Transport Minister Simon Bridges says a major milestone has been reached this week in the Government’s effort to restore road and rail links to Kaikoura, with work crews estimating that the halfway point has been reached in the massive job of clearing the slips from the transport corridor north of Kaikoura. “This is good news not only for Kaikoura but also for the rest of New Zealand as work progresses at pace to restore the road and rail networks that are critical to supporting our economy, keeping these communities connected and boosting the prosperity of this region,” Bridges says.
The Bay of Connections Freight Logistics Action Group (FLAG) has welcomed a government and industry initiative to help attract and train new truck drivers. FLAG says 32% of the nation’s freight travels on roads in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato and they hope the government-led Sector Workforce Engagement Programme (SWEP) will help attract 1000 more drivers into the industry nationwide.
Recycling specialists 3R Group have welcoming the announcement from the Minister for the Environment of $18.6 million in funding for used tyre recycling initiatives. “There is no doubt that this is a positive step forward in dealing with the more than five million tyres that reach their end of life each year in New Zealand,” said 3R chief executive Adele Rose, “however we are disappointed that these initiatives are not part of a wider product stewardship approach for tyres.”
Engineers behind Volvo Group’s new more fuel-efficient truck engines have received the Volvo Technology Award 2017. Jan Eismark and colleague Michael Balthasar came up with an intelligent piston design by adding waves to the piston crown to improve the use of oxygen. In the case of a standard piston, the injector is located at the top of the cylinder and the fuel is sprayed toward the sides of the cylinder through a number of openings in the injector. The combination of heat and pressure causes the fuel to ignite before it reaches the cylinder wall.
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