Transport News Brief – Monday 21 January 2007

Ford plans CV Showcase Ford of Britain says it plans to continue to showcase its ever-increasing range of commercial vehicles at the CV Show 2008. With more floor space than last year, the firm promises that visitors will see recent news turn into real products on the stand, number 10-330 with a 4.6 tonne Transit, One Stop Shop vehicles, Ranger special editions and much more. More from Ford on +44 (0)8 457 111 888 or Big Finkbeiner lifts on Maywood’s stand at the CV Show Maywood, which recently said it had booked stand nr 8-410 at this Spring’s CV Show, says it will have two Finkbeiner lifts fully working on its stand. The first is an electro-hydraulic mobile column lift with a capacity range from 10 to 28 tonnes and is suitable for outside use. The second is a platform lift has capacities up to 50 tonnes and platform lengths from 6.5 to 18 metres. “This lift offers complete access to the vehicle from all sides,” says Mick Norman, commercial sales manager, who will manage the CV Show stand for the firm. More from Mick Norman on +44 (0)7 884 310 928 or [email protected] CV Show visitor registrations climb 100% in a week With on-line registration for this spring’s CV Show open less than two weeks, the number of people going to to book Fast Track entry tickets has already surprised the organisers. “Registrations accelerated quickly as the system went live on January 7 and are now running at well over a thousand a week.” said Claire Balch, CV Show coordinator. People who register on-line will get an advance copy of the CV Show guide with their Fast-track ticket, three weeks before the Show opens. “This will help you beat queues at the doors and get you a £2 discount on the special Early Bird breakfast. Booking tickets early will help you make the most of your visit to Britain’s only national transport and logistics Show.” More from Claire Balch on +44 (0)2 073 441 636 or [email protected] Tougher emissions laws bring bonus to Corus Corus Engineering Steels, the specialist steel division of Corus thinks it is well placed to help engine and fuel system makers cope with the consequences of increasingly tough emissions regulations. “Meeting those targets will demand even greater precision from manufacturers – for instance very high pressure fuel injection will have a big role and that in turn will demand the very precise machining of very high grade steel,” said Martin Boomer, technical director. The firm is confident that its unique ability to produce special steels will help manufacturers cope with the pressures of 3,200 bar that already feature in its discussions with fuel system makers. Corus already produces aerospace grade steel and Boomer used this as an example of the sort of very specific, high performance material that he believes will be needed and that the company is uniquely well placed to deliver. More from Marco Ferrari on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or [email protected] Katco look forward to 2008 Katco Parts says it has come a long way since its launch at last year’s CV Show. The firm has increased its range of wheel and tyre assemblies to include most major UK trailer makers. With its access to low cost suppliers, Katco has a highly competitive range of landing legs, gearboxes and small trailer axles. “Interest has been so positive that Katco now offer a special projects service enabling us to tackle bespoke development contracts supported by long term product delivery management” says Sean Downey, sales director. “We use all our abilities in low cost sourcing, supported by local English speaking engineers, which is just what our customers want.” More from Sean Downey on +44 (0)1 243 673 742 or [email protected] New Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner unveiled PSA Peugeot Citroën just unveiled its new Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans at its Vigo plant in Spain, where the two vehicles are produced. The firm says the new models are completely revised versions of the original vehicles. They build on earlier strengths, with more comfort, space and equipment levels to match the latest mid-range family cars. Features include dual zone air-conditioning, automatic headlight activation and rain-activated windscreen wipers. ABS and front airbags are standard equipment, with side curtain airbags, ESP and cruise control as options. The new Berlingo and Partner are also the first in their class to offer a tyre-pressure monitoring system. More from Nicholas Lee on +44 (0)2 078 688 067 or [email protected] Optare for Dudley welfare fleet Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is taking the first of 19 Optare buses that will be the backbone of its welfare transport fleet. The vehicles are four ‘accessible’ Solo midibuses and 15 Alero minibuses, which Optare says represent the latest developments in welfare bus design, layout and environmental standards. Dudley Council will use them for transport to day centres and care homes throughout the Borough. All 19 have low loading heights, with wheelchair access and floor mounted tracking to secure wheelchairs and their passengers and to give best opportunity to meet the needs of passengers with varying degrees of mobility. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or [email protected] to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Youngest ever van range from PSA PSA Peugeot Citroën says it now has the youngest, most extensive van range ever offered by a European auto maker, with the two brand ranges renewed and expanded in less than two years. Each will offer five van families this year: The Citroën Nemo and Peugeot Bipper urban vans; the original Citroën Berlingo First and Peugeot Partner Origin small vans; the new Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner small vans; the Citroën Dispatch and Peugeot Expert compact vans and the Citroën Relay and Peugeot Boxer panel vans. More from Nicholas Lee on +44 (0)2 078 688 067 or [email protected] First European truck sat nav from Siemens Siemens plans to launch what it believes is Europe’s first truck-specific sat nav system at the CV show in the spring. The device allows the driver to key in a vehicle’s height and weight so that it can then guide the truck away from bridges that are not high enough for it and away from those with weight limits that are too low. It will also show useful information along the route like high speed diesel pumps, truck stops and secure parking areas. The firm that is now owned by Continental says its routing data already covers most of Europe and will grow to cover all the UK and EU mainland soon. More from Lisa McCauley on +44 (0)1 213 261 162 or [email protected] Quietly cool Carrier Transicold says its new Vector XLN truck or trailer-mounted refrigeration unit works below 60 dBA. It also offers a radio-based display, so that the driver can check load temperatures in individual compartments. This uses a traffic light style approach to show that the temperatures are within pre-set limits. Separately, the system can also send temperature control data to a base station, so that a haulier can prove that consignment temperatures have stayed within limits set by the customer. The firm plans to show the Vector on its stand, 6-330 at the CV Show this spring. More from David Nash on +44 (0)1 614 567 870 or [email protected] Independent telematics supplement at CV Show Robin Meczes, editor of the Telematics supplement that is due for publication in the UK edition of he Independent on Tuesday 8 April, says it is now scheduled for distribution at The CV Show the following week, in the same way as last year. “This is very good news as there is clear hunger for information on telematics. For instance, the introduction of corporate manslaughter law on 1 April is obviously making more people think more about the way they manage their fleets.” He hopes the wide-ranging overview will help van, truck, coach and bus operators increase efficiency and avoid the pitfalls created by increasingly powerful legal sanctions. “You’ll find more information about it at” More from Robin Meczes on +44 (0)7 813 096 688 or [email protected] Telematic fleet management for new PSA vans PSA Peugeot Citroën says its new Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans will get a remote fleet management system in some. This uses telematics to give fleet managers data to periodically check mileage, scheduled service dates and average fuel consumption, whilst safety critical information such as brake pad wear and oil levels are reported by e-mail in real time. The firm says this will help fleet managers cut paperwork and better manage costs. More from Nicholas Lee on +44 (0)2 078 688 067 or [email protected] New rules on animal welfare and transport may bite Coventry-based training outfit Lantra Awards says that drivers and people involved in animal transport need a ‘certificate of competence’ to legally carry animals by road, from 5 January 2008. A new EU law affects “all businesses that transport cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry by road, in connection with an economic activity on journeys over 65 km.” Lantra has developed a training programme and has the authority to award certificates of competence for people who meet the standard for the EC Regulation, Welfare of Animals During Transport 1/2005. The firm worries that too few operators realise the implications and are not ready. “They may face a £5,000 fine.” More from Jo Bartlett on +44 (0)1 214 549 707 or [email protected] New pit cover to launch at CV Show Everquip Garage Equipment Ltd, which makes and fits prefabricated steel inspection pits throughout the UK, Ireland and The Netherlands says it will launch what it says is a new and innovative pit covering system on its stand 18-201 at the CV Show. Easy to fit, cost effective and durable, the new system is available as a retro-fit item to existing pits. The system will be on public show for the first time on Everquip’s stand at the CV show from 15 to 17 April. The firm will also show a full size inspection pit and the rest of its range of accessory products, including pit bridges and jacks. More from John Branton on +44(0)1 430 449 480 or [email protected] Filtration Control targets truck market With some 90% of the UK’s bus operators among its customers, Filtration Control’s James Hudson says the firm is now setting its sights on the much bigger market among truck operators. “We offer a one-stop-shop approach, with free delivery and no minimum order quantities.” Hudson says the firm is well-know among bus operators for its reliable ability to supply almost any type of oil or fuel filter. He is confident the company will quickly win customers amongst truck operators and will have stand 19-318 at the forthcoming CV Show to meet more potential customers. More from James Hudson on +44 (0)1 604 707 750 or [email protected] Fiat Scudo vans for Darlington Darlington Borough Council just got 17 Fiat Scudo vans. Powered by 1.6 litre diesels, the Fiat Scudo 90 Multijets have internal racking and storage systems fitted for use by the Council’s building services team which include joiners, plumbers and electricians. North East Truck & Van, which says it is the country’s largest independent commercial vehicle distributor, won the deal on the back of a two-day road test and through the Office of Government Commerce motor vehicle purchase framework agreement. The new vans will do some 12,000 miles a year, with maintenance done by the Council’s team of fleet engineers. More from Mike Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 134 or [email protected] European launch for new reflective marking tape Reflexite will launch its new marking tape, Reflexite VC104+ on its stand 18-240 at the CV Show on 15 April. The new tape is approved to ECE104. The firm says research by the US Department of Transport shows that vehicles fitted with retro-reflective tape have 41% fewer night-time accidents. “This means better safety, less risk of cargo damage and less time off the road for repairs.” The firm says that in 2009 a new law across Europe will mean ‘conspicuity tape’ on all new and in-service heavy vehicles from 7.5 tonne rigids and 3.5 tonne trailers. Relfexite believes too few people know about the new law and staff on its stand at the CV Show will be happy to give practical advice. More from Richard Coates on +44 (0)7 841 234 098 or [email protected] World first for retrofit hybrid Connaught Engineering says its retrofit hybrid system for vans is “the only commercially viable diesel hybrid system in the world” and should break-even after 75,000 miles. The firm will launch the system on its stand 12-458 at the CV Show, fitted to a 2.4m wheelbase rear wheel drive Ford Transit van. A version for a 2.2m wheelbase Transit will be available later in the summer. “Over 100,000 miles, each vehicle will save 10 tonnes of CO2,” says Tony Martindale, chief executive, who expects home delivery operators to figure highly amongst customers for the system. “It is architecturally independent, takes about four hours to fit and involves no changes to the vehicle.” Martindale says the commercial vehicle system is a spin-off from one developed for use on cars. “This means we know that the system works reliably.” More from Chris Wakeley on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or [email protected] Movano Lutons coming soon. Vauxhall says it will launch a range of Luton-bodied Movano light trucks on its stand 10-300 at the CV Show. These will be ‘core conversions’ available as complete vehicles, ready to drive away and start working from a dealer’s forecourt. Bodywork will be by Alubody of Zeebrugge. The firm plans to release more details a little nearer the show, but confidently expects that the new vehicles will prove popular for their ability to take even more of the hassle out of vehicle acquisition. Because they will be ‘core conversions,’ they will qualify for Vauxhall’s full warranty and the firm will also handle the otherwise complex issue of whole vehicle type approval, as soon as it is available, probably sometime in 2009. More from Craig Cheetham on +44 (0)1 582 427 612 or [email protected] Cummins heading for record results With an annual engine production rate up over 35% to 79,000 at the end of 2007, Cummins’ UK plant at Darlington is already in record breaking territory, building 360 engines a day. The factory now supplies 226 customers in 40 counties around the world, with less than 60% of its output going for automotive use, “This is a consequence of widening our customer base,” said Tim Millward, plant director. “Our results have been pretty fantastic over the last three years; between 2004 and 2006, Cummins made more profits than in previous 80 years put together.” The business has doubled recently and heavy duty truck engines are now less than 20% of its turnover. Millward says this is significant as the world has always seen the firm’s fortunes as directly linked to heavy duty truck sales. “Last year the US Class Eight market was down 47% but Cummins’ results were better than ever; breaking that apparent link, an important step for us.” He expects the firm’s latest financial results, due on 1 February, will break more records. More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or [email protected]

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