UK now 32% of total Norbert Dentressangle turnover

January 31, 2013 Robin Meczes

A “satisfactory” fourth quarter left French logistics giant Norbert Dentressangle with group turnover of €3.88bn (£3.32bn) during 2012 – up 8.5%. The group’s transport division accounted for just over €2bn of this (up 3.7%), despite reduced volumes from some customers; with its contract logistics work adding just under €1.8bn (up 12%), thanks mainly to a strong performance in the UK, Italy and the Netherlands. The firm’s burgeoning freight forwarding activities, meanwhile, generated revenues of €143m (up 67%). Although ND’s total […]

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Commercial vehicles key to reducing emissions

January 31, 2013 Robin Meczes

Commercial vehicles have “a very big role” to play in reducing road transport carbon emissions in the future, according to the head of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LCVP). Speaking to after an event this week (29 January) marking the tenth anniversary of the public-private partnership, LCVP MD Andy Eastlake  said both  light and heavy commercial vehicles would play their parts in cutting emissions. To his end, LCVP is currently working on the development of a strategy to encourage […]

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Privatise road network, says CBI

January 31, 2013

The only way to ensure the long-term health of the UK’s ailing roads network and plug a £10bn funding shortfall is to wrest control away from the government, a new CBI report has claimed. With the economy already losing up to £8bn a year in congestion related costs, the report, titled: ‘Bold thinking: a model to fund our future roads’, makes the case for something along the lines of what has taken place in the UK’s utility sector. This would […]

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Palmer-Baunack in the spotlight

January 31, 2013 Peter Steele

So, who is really in charge of Stobart Group? On Monday 21 January the answer to that question was suddenly not so simple. Andrew Tinkler and William Stobart have driven the company since their holding company, WA Developments International, acquired Eddie Stobart in 2004 – and subsequently reverse merged with WA Developments in 2007 – creating the LSE-listed company we know today.

No Picture

UPS and TNT deal would have restricted competition, says regulator

January 31, 2013 Ashleigh Wight

The European Commission (EC) said the aborted UPS and TNT merger would have increased prices and would not have been challenged enough by other carriers. The regulator officially blocked the merger from taking place on 30 January, claiming it would have restricted competition for express delivery between European countries in 15 nations. It also said that the acquisition would have reduced the number of “significant players” to two in some countries, which it claimed would have “likely harmed customers by […]


Yusen Logistics exceeds one million pallets target

January 30, 2013 Peter Steele

More than a million pallets of medicines and pharmaceutical raw materials have already been contracted out for carriage in Yusen Logistics’ pan-European network. The Northampton-based logistics provider is also expanding its fleet on the self-titled ‘Pharma Superhighway’ service to incorporate more double-deck, duel temperature trailers as it looks to improve load fill rates. Yusen hubs in the UK, as well as Belgium, manage inbound and outbound shipments as well as providing consolidation and cross-docking services for onward delivery throughout the […]

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Disappointment as OFT says there will be no fuel market investigation

January 30, 2013

The founder of campaign group PetrolPromise has expressed his disappointment after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) decided against launching an investigation into the UK petrol and diesel market. Campaign founder Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, said: “I am grateful to the OFT for their work. But it is disappointing that they will not hold a full inquiry. For example, they admit that there is a problem with poor competition in many towns but they are not taking action.” “Government […]

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Do you know a strong female role model? Nominate them for the 2013 Everywoman Awards

January 30, 2013 Laura Hailstone

The road transport industry is being urged to play its part in attracting more women to the sector by entering this year’s Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. “The annual awards, sponsored this year by the FTA, demonstrate that the sector suits women and is one in which they can excel,” said Maxine Benson, co-founder of Everywoman. “The awards prove that there are no limits for women in transport and logistics – all previous winners having made an outstanding contribution […]


Turnover and volumes fall at Boughey Distribution

January 29, 2013 Ashleigh Wight

Turnover at Boughey Distribution fell during the first half of its current financial year, after the loss of a customer was not offset with enough new business. In a statement issued today by parent company NWF Group covering the six months ended 30 November 2012, it was revealed that turnover at Boughey Distribution fell 17.5% to £18.9m (2011/12: £22.9m). Boughey Distribution was hit particularly hard by the loss of a contract with AB World Foods in the period, which caused […]

Contract Wins

Paint supplier PPG renews contract with Norbert Dentressangle

January 29, 2013 Ashleigh Wight

Paint and sealant supplier PPG Industries has renewed its contract with Norbert Dentressangle for a further 18 months. PPG, which provides paint, coatings and sealant for the UK Ministry of Defence and customers in the construction, industrial, consumer and transportation markets, has extended the contract to include next day delivery. The new contract will see Norbert make over 1,600 deliveries per month to aerospace and automotive customers. The majority of orders will be delivered during the day with a few […]