It is now five years since the credit crunch plunged Europe into deep recession. MT editor Steve Hobson went to Michelin HQ in Clermont-Ferrand to find out how the super-premium tyre maker is weathering the storm. Recessions are tough on premium brands, as buyers go into survival mode and the long-term benefits of spending more upfront to reduce running costs become less important than seeking short-term cash savings. Without secondary brands to woo such operators, Michelin has had to persevere […]
Chester-based third party logistics provider Great Bear Distribution has said it “performed well” last year after raising turnover by over 12% and pre-tax profit by nearly 8%.
MEPs have narrowly voted through a proposal to introduce new legislation on maximum vehicle noise that would see most new heavy road-going trucks restricted to a maximum of 79dB(A) with new off-roaders limited to 80dB(A). The vote, held by the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee on 18 December, also moves forward a plan to introduce an obligatory labelling scheme to inform operators about the noise rating of vehicles in brochures and at the point of purchase. The 79dB(A) limit would apply […]
Tyre manufacturer BFGoodrich is entering the UK and Ireland truck tyre markets from January next year.