-shipment into Comet’s network of 12 home-delivery platforms. Using a dedicated fleet of around 50 tractors and 160, mainly double-deck, trailers, ND will be responsible for all distribution leaving the two RDCs, as well […]

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Who are the richest in road transport?

April 30, 2012 Christopher Walton

Operators and logistics firms were poorly represented in the 2012 Sunday Times Rich List, published yesterday. The Barclay brothers, Sir David and Sir Frederick, owners of parcel giant Yodel, remain the richest men involved in road transport with a fortune of £2.2bn. Alastair Salvesen and family are second. The former owners of Christian Salvasen, which was sold to Norbert Dentressangle for £254m in 2007, are worth £1.3bn. Also making the list are Dawsongroup owners Peter Dawson and family. The truck […]

News

Wincanton hopes tanker drivers will end dispute

April 30, 2012 Hayley Pink

Wincanton says it “regrets” Unite’s call to members to reject proposals over tanker driver terms and conditions,  and is hopeful that its drivers will recognise the progress made during the past eight days of negotiations between fuel distribution firms and union chiefs by voting to end the long-running dispute. The company says the new proposals are a positive step in bringing the wider industry up to the same high standards of training, health and safety provided by the six tanker […]

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Motortransport.co.uk survey winner announced

April 26, 2012 Steve Hobson

The winner of the iPad 2 in motortransport.co.uk’s prize draw was Scott Walker, operations manager at Bunzl Catering Supplies (right). He was presented with his prize at the CV Show 2012 by MT editor Steve Hobson. Walker’s name was pulled from the hat from all those who completed our online survey on what you like and what could be improved on our new website. Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to Scott Walker.