In August DexKo Global Inc., a global leader in highly engineered trailer running gear, chassis assemblies and related components, announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire CM Trailer Parts to expand its New Zealand operations.
ZF Services Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Lowe to the position of managing director, ZF Services Australia Pty. Ltd., effective 1 October.
Specialty vehicle manufacturer Faymonville, headquartered in Luxembourg, displayed several of its trailer concepts at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles show, including the “unique, far-reaching” CombiMAX low loader.
PEOPLE AND TRANSPORT
This month we have a joint Good On Ya Mate that recognises two transport identities who said yes to something guaranteed to put a big smile on a young boy’s face. Back in June Jocelyn Rhind Hira had made a rookie mistake of asking what son Lincoln, due to turn five on 27 July, wanted at his party. “He replied, ‘could I have a Kenworth truck at my party?’ I thought he’d ask for something like a bouncy castle!” she laughed. Not wanting to disappoint Lincoln, she put out a plea for help on a Facebook trucking page.
When Ford New Zealand announced the arrival of an auto for the Transit Custom early last year, Transit sat third in its sector, trounced by Toyota and Hyundai. Motor Industry Association figures showed Transit’s 2016 sales in the Custom’s weight bracket at 716, compared with Toyota’s Hiace at 2123 and Hyundai’s iLoad at 1009; a respectable third, and well ahead of the rest.
Volvo Group Australia president Peter Voorhoeve oversaw the launch of the I-Shift with crawler gears in Australia at the Mt Cotton facility last month. On hand was Ove Wikström, heavy duty transmission and rear axle manager Volvo Trucks Gothenburg, Sweden. There was no shortage of technical firepower or product passion. Making ourselves comfortable in the driver’s seat of the Volvo FH16-700 Globetrotter fitted with the latest incarnation of the company ’s critically acclaimed I-Shift gearbox we’re staring into the teeth of an 8.8% gradient loaded to 203 tonne GCM. The instruction comes to select ‘C1’, release the park brake, and gently apply a little pressure on the accelerator. What happens next is jaw-dropping.
Last October New Zealand Trucking attended the presentation by Fonterra of a lease truck and tanker unit to NorthTec for driver training. We recently visited NorthTec’s Kaikohe campus to see how the training is going. Simon Phelps is an amiable bloke. He is pathway manager for manufacturing and technology at NorthTec, Northland’s largest technical institute. You get a real sense of enthusiasm for the job from this former motor mechanic – he’s been working at technical institutes in one capacity or other since 2004. With him today is Matt Hartwell, NorthTec’s road transport tutor in Kaikohe. He shares Simon’s enthusiasm for the job and willingness to talk. Matt ’s been a driving tutor for nine years, first for the Salvation Army, and, for the past year, NorthTec. He is also a former cabinet maker. We meet at the Kaikohe campus. The campus is in a rather nondescript building set well back from the street and largely hidden by paint shops and automotive workshops. There is a driver training course going on inside, and outside in the sun is the lease truck Fonterra supplied to NorthTec last year. The trailer unit, also supplied by Fonterra, is back at the Whangarei campus; it is not needed in Kaikohe today. The truck, a Volvo FM12, is one of two NorthTec uses for driver training; the other is a Class 2 Curtainsider. It is the Volvo trainees will be using today.
A DEPT (Advanced Dynamic Efficient Powertrain Technology) is a suite of electronic features designed to deliver greater efficiency through improved powertrain integration. So, there is not much in terms of any exciting gadgets to look at because the heart of the ADEPT system resides inside the engine ECU. The ADEPT system utilises intricate technologies to sense vehicle load, speed and grade, then initiate adjustments to the engine’s power and torque while prompting the best possible transmission gear selection to take advantage of vehicle momentum for better fuel economy. This means that along with advanced diagnostic and engine programming functions in the X15’s ECU, the ADEPT software delivers, from the measurements and calculations described above, what Cummins call SmartCoast and SmartTorque.