Contract Wins

Drinks contract win cheers Abbey

May 13, 2013 Motor Transport

Abbey Logistics Group will be distributing well-known drinks brands such as Lambrini, Crabbies and Tsingtao beer in the UK after a contract win with Halewood International, which owns and manufactures these and other brands.


Knights of Old buys A.E. Parker

May 3, 2013 Motor Transport

Knights of Old has acquired Chichester-based A.E. Parker Warehousing and Distribution in a deal that creates a haulier with 500 staff, 200 trucks, 225 trailers and 300,000ft² of warehousing.

Industry News

News Extra: Too much of a good thing

December 3, 2012 Motor Transport

The explosive growth in e-commerce in recent years has left the road transport industry struggling to provide enough capacity. MT looks at the implications of this change. Today (3 December) is Cyber Monday, where consumers in the full swing of crazed Christmas-gift buying are expected to set a record and make 115 million visits to online retail sites. If Experian’s prediction is realised, it will represent a leap of 36% on the same day last year. For December as a […]


Is Christmas cancelled for container hauliers?

September 25, 2012 Motor Transport

Christmas may be cancelled for some container operators enduring flat volumes instead of the usual autumn surge as retail customers remain cautious about stocking up for the gift-giving season. Roadways Container Logistics MD Nick Matthews is not expecting a reversal in the coming months. “Christ-mas in the container industry comes early in the year; typically September, October and November. September has not seen a significant increase on prior months and some of the largest shipping lines are not predicting much […]


Harlequin Logistics hauls a bigger breakfast

September 20, 2012 Motor Transport

Harlequin Logistics is now running about a dozen 15.65m trailers on its Kellogg’s operation, as part of the government’s 10-year trial of longer semi-trailers. Four of the five members of the year-old haulier consortium – Currie European, John Raymond Transport, Jack Richards & Son and Prestons of Potto – are running the longer trailers for the cereal giant, shipping loads from Manchester throughout the UK. The 3.04m-high SDC Trailers can carry 60 pallets rather than the normal 52, said Currie’s […]


Russian Railways to buy 75% of Gefco

September 20, 2012 Motor Transport

JSC Russian Railways (RZD), is in talks to buy 75% of Gefco, the logistics arm of cash-strapped car maker PSA Peugeot Citroën for €800m (£640m). PSA Peugeot Citroën said the proposed deal should speed Gefco’s growth by creating a business with enhanced reach in logistics services linking Europe and Asia. The existing management team, led by its president Luc Nadal, will not change, it added. Vitaly Belskiy, from consultancy Frost & Sullivan, said: “The deal is a clear ‘win-win’ for […]


Thinking about changing your company’s engine oil supplier? Read this first

June 28, 2012 Motor Transport

Is super-high performance oil better than ultra-high performance or vice-versa? Is long drain better than extended drain, or is it the other way round? The plethora of things to consider when choosing the right engine oils for your haulage business can make it very time consuming. Then there is all the marketing hyperbole. Every oil seems to have an alphabet spaghetti of specifications and accreditations on its data sheet. Cut through the jargon and start making business savings quickly and […]

Industry News

News Extra: Weighing up the Euro-6 options

June 26, 2012 Motor Transport

Amid fears of higher costs and inferior mpg, MT test drives the new Euro-6 Scania G4409 LA 4×2 MNA. Fears of worse fuel consumption, extra weight and higher costs are expected to prompt operators to accelerate fleet renewal programmes to get the last Euro-5 trucks before 2014. MT’s first Euro-6 test set out to find if their fears are justified. Scania is known for its EGR engines in the UK, but its Euro-5 engine range also includes units employing SCR. […]


FREE Buyers’ Guides – can you afford to miss out?

June 11, 2012 Motor Transport

“Challenging.” That seems to the fashionable description for the tough economic times in which we find ourselves. Capital budgets are being cut to the bone – and then trimmed some more. That’s where our sister website,’s series of free Buyers’ Guideswill come in handy to road haulage businesses. Cutting a route through the purchasing jungle to find the shortest path to the wisest buys the independent Buyers’ Guides cover all topics – from AdBlue to yard counterbalance trucks, with more […]