Mercedes-Benz has offered to support those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic with the production of medical equipment. With the aid of 3D printers, individual components can be produced that are urgently needed in medical technology as a result of the current pandemic.
The NZ Transport Agency will make advance payments available to roading contractors so the industry will be ready to hit the ground running to deliver vital projects and help get New Zealand moving when the country moves out of the current level 4 Covid-19 alert lockdown.
In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, Volvo Group Australia has announced a temporary four-week shutdown of the Wacol, Queensland manufacturing plant. The closure is set to become effective from 13 April, with work set to resume on 10 May.
The NZ Transport Agency says critical state highway maintenance work will continue to be carried out in order to ensure the safe movement of essential goods and to provide support for lifeline functions during New Zealand’s Covid-19 response.
PEOPLE AND TRANSPORT
The upcoming vote on legalising recreational cannabis and plans for random roadside testing have made identifying drug issues a priority for many transport and logistics operators.
Andrew Locke, general manager commercial at CentrePort, was invited to the 2019 IRTENZ conference to discuss the topic ‘Moving Logs Intermodally’, and how the integration of transport hubs can increase the efficiency of the logging industry.
Some years ago, my husband and I used to recruit truck drivers for a couple of transport organisations. Our adverts always included the type of the work and the licences required. Amazingly, a large number of applicants would turn up without their driver’s licence. Often, they would have no boots and would be surprised when we wanted them to go for a test drive.
This month we feature the Panel Discussion from Day 1 of the 2019 IRTENZ conference. The discussion topic was ‘New Technology – What are we doing differently two years on?’