Interviews – Page 10

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    Ryder takes tyre management partnership with Bridgestone to next level


    At the CV Show 2014, contract hire and rental giant Ryder announced it was renewing a five year tyre supply contract with Bridgestone, covering most of its fleet of 25,000 vans, trucks and trailers. Ryder has exclusively used Bridgestone rubber for over 20 years, but 2014 was a watershed in ...

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    Buchanan to ring the changes at Pall-Ex


    When Kevin Buchanan announced he was leaving Palletline after seven years as MD, it was a surprise. When he was subsequently appointed group MD of fierce rival Pall-Ex, it was a shock.Palletline is owned by its members, Pall-Ex is still owned by its founder, chairman and CEO (and former Dragon) ...

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    VW car and van man takes on MAN


    Nine weeks into his job as MD of MAN Truck and Bus UK, Simon Elliott spoke to Steve Hobson about his plans for 2015.After 40 years in the truck industry, the last 20 with MAN, CEO Des Evans announced his retirement due to ill health in summer 2014, just before ...

  • Danny-Glynn

    Burnt Tree set for growth under new ownership


    Just three months into his new job as vice president and MD of Enterprise Flex-E-Rent and Burnt Tree, MT meets Danny Glynn (pictured) at Enterprise Car Rentals’ swanky nearly-new European headquarters in Egham, Surrey. “Don’t touch the walls, the paint might still be wet,” he jokes.Glynn is responsible for fulfilling ...

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    Margin remains king for Gregory


    Like many family-owned hauliers, Gregory Distribution is now run by the third generation – in this case CEO John Gregory – after being set up between the two world wars.“My grandfather started in 1919 with a horse and cart,” says Gregory. “His first truck was an ex-First World War Model ...

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    Infrastructure project support is go for growth for Garic


    Whether it is a major infrastructure project or small housing development, construction sites nowadays have to provide toilets, washing facilities and areas to rest and eat – creating a large demand for temporary amenities, writes Simon Jack.For Garic, which supplies equipment to meet such needs, this creates a complex logistical ...

  • Anders Nielsen

    MAN prepares for future carbon-based emissions standards


    Anders Nielsen took over as CEO of MAN Truck & Bus in September 2012, after 25 years at Scania, like MAN part of the Volkswagen group. There the Swede rose from managing gearbox production to a place on the board responsible for production and logistics.Despite initial concerns that the Euro-6 ...

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    Keep used trucks in the UK, urges M-B UK MD


    Michael Kamper took on the new role of UK MD of Mercedes-Benz Trucks when the truck importer restructured its commercial vehicle operation in January 2014. He describes his business as a “microcosm” of the factory in Stuttgart.“I have to raise the funds for the testing, purchasing, the route to market, ...

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    Mercedes-Benz trucks boss confident in Euro-6 technology


    Stefan Buchner has been in charge of Mercedes-Benz Trucks since January 2013, taking over just 12 months before the introduction of Euro-6 - arguably the most significant change in emissions standards since the introduction of Euro-3 in 2006.Buchner has been with Daimler for almost 30 years, the first 20 in ...

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    50 not out - ATS Euromaster keeps on rolling


    Next year sees tyre distributor ATS Euromaster celebrate its 50th anniversary since setting up in the UK. Although part of Michelin, it retains its independence, offering a full range of products and services.Simon Tattersall (pictured) was appointed head of national fleets in 2013, having previously been ATS Euromaster’s head of ...

  • Ian-Howell

    Service is king for Arrow XL


    Arrow XL is the UK's largest multi-user two-man home delivery specialist, delivering around 6,000 orders every day. It was created in April 2013 with the rebranding of Yodel XL to “differentiate itself from its sister company, parcel carrier Yodel”.Chief executive Ian Howell joined Arrow XL in October 2013. His career ...

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    Lafarge Tarmac goes the extra mile on safety


    Eyebrows rose in some parts of the industry when construction materials supplier Lafarge Tarmac announced it was going to start accrediting subcontractors for Fors as part of a new safety drive. But as the programme gathers pace, the firm has no regrets.There are many different approaches to managing subcontractors, but ...

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    System Training goes back to the knitting


    In 2012, Bibby training subsidiary System Training recorded a shock pre-tax loss of £7.5m, pushing its parent Bibby Distribution Services (Holdings) into a £4.6m loss.In 2013, System’s operating losses were cut to a “marginal” £500,000, and in its annual report Bibby said the business was now “more streamlined and focused” ...

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    Strachota rebuilds Tesco distribution network


    At almost 1m sq ft, Tesco’s giant flagship Reading DC is one of the largest grocery distribution sites in Europe.The opening of Reading in June 2013 on a former Courage brewery site is part of one of the largest change programmes in UK retail distribution history, overseen by Tesco distribution ...

  • Karl-Brown

    Brown takes over APC reins at key moment


    Karl Brown took over as chief executive of APC Overnight in November 2013, a year that Brown described on his appointment as “arguably the biggest in our company's history”.2013 saw the next-day parcels specialist move into its new £16.5m, 138,000sq ft national sorting centre in Cannock and collect the Motor ...

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    Malcolm ponders impact of Scottish independence


    Malcolm Group is more than just a family haulier: it’s a multi-modal 3PL with road, rail and warehousing; it’s a construction and civil engineering giant and one of the most prominent logistics employers in Scotland’s central belt. MT ranks the firm as the 22nd largest in the UK industry by ...

  • Trevor-Hoyle

    FedEx UK boss careful to ensure network integration success


    Since joining FedEx Express in 1995, Trevor Hoyle (pictured) has seen both the parcels industry and the way the company operates change dramatically, especially with the internet bringing new challenges. As he steps up to his new role as vice president, operations UK and Ireland, for FedEx Express and FedEx ...

  • Marcus-Fischer

    The Fortec Way to better profitability


    A year after taking on the role of commercial director at pallet network Fortec, after 13 years looking after the finances, Marcus Fischer reflects: "It’s been an interesting 12 months. We have taken the next big step in Fortec’s evolution. Our MD Neil Hodgson and I spent 2012 refining the ...

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    Baxter aiming high at Europa Worldwide


    Three years ago the industry was shocked as one of the most prominent names in family haulage, the Baxter family’s RH Freight, was snapped up by Swiss logistics giant Kuehne + Nagel for £66.9m. It was a move that came out of the blue, and was concluded within in matter ...

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    The Unipart Way


    To many people the name Unipart is associated with the aftermarket parts supplier for British Leyland and later Rover Group, and that is indeed how the company started back in 1974. But today the Unipart Group is a diverse £1bn a year multinational logistics, manufacturing and consulting business working in ...