Industry News

Free Olympic Freight Planner now available

June 19, 2012

Transport for London (TfL) has released its Olympic Freight Journey Planner, to help operators navigate the disruption London 2012 will bring this summer. The Pie Mapping developed planner calculates the most appropriate route for operators to take during the Games period based on the date and time of day and the vehicle’s dimensions. Although free to all, the journey planner offers further functionality to members of TfL’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. This includes the ability to save your routes, chosen […]

Contract Wins

Wincanton wins £60m Dairy Crest renewal

June 19, 2012 Hayley Pink

Wincanton has won a £60m, three-year milk distribution renewal with Dairy Crest, which will extend the firms’ partnership to 21 years of working together. The deal will see the logistics giant collecting milk from more than 600 farms across southern England and Wales and transporting it, via a 100-strong fleet, to four Dairy Crest dairies. Mike Sheldon, milk procurement director at Dairy Crest, says Wincanton was chosen to continue as delivery partner due to its commitment to providing continuous efficiencies […]


Boughey owner NWF Group in line with expectations

June 19, 2012 Hayley Pink

Boughey Distribution’s parent company NWF Group  says trading for the year ended 31 May has been in line with expectations. However, its food division, which incorporates the activities of Boughey Distribution, has experienced a weaker second half, which NWF says reflects lower volumes stored in the business. Nevertheless, the division’s profit contribution is expected to be ahead of expectations when the full-year results are announced on 14 August. NWF’s fuel distribution business has suffered a “disappointing” year, which the group […]

Stobart Group to purchase Autologic

Stobart Group in for Autologic with £12.4m cash offer

June 19, 2012 Peter Steele

Stobart Group has made its expected formal offer for car-transporter firm Autologic, which values the company at £12.4m. The deal would in effect see Stobart become the largest car-transporter haulier in the UK. Both parties have been in talks since Thursday 24 May and Stobart has made the offer in cash through Stobart Holdings Limited. Autologic is recommending the deal, which is the equivalent of 20p per share, to  its shareholders. Avril Palmer-Baunack, chief executive of Autologic, says: “The combination […]


Lenham Storage turnover up 17.6%

June 15, 2012 Peter Steele

Kent-based haulage group Lenham Storage saw only a modest increase in its profit last year due to the soaring price of fuel, despite a 17.6% rise in turnover across the group. Combined results for Lenham Storage Company and smaller sister-company Lenham Storage (Southern), which are published separately, show that turnover rose from £24m to £28.2m for the year-ending 31 August 2011. However, pre-tax profit only rose from £562,174 in 2010 to £591,263 (5.2%) in the period. A spokesman for the […]


Wincanton on track to return to profit in the coming year

June 15, 2012

Wincanton will be back in the black this financial year as the group’s extensive restructuring and disposals programme bears fruit. Wincanton chief executive Eric Born tells MT: “When [we] started this programme we said it would take two years to arrest the decline. We are bang on track. It’s absolutely what I’m expecting.” A year of restructuring and disposals saw it sell its European operations to focus on the UK and Ireland, dispose of its 20% shareholding in Culina Logistics […]


Widdowson builds on Waitrose success

June 15, 2012 Peter Steele

In April, Leicester-based Widdowson achieved a significant milestone: it became the first third party selected by Waitrose to be the supermarket chain’s official logistics partner in the Midlands. Waitrose has previously nominated carriers only to assist with distribution in the North and South. The move demonstrates how far the operator has come since it started life as a coal merchant in the early 1900s – it is registered as AM Widdowson, which stands for Ada Mary, the wife of the […]

MT Awards 2012

Industry confident about prospects for remainder of 2012

June 14, 2012

Senior figures in the road transport industry are more confident about their businesses’ prospects during the remainder of the year, than they were at the start of 2012. A vox-pop of senior managers and executives at last night’s Motor Transport Awards revealed a sector confident in its abilities to ride out the economic storm. “Yes [we’re optimistic], as people always want to eat and drink no matter how tough it gets, as they want the feel-good factor,” says Mike Reid, […]


MT Awards 2012 winners revealed

June 14, 2012 Steve Hobson

CM Downton walked away with the big prize of the night – the Haulier of the Year trophy – in front of a sell-out audience of 1,500 at last night’s Motor Transport Awards (13 June). Delighted directors of the family firm Andrew, Richard and John Downton, collected the trophy from co-host Sean Lock. The Moreton Valance, Gloucestershire-based firm has achieved the remarkable feat of boosting turnover and doubling operating profit since the credit crunch struck in 2008 – a performance […]


Hoyer profit falls as it warns of “challenging” future

June 13, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Hoyer says 2012, and the medium term future, will be a “challenging period” as the bulk liquid giant reported a 6.8% fall in pre-tax profit to £3.5m for the year ending 31 December 2011 (2010: £3.8m). Turnover for the period also fell, by 3% to £133m (2010: £137.7m) according to results filed at Companies House. In its air gas business, Hoyer saw turnover reduce by some £3m following the loss of the Air Liquide contract at the end of August […]