Transport News Brief Week 18, Monday 28 April 2008 UK fleet grew 3.7% last year The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has just released its Motorparc census data for 2007. “It’s a real achievement to have it ready earlier than in previous years, without having compromised our data quality standards,” said Martin Taylor, census database manager for the SMMT. The UK total car fleet has grown just 1% over 2006, down from a peak of 3% annual growth ten years ago. In contrast the nation’s van and light truck fleet grew 3.7% last year and by 34% over the last decade. The SMMT’s Automotive Data Services team is already busy producing tailored reports for existing customers and dealing with enquiries from new customers. “We can slice the data in virtually any way you want it, says Taylor.” SMMT member firms get a 25% discount on data deals. More from Martin Taylor on + 44 (0)2 073 441 613 or [email protected] Vive la difference First time CV Show exhibitor E.M.Rogers Trucks & Trailers says being different really worked for the firm at the event. “Every other stand was selling something, so it’s hard to stand out,” said John Rogers, managing director. “But as soon as people realised we wanted to buy and we weren’t selling anything, we grabbed their attention.” The firm was there to buy all makes of used trucks, of any age, for its export markets. “We made some great contacts and hope that everyone we met at the Show remembers us when they’ve trucks to sell. We’ll quote for everything.” More from John Rogers on +44 (0)1 604 593 440 or [email protected] Partners in Reducing Crime Maple Fleet Services says it had a good reaction to the integrated trailer security solution it was selling with GE VeriWise at the CV Show . “This delivers a complete ‘end-to-end’ security system for trailers,” said Jonathan Richards, group marketing manager. “Operators can track and trace their trailers and can remotely control when, where and who can open the trailer doors.” Richards says the firm leads world with its IQ range of truck & trailer access control locking solutions and “the GE VeriWise partnership is testimony to this.” The firm says some of the CV Show leads it is following up were from very big operators and may prove particularly significant. More from Jonathan Richards on +44 (0)8 706 062 753 or [email protected] CitySprint ups the security stakes CitySprint, which says it is the UK’s largest privately owned same-day Courier network, has introduced a secure data courier service. It says its SecureData Courier service offers reliable, secure transport for valuable and sensitive data in the UK. The new service uses a single courier for each delivery and a specialist support team to help with bookings and ensure the job is done to the customer’s requirements. Packages are delivered to the addressee only, rather than a firm’s receptionist or office and the entire process can be tracked on-line in real time. Customers get a time-stamped PDF detailing the entire journey and a copy of the recipient’s signature within minutes of the successful delivery. More from Sarah Roberts on +44 (0)1 737 821 890 or [email protected] Waste tyre deal Sapphire Energy Recovery has won a waste tyre collection contract from Cooper Tire and Rubber Company Europe Ltd at Melksham, Wiltshire. The deal will cut waste handling mileage as Sapphire takes most of the waste tyres to the nearby Lafarge Cement’s Westbury Works in Melksham, where they are burnt in a cement kiln. More from Kirsten Parrish on +44 (0)1 295 670 160 or [email protected] Go out in style Wiltshire-based Vintage Lorry Funerals uses a 1950 Leyland Beaver flatbed for funerals throughout the UK. “We bring some colour to a dark day,” says David Hall. “We carry the coffin surrounded by flowers and in a tiered display or we can build a theme to depict the type of lorry the deceased loved or the type of loads that he carried.” Hall says his truck attracted a lot of interest when it visited the recent CV Show as part of the historic vehicle display there. “A lot of people said they hadn’t realised that anyone offered a service like ours and clearly like the idea.” Since the show he’s had a lot more traffic to his website www.vintagelorryfunerals.co. More from David Hall on +44 (0)1 225 865 346 or [email protected] Kelly to publish megatruck report at last Answering a parliamentary question last week, Ruth Kelly, transport minister said she aimed to publish the long awaited report into megatrucks, or in snappy, governmentspeak, Extra Long Heavy Vehicles “in a matter of months” and “before the summer recess”. Her aim is to give the House of Commons the opportunity to form its own views on the subject. But she said she “would need a huge amount of persuasion” that megatrucks are the answer to traffic congestion.” It seems unlikely that 25m long, 60 or 80 tonne trucks will make it onto UK roads any time soon. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or [email protected] Smoking pays Premier Diagnostics has just delivered the first 25 of a near 100 strong smoke meter order to Poland. The Polish government will equip its border police with smoke meters with which to check trucks and other vehicles as they enter the country. “We expect more and more countries to adopt similar measures to help control emissions from visiting vehicles,” says Mavis Connell, managing director. The Banbury-based firm is acknowledged as one of the leaders in the design, development and production of gas and smoke meters. More from Mavis Connell on +44(0)1 295 271 985 or [email protected] Orders and leads at CV Show Leading trailer maker Schmitz Cargobull says it had a highly successful CV Show, with significant new orders taken throughout the three day event. It even sold the curtainsider and refrigerated trailers that featured on its stand and got lots of interest in the its Euroliner and Curtainsider trailers, reefers and tippers. “The CV Show was a great opportunity to highlight the products and services that have helped to make the Schmitz Cargobull Group the biggest manufacturer and supplier of semi-trailers in Europe,” said Andrew Morley, UK sales and marketing director. “We took high quality leads that we expect to convert into significant new business in the months ahead.” More from Lloyd Arkil on +44 923 777 897 or [email protected] Successful CV Show debut for BP BP marked its debut at the CV Show by offsetting the travel emissions of each visitor to its stand during the three-day event. The firm calculated each visitor’s CO2 emissions from their journeys to the NEC and then offset them, using its not-for-profit carbon offsetting scheme, targetneutralâ„¢. “We were delighted with the success of our CV Show debut, which proved an ideal platform to highlight the strength of the BP network, as well as the development and enhancement of the BP PLUS fuel cards,” said Kathleen Callender, business to business marketing manager for BP UK Fuels Marketing. More from Jo Dain on +44 (0)2 077 583 900 or [email protected] Krone success One of Europe’s leading trailer manufacturers, Krone, believes that the recent CV Show in Birmingham was its best yet, with more quality leads gained than in any other year. “We had a lot of enquiries over the three days of the show, with a number of potential customers who were already quite well informed about our products,” said Jason Chipchase, UK sales manager for the firm. “Many people we spoke to who were also aware of the growing importance of purchasing European Type Approved trailers and we’re confident that a good number of these leads will turn into orders.” More from Niky Keane on +44 (0)1 326 560 403 or [email protected] ‘Fantastic’ CV Show gives TEK Seating it’s best ever year “The CV Show just goes from strength to strength – this year was one very busy, one very successful show,”‘ said Paul Fleming, MD at TEK Seating after yet another excellent CV show. The firm says it is the UK’s largest independent OEM and aftermarket vehicle seating company. “Last year I said it couldn’t get any better, but it did. It was fantastic; we didn’t stop for three days solid. We took a record-breaking amount of enquiries that should keep the sales guys busy for some time. Attendance was good, our stand position was perfect and the quality of visitor was as high as ever. We had large OEMs, engineering directors, fleet managers and end users visiting our stand. We were particularly excited by a big potential new client who is a big UK vehicle maker.” More from Paul Fleming on +44 (0)1 892 515 028 or [email protected] New metal brings twice as many leads to Peugeot Van maker Peugeot said it “did really well” at the recent CV Show. Chris Cheetham, marketing manager for the firm says it was a “Great show, with twice as many leads as last year, due to our great new great new products. We want to sign up for ’09.” More from Chris Cheetham on +44 (0)2 476 884 169 or [email protected] AutoAlert delighted at CV show results Huge interest despite competitors and great support from customers was the message from this year’s CV Show for vehicle tracking specialists AutoAlert. “We had another fantastic year at the show with strong support from our partners and customers,” said Richard Harris, managing director. “We were delighted at the massive interest, particularly given the increased number of competitors who exhibited this year. We offer users so much more than a basic ‘tracking’ device yet the system remains very simple and easy to use. This is something many people at the show mentioned along with its excellent value for money.” More from Richard Harris on +44 (0)2 073 947 457 or [email protected] Jost’s bigger, better and stronger CV Show Fifth wheel, landing legs and coupling manufacturer Jost says it had a record number of enquiries at this year’s CV Show. The firm says this validated its decision to strengthen it sales and marketing activity. “With more visitors coming on to our stand than ever before, this response very much reflects the organic growth being enjoyed by Jost in the UK,” said Mike Johnson, sales and marketing director “To continue the development of our business and capitalise on our broader product portfolio we are now in the process of expanding our sales team.” The firm recently acquired specialist trailer steering systems maker Tridec. More from Mike Johnson on +44 (0)1 617 630 200 or [email protected] Eclipse shines at CV Show 2008 Diagnostic equipment specialist Eclipse Automotive Technology is already planning its return to the CV Show at the NEC next year after three days of business set the company on target for record sales in 2008. “Last year we left with a list of high quality contacts that generated a steady stream of business for our Eclipse Test Pad throughout the year,” said Richard Parkin, director. “This year we increased the stand size and extended the product range with a new Test Pod for passenger cars. We could have sold the equipment on display several times over and have a follow-up list that means we will definitely be looking for new distributors.” More from Steve McQueen on +44 (0)1 335 300 292 or [email protected] Successful CV Show for Penny Hydraulics “This was our most successful show ever for visitors and leads,” says Richard Short, sales director at Penny Hydraulics. The firm launched new 500kg and 1,200kg capacity vehicle mounted Swing Lift cranes at the NEC. Both feature powered hydraulic slew with full hydraulic boom raise, lower and extension and Short believes they are the first of their type with this performance on the market. Penny also announced a deal with Nissan Commercial Vehicles that allows customers to specify load-handling equipment when buying vehicles through local Nissan LCV dealerships. More from Richard Short on +44(0)1246 811475 or [email protected] Best ever Show for Avia The 2008 CV Show was the best ever for Avia Trucks, the firm says. “Interest in our truck range is at its highest,” said John Armitage, sales manager. “And there is particularly strong interest in the urban artic versions. We showed those with the factory-fitted sleeper cab and Hendrickson rear air suspension.” Based on the Avia D120-185 chassis, the model gives up to 22 tonnes GCW. “Operators are looking for more efficient ways to work in restricted and congested city centres and that is exactly what we offer.” Armitage also says he can deliver from stock or with very short lead times, to customer’s specification, all with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty. More from John Armitage on +44 (0)1 642 806 008 or [email protected] Schmitz Cargobull and Wincanton work for Transaid Holly Porter, group marketing director of Wincanton plc, presented Chris Saunders, chief executive of the logistics industry’s charity, Transaid, with a cheque for £3,000 at the recent CV Show. The donation came after Schmitz delivered a new, Harelaw-built trailer to Wincanton. The cheque is part of the rental value of the trailer, which Wincanton will run for 12 months on routes across mainland Europe to help promote Transaid and its charitable work throughout Africa. “Schmitz Cargobull is delighted to work with our friends from Wincanton for the benefit of Transaid,” said Tom Macallan, UK managing director of Schmitz Cargobull. More from Lloyd Arkil on +44 923 777 897 or [email protected] Hino dealer wins bank’s Dubai trip Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank just announced that Graham Paterson, at Hino truck dealer WTC has won a trip for four-night trip for four to Dubai following a prize draw held on the bank’s stand at the CV Show. This follows training days held between the bank and Hino dealers around the UK to introduce Alliance & Leicester’s Hino Procare contract hire deal. More from Andrew Homer on +44 (0)1 162 003 401 or [email protected] Ring lights the way A new range of LED vehicle lamps from lighting specialist Ring Automotive attracted keen interest on the firm’s stand at the CV Show. “It was a busy and productive show, said Nick Cameron,” Ring’s technical and marketing director. “As well as enquiries about our new LED range, many visitors wanted to know more about our TruckMaster bulbs.” New products included two powerful LED work-lamps and LED five-function trailer lamps, combining brake, indicator, reversing, backlight and number-plate light in one unit. “All are designed to cut maintenance time and costs,” says Cameron. More from Sara Lamper on +44 (0)1 423 701 147 or [email protected] Great result for Manitou A record level of enquiries made the recent CV Show the best ever for rough terrain forklift truck maker Manitou. “It was a great result,” said the firm’s Paul Bidwell. “We’ll be back again next year.” The firm, which says it is the world leader in rough terrain mechanical handling kit, came away from the CV Show with a valuable range of leads. More from Paul Bidwell on +44 (0)1 202 825 331 or [email protected] Fantastic Show “It was a fantastic show and our first time but we’ll now do it every year,” said David Davis, sales and technical manager for Pershore-based Pick-Up Tops. The firm, which says it is the largest independent importer of pickup tops. Davis says the firm used the CV Show for the highly successful launch of its Ambassador ll model, complete with side-opening doors to fit the Mitsubishi L200. More from David Davis on +44 (0)1 386 555 787 or [email protected] Best ever CV Show for Everquip Everquip Inspection Pits, at the CV show for its ninth straight year say the recent show was the best ever show. “Not only were there more visitors to our stand this year but the number of sales leads we generated was the highest ever,” said John Branton, business development manager for the firm. We confirmed a number of orders at the show as well as making appointments for site visits throughout the UK and Ireland.” The show also saw the very successful launch of the Pitsafe Cover system and generated ‘significant’ interest in Everquip’s entire range of pit accessories. More from John Branton on +44 (0)1 430 449 480 or [email protected] LDV wins first AVP sport van order LDV says it won an order for 30 Maxus for conversion to AVP Sport Vans as the vehicle made its debut at the recent CV Show. The new motorhome is collaboration between LDV Group and Prestige Motor Homes, a specialist motorhome maker and dealer, based in Droitwich. Blurent, a European motorhome rental specialist will take 10 left hand drive model while its sister company Prestige will take 20 right hand drive models. More from Steve Miller on +44(0)1 213 223 089 or [email protected] And finally New Scientist’s Feedback column reports that when Judy Castelino took a flight in a nine-seater plane from Invercargill to Stewart Island in New Zealand, she was relieved to read the notice stating: “The minimum flight crew is one pilot.” More from www.newscientist.com Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)