In May last year, DAF Trucks Russia opened its own marketing and sales office in Moscow with the main objective to enlarge its presence on the Russian market.
With the expansion of the DAF Trucks Russia network to thirteen Sales & Service Dealers, the start of a PACCAR Parts Distribution centre and the delivery of more than 3,000 trucks since May 2011, DAF Trucks Russia has made a successful start .
With the fast growing Russian truck market, the interest in West-European trucks is also strongly increasing. The expectation is that by 2015 more than 36,000 will be registered in the heavy truck segment compared with 26,000 in 2011.
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With more than 1,500 trucks delivered, DAF has achieved a market share of 6.9% in 2011 among the European brands, Arie Hendrikx, Managing Director DAF Trucks Russia, told Tachoblog.
This year we are aiming for a 10% market share which corresponds to about 2,700 trucks.
DAF Trucks supplies the Russian market with the XF105 Space Cab for long-haul transport:
In Russia the XF is known as the truck that combines low fuel consumption with high driver comfort, efficiency and reliability, says Hendrikx. To build on our market position, we are currently investigating the possibility of also introducing the DAF LF and CF.
At the beginning of 2011, the dealer network consisted of DAF Trucks Sales & Service Dealers in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and DAF Service dealers in Ekaterinburg and Smolensk.
During the last twelve months DAF has established eleven new Sales & Service Dealers on the Russian market with the long-term aim of having more than twenty full dealerships at its disposal.
We continuously work on expanding our network to provide our customers in the best service possible. We now have new DAF dealers in Moscow, South-Russia, the Urals and the Volga region in the centre of the country. Later this year we expect to add new dealer locations in East-Russia, South-Russia and Siberia to the network.
To provide in maximum service, PACCAR Parts has established its own parts distribution centre (PDC) near Moscow. Hendrikx, A customer requires maximum utilization of his trucks. The optimal availability of DAF parts in combination with short delivery times play an essential role here.
Sherwood Truck & Van has delivered a pair of factory red Iveco Stralis Active Space Super³ tractor units to Stoke-on-Trent-based Shirley’s Transport. The delivery marks the first Stralis’ to join the tanker specialist’s current fleet of 65 trucks and 110 trailers. Both new 6×2 twin steer tractors have been specified with PTO-driven pumping gear and will operate up to six days a week, transporting oils and fats nationwide. Neil Bourne, General Manager at Shirley’s Transport, says: “We were in the market to replace a couple of tractors and the Stralis stood out for its competitive whole life costs. Factory lead times were reasonable and the specification of the top-of-the-range Active Space model was the perfect match for our requirements and provided much better value for money than our normal choice of tractor. “We will be monitoring the performance of both the Stralis’ and Sherwood Truck & Van over the coming months,” adds Bourne. “Our mixed fleet means we can draw direct comparisons against a number of different marques and dealers.” The two 44 tonners (AS440S45TX/P) replace older vehicles and are expected to remain on the fleet until 2018, covering approximately 120,000 km a year. They feature FPT Industrial 10.3 litre Cursor 10 engines which produce up to 450 hp between 1,550 and 2,100 rev/min and up to 2,100 Nm of torque between 1,050 and 1,550 rev/min. The specification also includes Iveco’s automated EuroTronic transmission, continuing the trend Iveco started with the launch of the original Stralis in 2002, when it became the first heavy truck to be fitted with an automated gearbox as standard. Share on Facebook
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From 1935, when driving tests were first introduced, to the outbreak of World War Two in 1939, every driver of a goods vehicle over three tons unladen weight had to have a vocational licence. To hold one of these, you had to pass a special driving test. Yet from the end of the war until the late 1960s, anyone over the age of 21 who held an ordinary driving licence was allowed to drive a heavy goods vehicle (HGV). The 1960s saw an increase in road haulage and vehicle sizes, and an accompanying decrease in standards of safety and vehicle maintenance. This prompted the reintroduction of HGV driver testing, with much more stringent standards than the original pre-war test. In September 2008 Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) was introduced for bus and coach drivers. Driver CPC for lorry drivers was introduced in September 2009. Sourse: http://www.dft.gov.uk
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A British company involved among other things in International distribution, logistics, and heavy haulage, wants to bring “superlorry” to the British roads. The “supervehicle” is not only heavier but also 30ft (nearly 9m) longer than a normal lorry. The company wants to launch it for lightweight goods such as cereals and aluminium cans because conventional lorries run out of space before they run out of weight. The vehicle is 25.25m (83ft) long. In comparison, a normal articulated lorry is 16.5m (54ft) long. The company argues that the lorry could take more lightweight goods to replace three existing trucks and still meet the UK weight limit of 44 tonnes. It would reduce to amount of accidents and CO2 emissions. The vehicle has been modified, especially in the lorry’s middle set of wheels, so it has the same turning circle as a conventional articulated lorry. The company faces however legal issues. While its lawyers argue the lorry complies with all the current regulations, the government disagrees. The problem lies around the interpretation of “towing implement”‘ in the regulations. The Department for Transport argues this refers to recovering a vehicle after an accident or breakdown. The company assures that if the superlorry turns out as illegal, it will pull it off the roads. The objectors to the longer vehicle argue that despite the tight turning circle, bigger lorries are simply not suited to Britain’s roads, and would take freight away from rail. Stephen Joseph, from the Campaign for Better Transport, asks “The question about these mega-trucks is where do you stop? So we get 25m lorries that can carry 44 tonnes, then they’ll carry 60 tonnes, do we then end up with 50m lorries carrying 100 tonnes – where does this stop? Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk
Hybrid trucks, with both diesel engines and electric motors, and even electric trucks are possible solutions for urban distribution in satisfying the increasingly tougher environmental demands imposed by not only governments but companies as well. This is the conclusion of a panel of experts, which met recently in Brussels at the Goodyear Dunlop Symposium on Fuel Efficiency in Transport. The panel looked at how ‘Coping with the rising demands of end-customers to be more green’ was influencing the sector and what its key benefits would be. Around 70 transport and government representatives attended the panel discussion and interacted with the panelists: Nina Renshaw, Deputy Director at Transport and Environment, a leading environmental organization campaigning on sustainable transport at the EU level, Stefan Larsson, Director Regulatory Projects at the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association and Collin Bootsveld, Project Engineer at the Colruyt Group. During the debate, Nina Renshaw of Transport and Environment, stressed the importance of the 2020 and 2050 EU green targets. She focused on the need for better information for hauliers on fuel saving vehicles and equipment, such as energy saving tyres and aerodynamic devices. She further called for EU labelling for vehicles and components, to give hauliers clear information on fuel consumption and emissions. Stefan Larsson, representing the interests of the European automotive industry, stressed the fact that much effort and many improvements have been made by both original equipment manufacturers and transport fleets in reducing environmental impact. To reach the 2020 targets will be hard, he said, and to reach the 2050 targets impossible unless an integrated approach is applied. He stressed the importance of using cost-effective measures to improve fuel efficiency but pointed out that the Goodyear Dunlop report shows that if big investments are needed some fleets might risk going bankrupt. Collin Bootsveld, Project Engineer for the Colruyt Group, which includes one of Belgium’s leading supermarket chains, explained how much work Colruyt was doing in reducing the environmental impact of its business with regard to goods deliveries, and how much success had been achieved. The group introduced compressed natural gas (CNG) as a fuel in Belgium and is now testing the first 44 tonne CNG truck in its operations. The first results show good economic results, although torque and power are lower than for a diesel. In addition to this, more than 650,000 euros have been invested into the development of the group’s own prototype hybrid truck, which has a diesel engine for highway use and an electric motor for almost silent operation in towns at night. The hybrid truck is equipped with newly developed tires from Goodyear that offer low rolling resistance, for fuel and power economy, as well as low noise emissions. Night time deliveries mean reduced road congestion and quicker journey times, both factors that have environmental benefits and Colruyt is lobbying to support this. Future concepts such as parallel hybrids, full-electric and hydrogen power are also being studied. “Overall it is clear that the various actors in this debate are agreeing on the same goals, driven by the same ambitions,” states Michel Rzonzef, Vice President Commercial Business Unit, Goodyear Dunlop Europe. “The challenge will be to find ways in which the road transport sector can continue to contribute to a positive way forward. The introduction of the hybrid truck as a standard on our roads, supported by some of today’s most advanced tire technologies, is one such solution, and can play a key role in enabling the industry to meet these goals.”
With its Blue Efficiency Power range, Mercedes-Benz is now introducing a completely redesigned engine series for light and heavy-duty trucks, as well as for buses and coaches. The medium-duty engines of the OM 93x series, with four and six cylinders and a displacement of either 5.1 or 7.7 litres, span the output range from 115 kW (156 hp) to 260 kW (354 hp). Their outstanding properties serve to underline Mercedes-Benz’s expertise in the field of diesel engines. The new engines set a new benchmark in their class. They are uncompromisingly designed with environmental compatibility, economic efficiency and performance in mind. This is also the first commercial vehicle engine series in which every engine meets the Euro VI emissions standard right from the outset. Daimler Trucks is thus once again leading the way when it comes to environmental issues Exceptional economic efficiency, in the case of the new engines, means longevity of service life, low consumption of fuel, AdBlue and engine oil, plus long maintenance intervals. Powerful means that the new OM 93x engines offer a pleasing immediacy of response, together with impressive power delivery. Such characteristics are the result of some sophisticated engine technology.
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Welcome to the 15 March issue of Warehouse Logistics News. We are proud to be Media Partners to Logistics@Foodex, the logistics section of Foodex, the UK show for food processing, packaging and logistics which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from Sunday 25th to Tuesday 27 March. If you’re going, come and see us on stand number M271. Inside this issue you will find a bound-in Logistics@Foodex Preview Supplement, which we have produced for the show, looking at the products and services on offer to help improve operating efficiency and cut costs in the supply chain. In this issue we also have scheduled features on Doors Curtains, which includes industrial doors, curtains and roller-shutters, and Buildings/Facilities, covering main structures and key equipment including temporary structures. Coinciding with the logistics@foodex show and its emphasis on the supply chain side of the food and drink industry, we have an exclusive interview with Dr Robert Perryman of Distribution Hygiene Services, who provide specialist cleaning for retail warehouses and distribution centres. In the grocery sector their impressive client list includes Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Booker, Iceland and Musgrave Group, the major refrigeration companies, and in food logistics, leading 3PLs like NFT and Wincanton. Also in this issue we have the latest episode of our History of The Fork Lift Truck, which has now reached 1977, the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and for music fans the year punk rock exploded. Readers going to Foodex will be interested to know it was also the year of the first ever Mechanical Handling Exhibition, which took place at the then brand new NEC. This is the last episode of the History for the time being, as our author James Brindley is now taking a break to complete his book about this subject, which has been his lifelong passion. On behalf of everyone who has been following the series, we’d like to thank James for his superb efforts over the past few years bringing us the history of the fork lift truck, and we look forward to bringing you details of his book in due course. In the meantime James also runs the National Fork Truck Heritage Centre, Britain’s first such collection open to the public, so if you’re in the business and can support him in any way, please get in touch with him. Happy reading, and we look forward to seeing you at the NEC. Warehouse Logistics News Article source: http://www.warehousenews.co.uk/2012/03/logistics-in-pole-position-at-foodex/
Logistics in pole position at Foodex
The single most important factor in increasing the productivity of a forklift truck is ‘driveability’. This principle – proved by over two decades of independent research – has driven product development at Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks for many years. And it’s the driving philosophy behind EDIA EM – the company’s latest 3 and 4 wheel, 48 volt, 1.3 to 2.0 tonne electric counterbalance series. In developing EDIA EM – the ‘Electric Diamond’ – Mitsubishi designers have aimed to make its operation highly intuitive and give the driver a strong sense of confidence and control. Driver-friendly features include FeatherTouch electric steering, which requires only half the effort of a conventional system and provides ‘force feedback’ to aid precision. Comfort is enhanced by the remarkably smooth, quiet steer motor. In fact, the average noise level for the truck as a whole, in a standard industry test, is less than 66 dB(A) for the 3 wheel and 67 dB(A) for the 4 wheel. That’s about the level of normal conversation. Mitsubishi uses the term ‘ErgoCentric’ for its approach to meeting drivers’ needs. This is reflected in, for example, a particularly large, flat and uncluttered floor space and clear all-round visibility, as well as the conveniently deep, wide step and exceptionally large ‘entry window’. The company points to its attention to detail in the design and positioning of each control, such as the hydraulic levers which are said to bring a feeling of precise movement. Buyers can also opt for a fingertip hydraulic control unit, based on the company’s award-winning adjustable armrest concept. In some ways EDIA actually ‘thinks’ for the driver. Having pioneered hydraulic and travel interlock technology in its Integrated Presence System (IPS), Mitsubishi is equipping EDIA with the upgraded IPS2. This prevents all movement if the driver is not seated and gives seat belt and parking brake reminders. For extra security, IPS2 automatically applies an electronic parking brake when the driver leaves the seat. And when the truck is being driven, a hill hold feature prevents accidental rolling – even on steep ramps. The new Controlled Cornering System (CCS) optimises travel speed for each turning angle. EDIA is also fully programmable, allowing performance parameters to be adjusted precisely to meet the needs of each operator and task. Importantly, a range of simple settings can easily be selected by the driver via the new, multi-function, colour display unit. For forklift managers, the most attractive qualities of EDIA will include its low maintenance needs and high energy efficiency. Mitsubishi is also keen to promote its new lateral battery exchange option, which makes the process quicker and safer than ever. With lifting capacities from 1.3 to 2.0 tonnes, market-leading residual capacities, a variety of battery sizes, and compatibility with customers’ existing DIN and BS batteries, there is a model to suit every application and budget. Wet, dirty or salty workplaces are no problem, thanks to wet disc brakes. Designed for outdoor as well as indoor use, EDIA meets the industry’s IPX4 waterproofing standard – resistant not only to wind-blown rain but to water splashing from all directions. Meanwhile, all-weather protection for the driver can be added by fitting VersaCab panel cabins, which feature the company’s award-winning hi-vis roof. Much more information on EDIA EM can be found on the interactive microsite: www.edia-mitsubishi.com Article source: http://www.warehousenews.co.uk/2012/03/just-drive-new-mitsubishi-electrics-put-the-focus-on-driveability/
US President Barack Obama visited the production plant of Daimler’s commercial vehicle subsidiary Daimler Trucks North America in Mount Holly, North Carolina yesterday. He addressed the economic challenges facing the USA before a select audience and informed himself about Daimler Trucks North America’s vehicle portfolio. The Mount Holly plant is part of Daimler Trucks North America’s network of commercial vehicle manufacturing facilities and produces the medium-duty Freightliner M2. Now click below for more on President Barack Obama’s visit to Daimler Trucks North America… Daimler Trucks North Americaalso produces the M2 112 and 114SD natural gas-driven medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and the M2 106 Hybrid model at the Mount Holly plant. In February 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified Daimler Trucks North America’s entire vehicle portfolio of long-distance haulage trucks, medium-duty trucks, and construction and municipal vehicles for compliance with the new ”Greenhouse Gas 2014 Standard“ (GHG14). Thus, Daimler Trucks North America has already achieved compliance with the new regulation of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aimed at reducing green house gas emissions of heavy- and medium-duty trucks, which officially enters into force from model year 2013. Daimler has the self-appointed goal of becoming a trailblazer in environmentally-conscious, resource-enhancing and sustainable transport solutions throughout the NAFTA region. “Daimler Trucks North America has long been committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving fuel efficiency through the development of clean drive systems and alternative fuel technologies,“ Martin Daum, President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, told Tachoblog “Through strategic partnerships with the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, Daimler Trucks North America is committed to developing clean, fuel-efficient, and environmentally sustainable solutions for the North American market.“ To meet the growing customer demand for Daimler Trucks North America trucks equipped with conventional and alternative drive technologies, Daimler’s subsidiary DTNA ramped up its workforce by about 3,000 employees at various truck manufacturing facilities in the USA and Mexico in 2011. At the Mount Holly plant, the company created over 1,000 new jobs while introducing a second production shift. With its current workforce of 1,450 employees, the Mount Holly site produces a total of 25,000 Daimler commercial vehicles per year. Speaking to Tachoblog, Roger Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer of Daimler Trucks North America said, “The Mount Holly manufacturing facility is a good example of the rising truck demand in all Daimler Trucks North America locations. “In 2011, the plant more than tripled its production units and continues to experience very strong demand. “President Barack Obama’s visit to the facilities is an honor that underscores our commitment to growing and sustaining employment in North Carolina.” President Barack Obama Visits Daimler Trucks North America – Tachoblog Reports is a post from: Tachoblog
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