Transport News Brief – Monday 17 March 2008

Transport News Brief Week 12, Monday 17 March 2008 CV Show to break more records With less than a month to go, this year’s CV Show, from 15-17 April at Birmingham’s NEC is already set to be the biggest and best yet, according to the visitor pre-registration figures from show organiser, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. “We’ve well over 13,000 people registered online at,” said Tony Young, CV Show manager. “That’s well up on the comparative figure for last year and we’re confident that by the time the doors close on Thursday 17 April, we’ll have seen that number more than double.” The Show’s sales and marketing consultancy, Crystal Communications says it sold the last available area of exhibition space last week and it now has a waiting list of ‘hopefuls’. Outside exhibition space is full, too, with over 40 trucks on show. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or New spray suppression kit at the CV Show British firm Spraydown Limited will use stand 17-229 at the CV Show to launch its newly patented and type approved spray suppression kit. In tests at Britain’s Transport Research Laboratory, Spraydown’s new technology air-water separation flap cut drive-by obscuration by 43%, compared with existing systems. The firm says its system draws on leading edge vane design and technology, normally associated with high performance turbines in the aero engine and power generation industries. The system comprises a rigid panel, made up of a series of fixed, vertical, lightweight, extruded vanes. Each vane incorporates three shaped channels that form a progressive series of water trapping gullies. Spray water in the wing and mudguard cavity on a truck or trailer is drawn through the matrix of the Spraydown flap, where it is collected and drained down the gullies almost to surface level, before dropping freely back onto the road surface. More from Steve Nesbitt on +44 (0)1 786 445 255 or Last chance for glory There is still just time to enter this year’s Motor Transport Awards, but you need to have your entries in by 28 March. “If you’re proud of your achievements, you should enter,” says Andrew Brown, group projects editor. And If you want to go to the Awards, the biggest event of its type in the industry, it is on the evening of Wednesday 2 July in London. You’ll need to book for that now, too. “There is strong demand for tables.” You’ll find the entry details and table booking information at More from Sharon Webb on +44 (0)2 086 528 036 or Good-To-Go bodywork from Nissan Nissan says it will have a range of vans, pickups and bodied vehicles on its stand at the CV Show. These will include three converted Cabstars, a refrigerated and Crew Van Interstar, a Primastar and a Navara from the firm’s recently-launched Good-To-Go range. The firm says it will also re-introduce its ‘workhorse’ pickup model, re-named NP300 at the event. The vehicle has a 1.1 tonne payload and some models can tow a three tonne un-braked trailer. It comes with a choice of single, king or double cab and with either 4×2 or 4×4 driveline. The single cab version three people, has a 2.2m load bed. The double cab model seats five. More from Gloria Maydew on +44 (0)1 923 899 937 or Tyre management from Bridgestone Tyre giant Bridgestone will show its Total Fleet Tyre Management scheme on its stand at this year’s CV Show. The firm will also show its new generation truck tyre range, its fleet services and its on-line fleet management service. This offers tailored reports, delivered electronically to fleet managers. And just for fun, Bridgestone will have a race winning F1 car and a MotoGP motorbike on show too. More from Roger Moulding on +44 (0)1 926 488 534 or Oshkosh wins $321m US Army truck deal The Oshkosh Corporation says it just won a $321m deal to make 1,084 heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks, with production starting in July 2008. The trucks have a 13 ton payload and modifications to include a fully air-conditioned cab and the easier fitment of armour. More from Ann Stawski on +1 (0) 920.966.5959 or astawski@oshtruck.comSilent salesmen on show Rose of Colchester’s will use its stand, 9-848 at the CV Show to promote it’s range of transport related calendars. “We’ve been successfully supplying the haulage and associated industries with cost-effective advertising for the last 100 years,” said Gerry Brooke-Bennett. “We’ve an unrivalled choice of transport related titles, from beautifully detailed paintings of vintage vehicles to pictures of modern high performance cars, all able to work as a ‘silent salesman’ in your customer’s offices all year long.” The firm says many of these will be on show on its stand and says its calendars are totally recyclable, with no batteries, no plugs and no risk of data loss. More from Gerry Brooke-Bennett on +44 (0)1 206 844 500 or World debut for new sweeper model Scarab, which says it is the world’s largest independent maker of heavy-duty road sweepers, will use its stand 18-102 at the CV Show for the world launch of the latest version of the compact Scarab Minor sweeper. The firm will also show the environmentally friendly single engine Merlin and Magnum range and its traditional dual-engined Mistral truck-mounted sweepers. “We expect lots of interest with the launch of new models at the CV Show,” said Vic Beckwith, business development manager. “We’ll have the latest sweeping technology on show, supported by our renowned hospitality.” More from Vic Beckwith on +44 (0)1 622 831 006 or New products from Masternaut Three X Masternaut Three X says its new, Thatcham Category 5 anti-theft kit gets operators insurance discounts for its ablity to help in the quick retrieval of any stolen vehicle. The firm, which also says it is Europe’s main provider of web-based, real-time vehicle tracking and management systems will launch this and several other new products at next month’s CV Show. These include Mastercold, a live vehicle tracking and real-time temperature monitoring system, VisuLive®, a real-time performance management system and the fully mobile PDA-based version of Masternaut vehicle tracking called Rapide. Finally, the firm’s GreenerFleet system gets engine management data too. Iestyn Armstrong-Smith on +44 (0)1 352 720 749 or Kögel’s record turnover Kögel Fahrzeugwerke GmbH, the German trailer maker says its turnover is up by 67% after its most successful financial year. Trailer production grew from 12,000 units in 2006 to 20,000 units in 2007, with turnover hitting a record €462m, up from €280m the year before. The firm also created 450 more jobs, taking its headcount to an average of 1352 people working in its factories in Burtenbach, Bavaria and Chocen in the Czech Republic. “2007 has far exceeded our expectations,” said Alexander Tietje, chairman of the Kögel board of management. Despite a near 70% production hike, the firm ‘could scarcely meet’ the demand for its products. “This year we shall increase our production by around 60% to 32,000 units.” By 2012, Kögel says it will produce 60,000 vehicles a year. More from Andreas Lubitz on +49 (0)828 588 312 or New double deckers for Dechra Dechra Pharmaceuticals just got two Euro 5 Mercedes Actros 2543 fitted with the Hatcher aerodynamic aids to work with double-deck trailers. These take tractor units’ height to 4.6m. “They are ideal for pulling double deck trailers, said Simon Hackney of National Veterinary Services, the Stoke on Trent based parent firm. “Both are plated at 44 tonnes and run on the newly-introduced Reduced Pollution Certificate, saving £700 a year each on road tax.” Hackney reckons the Hatcher deflector kits will save the operator even more money in lower fuel costs. Dechra will run its new trucks across the UK. Enza Motors of Stoke on Trent did the business. More from Simon Hackney on +44 (0)1 782 771 100 or Citroën goes nuclear The Sellafield nuclear power station just got its first Citroën Relay Ready to Run Luton van, specified to work as an on-site laundry van. It has a full, hygienically washable interior and DEL 500kg tail lift with auto-erect safety gates. Buckstone Motor Bodies, which did the bodywork says that the advantage of its Citroën Ready to Run Luton vans is that they can be tailored for specialist use yet keep all the benefits of the standard product, such as the full warranty terms. More from Peter Dugdale on +44 (0)1706 842551 or Fuel cards compared at CV Show Fuel Supermarket Limited, on stand 11-200 at the CV Show, says it will use the event to launch a newest free one-stop fuelcard comparison service, Users enter brief details about their fuel use and get a recommendation giving ‘best’ and ‘second best’ fuelcards for their needs from the range available. They also get information about features, benefits and charges and an instant on-line application. More from Colin Appleby on +44 (0)1 483 546 915 or Seko in Mexico Supply chain specialist Seko says it just opened new facilities in Mexico to give freight forwarding services throughout Mexico, the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. The main office in Mexico City has a 50,000 ft2 warehouse near Mexico City’s international airport, with operations in Manzanillo, Veracruz, Nuevo Laredo, as well as an office in Laredo, Texas. More from Brian Bourke on +1 (0)630.919.4934 or brian.bourke@sekoworldwide.comExport success for Kögel The German trailer maker says it is now the second largest importer in many European markets and plays a leading role in Russia. Sales director Andreas Berndmeyer says the recent deal with Finnish bodybuilder Ekeri has given better access to Scandinavian markets and expects ‘significant growth’ in the next few years as a result. The deal complements its Danish operation, started in 2006. Elsewhere, Kögel is setting up a new factory near Stettin in north Poland. This will have a 5,000 unit capacity while investment in its main factory in Burtenbach, will hike production there by a further 25%. More from Andreas Lubitz on +49 (0)828 588 312 or Vredestein joins Tyresafe TyreSafe says Dutch tyre maker Vredestein has joined its growing ranks. There are now 19 firms supporting the tyre industry safety body. TyreSafe is an active supporter of the Department for Transport’s ‘Act On CO2‘ scheme, which aims to give help and advice to cut road transport’s carbon emissions. More from Chris Wakley on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or Cfc announces CV Show seminar schedule Software firm Cfc solutions says it will run eight 30 minute seminars a day in a special 12 seater room on its stand 18-140 at next month’s CV Show. The subjects covered include corporate manslaughter, risk management, fleet management basics, fleet management software, driver training for light commercial vehicles and cars and, finally, maintenance budget forecasting and management. The firm says the seminars tackle key issues for fleet operators and aim to give a relatively brief yet informative overview of each topic in around 30 minutes. Visitors to the CV Show can either register for the seminars in advance by e-mailing or turn up on the day to see what places are available. More from Simon Wells on +44 (0)1 283 711 311or Multifuel goes to Oz GSPK Multifuel Technology, which says it is one of the UK’s leading dual fuel specialists, has appointed ClearSky Solutions of Australia to develop its diesel and liquid petroleum gas business in the area. Based in Sydney, the firm plans to cover every main haulage centre on the continent. The GSPK system aims to cut fuel costs by around 15% and cut C02 emissions by up to 9%, using LPG to replace a small amount of diesel. More from Dianne Murray on +44 (0)1 423 865 641 or di@gspk.com13 years support guaranteed for Mercedes Sprinter Mercedes Benz says the Sprinter 313CDI Long wheelbase Factory Dropside on its stand at the CV Show has a three-year unlimited mileage warranty covering the body and chassis. In addition the firm also committed to carry service and body parts for a further 10-years. “That’s a 13-year guarantee to supply support for your vehicle.” Other vans on the stand are a Vito 109CDI Compact Van, a Vito 111CDI Extra-long Van capable of carrying 8×4 sheets of ply and plaster board, either on their edges or lying flat. Also on display are a Vito 115CDI Sport Van. and a Vito 120CDI Sport-X Dualiner, a Sprinter 311CDI Medium Van, a Sprinter 313CDI Long Van. More from Simon Wood on +44(0)1 908 245 846 or Express Logistics Group gets CargoWise Cargo Wise says that the Express Logistics Group, based in Auckland New Zealand, is to use CargoWise’s ediEnterprise software solution across its five offices in New Zealand. This will complement the existing installation of ediEnterprise in the five Express Logistics Group offices in Australia. The firm says the move will ‘vastly increase’ visibility of shipments across its clients’ supply chain. More from Jim Martin on +1 (0)847 570 9100 or jim@jdmandassociates.comNew Euro 5 trucks from Mercedes Mercedes-Benz UK says it will have seven new vans and five new trucks on its stand 8-411 at the CV Show next month. The new Actros will make its CV Show debut on the stand. Other vehicles are an Atego 816 chassis cab, an Axor 1824 sleeper chassis cab, an Econic 2629 6×4 chassis crew cab and an Axor tractor 2543LS. All these meet Euro 5 emissions and have clutchless automated transmissions. More from Ian Norwell on +44 (0)1 908 245 949 or 400 not out for Fowler Welch and Tiss Fowler Welch has fitted its latest batch of Trucks with Tiss “Impregnable” anti-siphons. The firm has now sold more than 400 systems to Fowler-Welch. “Having fitted Tiss anti-siphons for three years, we are very happy with their performance and now specify them on all new trucks,” said Andy Marchant, national fleet manager. “The ‘Impregnable’ also cuts fuel costs by stopping spillage and wasted fuel from drivers over-filling. No other anti-siphon offers all these benefits”. Tiss will show its award winning anti-siphons on stand 6-121at this year’s CV Show. More from Matthew Rose on +44 (0) 1253 400 401 or matthew.rose@tissltd.comUsed vans and trucks from Mercedes at CV Show Mercedes says it will show three used trucks and two used vans as part of its used commercial vehicles display on stand 8-411 at the CV Show. The trucks are an Axor 2543 high roof tractor, with Jost sliding fifth wheel, an Actros 2546 Megaspace, with factory-fitted aero aids and a Jost sliding fifth wheel, an Actros 2546 Megaspace, driver training truck with a six seat factory cab. The vans are a long wheelbase Vito Traveliner TL8 and a long wheelbase Sprinter 315CDI. The firm says demand for good used vans and trucks is brisk and expects to do very good business at the show. More from Simon Wood on +44(0)1 908 245 846 or Temperature control from Krone On its stand 6-320 at the CV Show next month, Krone says it will feature it Cool Liner Duoplex GFK. The firm says this gives the best combination of insulation control and bodywork stability for temperature controlled transport. Krone will also show its solid, reliable, and meticulously designed standard curtainsider Profi Liner, with integral load securing equipment. The firm says it is Europe’s second biggest trailer maker, with a wide range of flatbed and box semi-trailers, skeletals, swap systems and bodywork. More from Sam Jennings on +44 (0)1 469 571 626 or News Brief hits 50,000 mark Independent figures just confirmed that this issue of Transport News Brief, the SMMT’s electronic weekly news letter will go to 51,500 people “That’s the highest circulation since we started the news service for the commercial vehicle and road transport industry six years ago,” said Robin Dickeson, editor. “We offer a place on the circulation list to people who register for the CV Show, meaning our readers are clearly close to the business and for some time Transport News Brief has been one of the the most widely read news sources of its type in the UK.” Industry observers suggest that a pass-on ratio of three to one means there may be as many as 150,00O readers for the free service, which has a enviable record in gettingnew leads and business for firms whose stories are featured, free of charge. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or And finally New Scientist’s Feedback column reports that a notice in the garage where reader Dennis Millar gets his car serviced reads, apropos of nothing in particular: “Ladders must be used at all times.” More from Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)