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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has installed a gas engine cogeneration system at its Kawasaki Plant. A cogeneration system is one that generates more than two types of secondary energy from primary energy continually and concurrently. It uses exhaust heat at the time of power generation in generating vapour to be supplied to the production lines, making more efficient use of energy possible.

Volvo Group Venture Capital AB, a subsidiary of the Volvo Group, has announced an investment in Momentum Dynamics Inc – a leading company in high power wireless charging of electric vehicles.

Daimler Trucks North America’s Freightliner new Cascadia was awarded the prestigious honour of ‘Best Transportation Technology’ at the Engadget annual ‘Best of CES’ awards ceremony at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). According to Engadget, the Transportation Technology category is awarded to the best technology related to the “ever-advancing science of getting from here to there”.

Public consultation by the NZ Transport Agency on proposed permanent speed limits for Saddle Road/Oxford Road/Woodlands Road/State Highway 3 has begun. However, anyone wanting to provide feedback on the proposal will need to act fast, as it closes at 4pm today (Friday 18 January).

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At the IRTENZ conference in October 2017, Warwick Wilshier was presented with the IRTENZ Outstanding Industry Achievement Award for services to log truck safety. Warwick was a founding member of the Log Truck Safety Council (LTSC) in 1996, and has served as chair for the past 18 years. The LTSC is a pan-industry collaborative of truck operators, transport researchers, trailer manufacturers, forest owners, legislators, and enforcement agencies. It is recognised as the premier source of log transport research and industry knowledge that leads the world in innovative, sustainable and safe best practice log transport operations. IRTENZ president Dom Kalasih said today’s log truck industry was unrecognisable compared with the one faced by the group that established the LTSC in 1996. Warwick Wilshier grew up in Otorohanga in the King Country and started his career as a diesel mechanic with the New Zealand Forest Service. “They had a big workshop in the Waipa Sawmill and they also had their own log trucks, so that’s where I probably got my interest for log trucks. When I finished my time I managed to buy one of the contractor’s businesses so started as an ownerdriver in 1982. A few years later I formed a partnership with one of the other contractors, Gary Williams, and started the business known today as Williams and Wilshier.” Warwick’s first truck was a White Road Boss. “I’ve still got it. It’s a yard truck, it’s used quite a bit for taking things to the testing station and stuff like that. I kept that, and I also bought back the first Kenworth I got in 1985, and did it up for the 50 years of Kenworth celebration in 2014.”

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Providing a comprehensive freight service to rural communities in the sparsely populated Darling Downs means Auchenroad Haulage needs to be all things to all people. For equipment to last when their regular runs are throughout the backblocks of Queensland, Oakeybased Auchenroad Haulage owner Shane Wadley believes top quality components are a must, a philosophy he applied when he purchased a Barker Trailers B-double curtainsider from Brown and Hurley. We met up with the new B-double curtainsider at the tiny town of Goombungee, a quaint little Queensland town, home to Leicht’s CIA engineering works, renowned for their robust – and as they say – ‘Intelligent livestock equipment’. They’re proud of their heritage and the fact all their products are locally designed and predominantly built from Australian-made steel. It is here at Leicht’s CIA the Auchenroad Haulage B-double was loading cattle crushes for delivery to rural centres in western NSW.

Autumn in Europe and an even numbered year, that can only mean one thing for anyone involved with the road transport industry… Hannover! While some may pretend it is not so, the design and manufacture of heavy road transport vehicles is dominated by Europe, and this domination is focused within Germany. Two of the world’s major truck and bus manufacturers are headquartered within Germany, and so it is only fitting that the Hannover show is considered to be the world’s leading truck show.

Three years down the track following TR Group’s outright purchase of Master Drive Services Ltd, New Zealand Trucking magazine received an invitation to pop along to Hampton Downs Motorsport Park to revisit the fresh new look, see where things are at, and find out what’s just down the road.

During the Second World War the purchase of new vehicles for the Post Office was largely suspended, with many of the existing fleet requisitioned for military use. Postwar, many ex-military trucks were transferred to the Post Office and other government departments. These included GMCs and Canadian Military Pattern Fords and Chevrolets. Maintenance on these was high, and before long newer Ford V8s entered the fleet. These were used in many roles, including mail delivery and lines work. Some were also used as breakdown trucks and a few fitted with fifth wheels to tow low loader trailers.