Industry News

Abbey Logistics reveals two-for-one trailer

April 5, 2012

Abbey Logistics Group has taken delivery of a revolutionary new combined road tank and curtainsider trailer designed to slash empty running. The twin cargo trailer, developed by Clayton Commercials, has a tanker at the bottom with two separate compartments that can take a total of 21,000 litres, while on top is a pallet deck that can carry 26 standard pallets. Abbey will initially run two of the trailers on its bulk liquid food ingedients contract with Cargill, based at Trafford […]

Contract Wins

NFT wins Adams Foods primary distribution deal

April 5, 2012 Hayley Pink

NFT has beaten rivals to a primary logistics contract with Adams Foods, that will run for a minimum of three years. Operated from NFT’s flagship Daventry DC, the deal will include the handling of more than 3,500 pallets per week of cheese and butter products, including Kerrygold and Pilgrims’ Choice brands. This equates to 14.5 million cases of product per year being delivered to major retailers and foodservice providers. The contract includes total primary logistics services from the collection of […]

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Miniclipper bids farewell to Pall-Ex

April 4, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Miniclipper Logistics is leaving Pall-Ex after more than 15 years with the network to join rival Palletline. The Leighton Buzzard-based firm was one of the founding members of Pall-Ex went it launched in 1996. Jayne Masters, sales director at Miniclipper, tells that it wasn’t an easy decision to make. “Periodically, every two years we would review our position and look at other networks, but last summer there were one or two service issues and we also wanted to be […]


Gefco revenue up ahead of “decisive year”

April 4, 2012 Peter Steele

Gefco, the logistics arm of PSA Group, saw its global revenue rise 12.9% in 2011 as it prepares to embark on what it describes as a “decisive year” for the company. For 2011 Gefco reported global revenue of €3.8bn, compared to €3.4bn a year ago, and an operating income of €223m (2010: €198m). Excluding its PSA business, revenue was up 19.2% to €1.4bn. In January Gefco revealed new contract wins with Chevrolet and HPC Healthline. A statement from the firm […]


Come dine with us

April 4, 2012 Steve Hobson

Last year’s 25th anniversary Motor Transport Awards were a sell-out, so to make sure you get a seat at the biggest night in the road transport calendar book now! With more than 1,500 of the top movers and shakers in road transport expected to pack the Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel to see who collects the 18 Motor Transport Awards tickets are selling fast. Guests will also be entertained by a top line up of entertainers, and – […]

Operator News

Peter Larner acts to improve image of logistics

April 3, 2012 Steve Hobson

Following on from Alastair Campbell’s thought-provoking presentation on how the transport industry can get its message across to the public at the last MT Directors’ Club, Suckling Transport MD Pater Larner is taking action. A new Suckling Transport tank trailer, which is being exhibited by Lakeland Tankers at the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers Exhibition in Harrogate on 18/19 April 2012, will be the first to carry a new “Love Logistics” livery developed in association with the FTA. This trailer will […]


Norbert Dentressangle opens £1m NDC

April 3, 2012 Hayley Pink

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) says it has invested more than £1m in a new shared-user site at Rugby, to serve as an NDC for Continental Tyre Group. The new 212,000ft² facility, located in Prologis Central Park just off J1 of the M6, will also  store products from fellow ND customer Bridgestone UK, which currently occupies around 60% of the available capacity. ND has worked with Continental since 2006 and handles storage and distribution of tyres to retailers and fitters throughout the […]


Sensible acquisition will add £6m a year to Autologic

April 3, 2012 Peter Steele

Autologic says its acquisition of the assets of Sensible Transport will add £6m a year to its revenue, but warns that automotive customers remain “focused strongly on price”. For the year ending 31 December 2011, Autologic saw its UK revenue rise 4% to £114.5m (2010: £110.6m) but operating profit in its UK arm fell from £3.2m a year ago to £3.1m. It says that contract pricing in the automotive sector remains competitive, with customers focused strongly on price. The company […]


Wincanton hit by decline in volumes

April 3, 2012 Hayley Pink

Wincanton has warned that a decline in customers’ volumes and a reduced demand for warehousing will “adversely affect” the business in the next 12 months. In a trading update issued today (Tuesday 3 April), the group says that while it has successfully retained and won new contracts across all sectors, market conditions in retail, FMCG and containers have been challenging. It adds that a number of its customers are seeing a decline in volumes, which is resulting in reduced demand […]


K+N sell off Renault Trucks dealership

April 2, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Logistic company Kuehne + Nagel has sold its Renault Trucks dealership RH Commercial Vehicles for an undisclosed sum, a year after it bought its parent company The RH Group for £66.9m. The new owners of the East Midlands dealership, that employs 55 people, include its current MD Nigel Baxter and general manager Paul Pearson, who becomes commercial director, as well as Neville and Peter Baxter. Last year the dealership turned over £16m from sales, parts and servicing from its head […]