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Cummins is adding to its additive manufacturing capabilities by investing in a new, high-precision 3D metal printing technology called binder jet. This investment is just the next step in Cummins’ plan to revolutionise its manufacturing processes and accelerate the company’s trajectory toward scaled production in additive technologies.

WABCO has announced it will launch its new advanced trailer monitoring and remote diagnostics solution, TX-TRAILERPULSE, in June 2019.

The Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) programme is increasing activity in the lead up to autumn and winter stock movements to limit the risk of disease spread. There will be a surge in the number of properties contacted about the movement of risk animals, and a higher number of properties than usual will be placed under movement restrictions, says programme director Geoff Gwyn.

Heavy vehicle drivers will no longer need to retrofit outdated pressure gauges under recent amendments to the Land Transport Rules.

PEOPLE AND TRANSPORT

From a wide-eyed kid riding shotgun with his uncle in the backblocks of the lower Hawke’s Bay to independent owneroperator. Nathan Nicol’s megapersonality K200 Kenworth logger is truly a symbol of this man’s passion for truckin’. The cabover K model Kenworth has morphed over the years since its release in the early 60s. The versatility of the cabover Kenworth is now legendary, and the model is firmly entrenched within fleets from one end of the country to the other. Some ply the highways in subtle, nondescript liveries that make them quietly blend into the masses on their daily journeys, and then you meet ‘Bad Habit’, a logger from Bay View in the Hawke’s Bay, with an attitude and personality larger than Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is a rig that has visual impact the moment you lay eyes on it; however, as you look closer you discover it’s not just the level of detail, but the attention paid to it that inscribes a lasting impression.

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It’s somewhat uncanny that for all the technology coming into trucking today, the trucks themselves still lead hard lives and need to be built tough. And, no one knows that more than Tim Murfet, manager of Launceston-based Altrac Spreading.

HI KIDS, welcome to this month’s Little Truckers Club. I’ve selected four pictures from the colouring competition for the magazine this month. The response was great and the quality of the entries fantastic, with some great use of colour and some real imagination shown. I could almost see in your work that you were imagining painting your own truck. I’ve chosen four pictures from across the broad age range we had who submitted entries. That was great to see too.

Forget French flair – Renault’s short wheelbase Master van may look smart, but once aboard you’ll find a thoroughly practical and easy-to-live-with load hauler. Renault vans might not be on the average Kiwi’s radar, but they’ve been the number one selling van range in Europe for 20 consecutive years, according to the New Zealand distributor. First launched in 1980, the Renault Master wasn’t exported to New Zealand until 2014, so it’s only now filtering onto business shopping lists.

Around the turn of the year there is not much to do for truck aficionados in a wintry Europe. Most shows and festivals are held in the period from May to October when the weather is in general much better for organising large outdoor truck events. For some years however, there has been one exception, and that is the Mega Trucks Festival in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. In December 2018 this unique indoor event was held for the fifth time and attracted several thousand visitors from at home and abroad.