Phil Burgess, South Island manager of Burnard International, has been named winner of the Asia-Pacific Region FIATA Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year award.
Volvo Group and Samsung SDI have entered into a strategic alliance to develop battery packs for Volvo Group’s electric trucks. Working together with Samsung SDI, Volvo Group aims to accelerate the speed of development and strengthen the long-term capabilities and assets within electromobility, to the benefit of customers in different truck segments and markets.
The Hawke’s Bay Expressway is set to be renamed State Highway 2 to reduce confusion and better reflect that the expressway is the spine of the Hawke’s Bay roading network.
Peloton Technology Inc., the leading connected and automated vehicle technology company, unveiled its vision for doubling the productivity of drivers through the development of its new Level 4 Automated Following solution.
PEOPLE AND TRANSPORT
Brand loyalty is something all suppliers strive for, the ultimate demonstration of a sound product backed by genuine people. When it comes to New Zealand’s unique enclave of the International brand, you won’t find loyalty in much bigger doses than from Brian Aitchison, MMM Cartage.
Could the UK learn anything from New Zealand’s HPMVs? After driving one for a day, Will Shiers thinks it could. In my humble opinion, the UK is about to piss £8.1m ($15.5m) into the wind, by embarking on a truck platooning trial. In an attempt to prove that the technology can save fuel and increase productivity, a trio of DAFs will travel 50,000km on UK motorways, linked in a wirelessly connected convoy. They will be piloted by specially trained DHL drivers, as part of the parcels firm’s day-to-day delivery operations. When safe to do so, the lead driver will take control of all three vehicles, while the other two drivers will remain on standby in case they need to regain control at short notice. Richard Cuerden, head of Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) Academy, who is overseeing the trial, believes platoons could become a commercial reality on UK roads within the next five years, and is advising British hauliers to embrace the concept. That’s all well and good, but we seem to be ignoring the elephant in the room – namely that the benefits of platooning have already been disproved.
Kenworth made its intentions for model rationalisation clear with the arrival of the T610. Two years on from the truck’s New Zealand launch, the latest newcomers to wear PACCAR’s famous brand name bring those plans a step closer, and hint at a whole lot more. It’s a tough time in history for the likes of Kenworth, Mack, Freightliner, and Western Star. Trucks whose reputation was built on strength, durability, and mechanical simplicity, have faced the real need to reinvent themselves for the modern world, accommodating the technology – and therefore complexity – that facilitates modern emissions, fuel burn, and safety expectations. And it doesn’t stop there. With truck drivers the world over increasingly worried more about angina than they are about ambition, occupant care and comfort are now stratospherically high on the shopping lists of most transport entities; again, traits not historically the strengths of the big Yank machines.
Bold new times On 1 April 1987 the Post Office was split into three state-owned enterprises: New Zealand Post, Telecom, and Post Office Bank. There were nearly 8000 vehicles in the fleet at this time and these were allocated to the new organisations. There were 1800 vehicles associated with the postal network.
Geo M. Brewster & Son Inc. of Bogota, New Jersey, is a name closely connected with a number of last century’s large road building projects in the Eastern United States. The family firm was founded in 1894 by George M. Brewster from Alpine, New Jersey. When George died in 1930 his son, William J. Brewster, became the president of the company.