Interviews – Page 5

  • Willie Paterson

    Asset Alliance continues to grow its truck contract and leasing fleet despite Brexit uncertainty


    The contract hire sector has seen some high-profile failures in recent months, but Asset Alliance Group continues to go from strength to strength as chief executive Willie Paterson tells Steve Hobson.With 5,000 owned assets, plus a further 1,500 under fleet management contracts, Asset Alliance Group has grown steadily since it ...

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    Miniclipper Logistics: "We're an IT company that happens to deliver stuff!"


    They may take different sides on Brexit, but when it comes to running a haulage business the husband and wife team at Miniclipper Logistics are definitely on the same page.Despite the challenging times, the company has just revealed a 17% increase in turnover for the year ending 31 May ...

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    One year on, RHA boss Richard Burnett delivers his verdict on the APPG on freight and logistics


    John Williams, Sir Mike Penning and Richard BurnettIt is now one year since Sir Mike Penning MP set up a new all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on road freight and logistics with three primary goals: to help ease the chronic shortage of HGV drivers; improve the image of the industry in ...

  • David Wells 2016 (3)

    FTA: 'Bigger disruptors than Brexit are coming and you need to be ready...'


    It’s fair to say FTA chief executive David Wells has got plenty on his plate right now. Not only is the logistics industry stuck squarely in the middle of Brexit, but a range of what he calls “other big disruptors” are making these increasingly challenging times for his members.However, as ...

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    Bibby Distribution talks company culture, back to basics and 'Employer of Choice' ambition


    When MT last met with Bibby Distribution in the summer of 2017, the business was hard at work getting ‘back to the basics’ of strengthening its core transport and warehousing operations.This included a network overhaul focusing on key geographical locations, investment in new fleet and warehousing management systems, reviewing low-margin ...

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    Volvo Trucks MD brings bus experience to bear on greener trucks


    The major truck importers seem to turn over MDs almost as fast as Premier League football clubs and the latest incumbent at Volvo Trucks Robert Grozdanovski recently took over following Arne Knaben’s five year stint.Grozdanovski comes to Warwick after eight years in Eastern Europe and says that within reason Volvo ...

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    Taking the best of everything drives growth at XPO


    Malcolm Wilson was appointed CEO of XPO Logistics Europe in September 2017 – well-deserved recognition for the work he did integrating the UK operation over the previous 12 years.Wilson, who has 25 years’ experience in the logistics industry, was MD of Christian Salvesen when it was acquired by French 3PL ...

  • Matthew and Kat Farrall (brother and sister) Farrall Group

    New generation steers Farrall's Group towards future growth


    The third generation of family firm Farrall’s Group has stepped forward to take over the reins of the business.Siblings Kat and Matthew Farrall (pictured) have become joint MDs of the Chester-based haulage and warehousing firm with the aim of expanding the company’s customer base and boosting annual turnover from £9.4m ...

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    Prohire continues to invest despite Brexit uncertainty


    Established in 1997, Prohire has enjoyed continuous growth from both existing and new business over the last 22 years, offering a full range of contract hire, rental and fleet management services for vehicles from car-derived vans to 44-tonne tractor units.It has not let the uncertainties surrounding Brexit stop its investment ...

  • Marian Kitson

    DVSA chief enforcer on Earned Recognition and private annual testing


    Marian Kitson joined the DVSA as director of enforcement in September 2018 after 32 years with HMRC. Speaking to MT editor Steve Hobson at the Microlise Transport Conference in May, Kitson said the agency’s flagship Earned Recognition scheme for the most compliant operators was going well.“We now have 7% of ...

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    MAN seeks clarity from legislators on autonomy and carbon emissions


    Goran Nyberg Photo: Professional ImagesMAN Truck and Bus enjoyed its best year for truck sales for a decade in 2018 but speaking at a press conference yesterday UK MD Thomas Hemmerich warned that the “legislative environment going forward is hard to read so is more challenging than before”.These challenges include ...

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    Mark Duggan on The Pallet Network's blossoming relationship with Eddie Stobart Logistics


    For a man that has led The Pallet Network (TPN) through its biggest change in recent history, namely joining the Eddie Stobart Logistics (ESL) fold, Mark Duggan comes across as assured and relaxed when catches up with him.The reason for the interview with TPN's MD is that it’s now ...

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    Sir Mike Penning on addressing the driver shortage; why he won't back May's Brexit deal and a need for emission controls


    Sir Mike Penning MP announced at an RHA parliamentary reception last year that he intended to form an all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on road freight and logistics to ensure that this vital sector has a voice in parliament as the UK leaves the EU.Penning was elected Conservative MP for Hemel ...

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    Michael Conroy talks to MT about Palletforce's super 2018


    When MT meets up with Palletforce CEO Michael Conroy, at a central London hotel rather than the network’s hub in Burton-upon-Trent, it is ahead of the big EV Cargo announcement.So while Palletforce’s future is as the Express division of newly formed EV Cargo, our subject for the day is solely ...

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    Mike Penning: why the MP is back fighting for road transport


    He laid the groundwork for the HGV Road User Levy and and started the longer semi-trailer trial while transport minister. Now he’s back supporting recovery operators and hauliers as the chair of two parliamentary groups, MT finds out more.The former squaddie and the only transport minister to have held an ...

  • Transdek CEO and Founder Mark Adams in front of a Queens Award winning Wedge trailer

    Transdek founder argues the case for fixed-deck double-deck trailers


    Transdek CEO and-founder Mark Adams in front of a Queens Award-winning Wedge trailerBased at its 35,000sq ft factory in Doncaster, Transdek is best known for its innovative ‘Wedge’ fixed double-deck trailers and rapid install, modular double deck lifts. Founder and CEO Mark Adams is on a mission to highlight the ...

  • Phil James

    Truck cartel claim reaches crucial point as CAT assesses competing class actions


    The claim for compensation against the big six European truck manufacturers for agreeing gross list prices for new vehicles over 7.5 tonnes sold between 1997 and 2011 has reached a crucial point, as the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) will decide early in 2019 which of the competing class actions it ...

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    Gas buses 'the most reliable on the fleet' for Reading Buses


    While gas trucks are still a rare sight on UK roads, buses operating in towns and cities have been running on natural gas for years.Reading Buses is a good example, so MT went to talk to John Bickerton, head of engineering and innovation at Reading Buses, to see what lessons ...

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    Brexit uncertainty puts a hold on Ryder rental fleet


    However hard or soft Brexit turns out to be in March 2019, the uncertainty the government’s handling of the process has created is already damaging the UK truck market.Commercial vehicle rental and contract hire firm Ryder manages almost 20,000 assets in the UK and in the first nine months of ...

  • Glyn Davies

    After 53 years in transport, Glyn Davies looks back on his life and times


    Glyn Davies won the 2016 MT Service to Industry AwardAfter 53 years in the road transport business, building up and selling three successful businesses, Glyn Davies has retired. Or has he? Steve Hobson hears his remarkable story.By any standards Glyn Davies has had a successful career in road transport. After ...