News

Redhead International opens Bristol depot

May 3, 2012

Redhead International has opened a new depot in Bristol to provide a platform to drive growth into Eastern Europe, including Russia and the Balkan states. The new service will particularly appeal to businesses looking to transport between one and four pallets internationally, says Redhead. Tony Suggitt, Redhead’s joint MD, adds: “The success of the new facility in Bristol is very important to our growth plans. “It provides us with a platform to offer our industry renowned flexible solutions to companies […]

Gregory Distribution
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Gregory Distribution orders 300 Scanias

May 2, 2012

Gregory Distribution has opted to re-fleet with Scania trucks, with 300 units due to be delivered to the North Tawton, Devon-based operator during the next three-years. The decision to replace around two-thirds of Gregory’s vehicle fleet with Scanias comes after comparative fuel trials featuring trucks from four manufacturers. John Gregory, chief executive of Gregory Distribution, says: “The results were extremely encouraging and this, backed with factors such as driver appeal and the extensive range of maintenance services offered by Scania […]

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Turnover up 13.7% at Langdons Industries

May 2, 2012 Peter Steele

Controlled temperature specialist Langdons saw a 13.7% increase in turnover as it felt the benefit of a £9m investment it its Redditch depot. For the year ending 31 December 2011 turnover at Langdons Industries was £67.5m (2010: £59.4m), while pre-tax profit rose to £2.7m from £2.1m in the previous 12 month period. Arran Osman, MD at Langdons, says that return on sales has “settled back to expected levels based on performance in 2009” as “profit in 2010 had been significantly […]

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 […]

Industry News

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 […]

Awards

Fleet Driver of the Year shortlist profiled

May 1, 2012 Steve Hobson

  After two days intensive judging, the shortlists for the 2012 Motor Transport Awards have been selected. Here we preview the finalists in the Fleet Driver of the Year category.   Paul Allen, Royal Mail In 2004, Paul Allen, a driver with Royal Mail since 1990, became an instructor and in 2008 a driver coach. Focusing on key aspects of driver performance, Allen has been instrumental in Royal Mail’s safety and fuel efficiency drives. By identifying and encouraging positive driver […]

Palletline
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Palletline member seeks CVA protection

May 1, 2012

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 Peter Steele

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 […]