As 2014 draws to a close, MT.co.uk looks back at the stories you wanted to read. There were shocks, surprises and startling revalations galore in the road transport industry, but what were the ten stories that attracted the most attention? Here’s a clue: Seafield, Stobart and shortages dominated…
13) Malcolm Wilson, MD, Logistics, Norbert Dentressangle A Brit on the board of French logistics giant Norbert Dentressangle, Wilson has been rewarded for the successful integration of Christian Salvesen and TDG into its UK logistics business, acquisitions which shot ND into the premier league.
14) Dwain McDonald, chief executive, GeoPost UK Multiple MT Award winner GeoPost UK, comprising of DPD and Interlink, continues to set the standard in the parcel industry, and beyond. Its Predict service continues to be built upon as the industry-leading technology for B2C and B2B parcel delivery, with many rivals seeking to emulate its performance.
Renewed economic confidence and a focus on efficiencies saw an increase in the amount of mergers and acquisitions in 2014 as operators looked to strengthen, diversify and consolidate. Motortransport.co.uk takes a look back at a surprisingly strong year of M&A activity. In February, Pollock (Scotrans) acquired Blackburn-based haulier Gilbraith (TS) for an undisclosed seven figure sum, giving the Scottish operator extended reach into north-west England. April saw Essex-based freight forwarder and haulier Simarco purchase Longport-Staffordshire based IFB for an undisclosed […]
15) Eric Born, chief executive, Wincanton Wincanton remains the largest British owned and based third-party logistics provider in the UK and Born continues to run the business under the ‘no surprises’ mantra with great success. Born admits that he likes the business to be “boring”. If so, he’s delivered a share price increase from 126p in December 2013 to 160p in December 2014 by being boring.
16) David Hunt, vice president and MD for Ryder Europe Ryder Europe is the largest rental and leasing provider in the UK of trucks, and the second largest of trailers, and in 2014 it continued to grow, acquiring trailer repair and maintenance company Bullwell Trailer Solutions.
Training course providers have reacted with scepticism to a new DVSA recommendation that they should include one hour on vulnerable road users (VRUs) in every Driver CPC periodic training course from next year.
17) Kevin Buchanan, MD, Pall-Ex Buchanan’s change of horses from Palletline to its keen rival Pall-Ex has set tongues wagging in the incestuous world of pallet networks. Pall-Ex’s high profile owner and chairman Hilary Devey and Buchanan have crossed swords in the past, but a healthy mutual respect means they could become the dream team in 2015.
The RHA has warned vehicle operators not to assume current haulage costs will be sustained during 2015 when negotiating any end-of-year rate increases with customers.
City Link appointed administrators on Christmas Eve, temporarily suspending all operations over Christmas, citing continued “substantial losses over several years” and admitted it would be unable to accept new parcels due to the further losses it would incur.