Transport News Brief – Tuesday 23 September 2008

Transport News Brief Week 39, Tuesday 23 September 2008 Confident opening for Europe’s biggest truck show The IAA show opens in Hannover on Thursday 25 September and runs till the following Thursday. Speaking to the press today, a confident Mathias Vissman, president of the VDA, the German automotive trade association that runs the show said it would be the biggest ever. There are 2084 exhibitors, over 30% more than last year. 57% are from outside Germany, many more than ever before. He also said that demand for road transport would grow strongly in Germany, to create a continuing and healthy market for the nation’s commercial vehicle industry. Daf, Mercedes and Schmitz in particular reflected Vissman’s refreshing confidence too. These firms were clearly undaunted by what they seem to see as the relatively short-term and media-fuelled frenzy of headless chickens in the banking business. The huge show is well worth a visit if you can get there, particularly for the calm confidence it exudes. Check its website www.iaa.de for details. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or [email protected] Truck parts from TRW TRW says its new Proequip parts brand is aimed at the European heavy truck business. Launched at the Automechanika aftermarket show ‘TRW Proequip’ initially comprises braking and related parts and will extend to include other braking and suspension parts. More from Emma Ward on +44 (0)1 926 775 029 or [email protected] Daimler – best earnings in the firm’s history Speaking to the press before the opening of the IAA show in Hannover today, Andreas Renschler, head of Daimler Truck and Bus said the firm has had the best earnings result in its history. Order intake is 3% higher than in the same period last year and the firm’s Sprinter van sales are on course for more records, despite declining demand in the US and Europe. At the heavier end of the spectrum, he says the Actros leads its market segment with half a million sold. The new model is has hit less than 20l/100Km and can stretch maintenance intervals to 150,000km. The firm exudes confidence and although it expects the market to drop back to near normal levels over the next year or so, it is clearly planning for profitable medium and long term. More from Ian Norwell on +44 (0)1 908 245 949 or [email protected] Don Brown joins Aire sales team Aire Truck Bodies say Don Brown has joined its sales team. He aims to drum up new nationwide nation-wide for Aire Body Care, the firm’s 24/7 mobile and on-site service and express parts arm. On the bodybuilding side, he’ll support existing van and truck dealers and customers across the west midlands, where he is based. More from Trevor Longcroft on +44 (0)1 202 840 662 or [email protected] Evolution never stops So said Ron Borsboom, engineering and technical director at Daf Trucks, speaking today. “Product development is a never-ending process,” he continued as he described improvements to the firm’s hardware and its newly announced telematics software too. Safety is clearly high on Borsboom’s list; he talked about vehicle stability control, collision warning systems and lane departure warning systems. Perhaps most interesting were the plans revealed today, that Daf plans to introduce adaptive cruise control next year. This will use combinations of throttle, Intarder, engine brake and service brakes to help drivers avoid the suicidaly stupid tail-gating between trucks (my comment, not Borsboom’s, Editor.) so common on motorways. The system would probably set a minimum 20m separation between cruising trucks. More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or [email protected] Life after IC “The world will still need trucks and buses even after internal combustion engines are a thing of the past,” said Andreas Renschler, head of Daimler Truck and Bus today. He expects that hybrid power systems, electricity and hydrogen power may become the norm after 2020. The firm already has 7,000 trucks with alternative drive technologies on a range of trials and clearly expects continued development to pay dividends. “We can already cut fuel consumption by 30%,” said his colleague Georg Weiberg, head of product engineering for the firm. More from Ian Norwell on +44 (0)1 908 245 949 or [email protected] Broken crystal ball no problem for Schmitz Bernd Hoffman, the cheerful boss of Schmitz Cargobull said that the firm is heading for more modest double-digit growth rather than the recent 30% growth performance. He joked that this follows one of his colleagues breaking his crystal ball and forcing Europe’s largest trailer maker to rely on market research, which he says it not nearly so good. Hoffman says the firm has a 40% market share in a growing market and has seen a more than 30% hike in output this year. This he says is a direct consequence of investment by the family-controlled firm. “You have to work quite hard to invest €61m in trailer production.” He say the firm remains committed to offering a “single-handed solution” from Portugal to the Great Wall of China, but with its focus firmly in Europe, where he says there is still a lot of growth potential ahead if the firm wants to hit its German 40% share in other markets. Like several other bosses today, he’s clearly confident of the firm’s ability to continue its enviable growth, with or without that crystal ball. More from Gerd Rohrsen on+49 (0)2 558 81 1323 or [email protected] We can do van CO2 data, says Spyder Data modelling specialists Spyder Automotive says it supply reports on van CO2 emissions. “We already supply car makers like Audi and Ford with fleet CO2 performance,” said Jay Nagley, managing director. “There is still a void when it comes to van data: fleet managers need this sort of information and we are ready to supply it.” More from Jay Nagley on +44 (0)2 072 340 221 or [email protected] Trailer and workshop equipment and stock auction Buckstone Trailer Rental and Buckstone Transport Services plan to redevelop their combined site for residential use. The firms’ assets will go under the hammer at auction. This will be at 11:00 on Tuesday 30 September at Spencer Street, Chadderton, in Oldham. The sale includes four new-bodied urban trailers, three with new Ratcliff tail lifts, 11 fridge and 66 box trailers and two heavy-duty platform trailers. Also going under the auctioneer’s hammer will be a wide range of trailer spares and Ratcliff, Thermo King, Carrier and Petter parts. There are also lots of other parts, general workshop equipment, Portakabin offices, storage bodies, drilling and cutting machinery, airlines, tools and a powerful 128kva Mercedes generator. The full list is hundreds of items long. More from Peter Dugdale on +44(0)1 706 842 551 or [email protected] TruckProtect at IAA Show TruckProtect says it will use stand D10 in hall 21 at the IAA, the international truck show in Hannover to launch new devices to cut fuel theft. These include new devices to stop fuel theft from Mercedes Sprinter and Iveco Daily vans. These new units are based on the firm’s Neck-It device, already successfully protecting over 100,000 trucks and vans The firm says it will also show many of its other vehicle security and safety products, including BackWatch, its reversing safety device. Also on show will be a fuel conditioning system, EcoFuelKleanz, that TruckProtect says cuts fuel bill and emissions and improves engine life. More from Celeste Clarke on +44 (0)2 476 228 881 or [email protected] World’s first automated coupling kit VBG says it will show what it says is the world’s first automated multi functional coupling at the IAA, the international truck show in Hannover opening this week. The firm says its MFC in-cab coupling allows the driver to operate the entire coupling process from inside the cab. “All coupling functions – electrical, pneumatic and mechanical are fully integrated to provide a maximum of comfort, ergonomics and safety,” says Gunnar Nyvaller, VBG brand manager. He says the firm will run live demonstrations on its outdoor stand at F-Süd E11, opposite Hall 27 and will show other products on its stand A26 in Hall 26. The outside demonstrations involve owner-operator Conny Jacobsson, his 24m FH16 rigid truck, and 60 tonne drawbar trailer. More from Gunnar Nyvaller on mobile +46 707 494 652 or [email protected] New P&O Ferrymasters service to Poland and Russia P&O Ferrymasters says it has a new direct intermodal rail service to Russia and Poland. The firm’s daily rail link from Rotterdam complements a twice a week service from Poland to Moscow. P&O says it is the first operator to offer a through train service from Rotterdam to Moscow. Next year the firm says it plans to increase the number of services to three a week. The new follows from the opening P&O Ferrymasters’ office in Chorzów near Katowice in Poland in May this year. More from Gail Isted on + 44 (0)7 792 451 284 or [email protected] Truck-Lite to shine at IAA New York-based Truck-Lite says it will use its stand C50 in hall 13 of the IAA exhibition in Hannover to show a number of unique innovations in its LED lighting technology. It will also demonstrate the new Mercedes Actros mirror on the stand. The firm is part of the Penske Corporation and has factories elsewhere in the US as well as in Germany, Poland and two sites in the UK, at Harlow and Birmingham. It is a big maker of signal and forward lighting, wiring harnesses, mirrors, turn signal switches and safety parts for the truck, trailer and commercial vehicle industries worldwide. More from Belle Moss on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or [email protected] Leak detection made easier Oil Care Solutions Ltd. says its new range of preventive oil, fuel and coolant leak kits will allow vehicle operators to identify leaks before they become a serious issue. The kits contain special fluids which are added to the oil, fuel and coolant systems. Together with leak detection equipment, they will help operators find smallest leak early and should save downtime and serious repair costs. More from Peter Brown on +44(0)7 875 724 192 or [email protected] BP Signs up for 2009 CV Show Following BP’s successful debut at the 2008 Commercial Vehicle Show, the firm says it has already booked space for the 2009 Show. It says its 2009 CV Show stand will have an even higher profile and may include a guest appearance from one of the UK’s leading motoring presenters, who would share tips and insights on green driving. The firm says it will also offset the travel emissions of each visitor who visits its stand during the CV Show. This move follows the success of a similar idea at the 2008 Show. “We were delighted with the success of our CV Show debut which proved an ideal platform to highlight the strength of the BP network,” said Ranjeev Baines, BP’s UK fuel cards manager. “We are looking forward to the same level of success, if not more at the 2009 Show.” More from Jo Dain on +44 (0)7 788 910 059 or [email protected] New standard for ISO 9001:2008 The International Standards Organization and International Accreditation Forum say they have agreed a new schedule for accredited certification to ISO 9001:2008. They say this will mean a smooth move to ISO 9001:2008, the latest version of the world’s most widely used standard for quality management systems. Like all of ISO’s more than 17 000 standards, ISO 9001 is periodically reviewed to make sure that it is up to date. ISO 9001:2008, due to be published before the end of the year, will replace the year 2000 version of the standard which is used by implemented by business and public sector organizations in 170 countries. More from Steve Elvin on +44 (0)2 073 441 665 or [email protected] ServicePower does deal with TomTom ServicePower, which says it is a market leader for outsourced service and field management just revealed a technology deal with TomTom, to integrate the TomTom Work’s fleet management systems with ServicePower’s workforce scheduling systems. The firms say the deal will cut costs and increase efficiency in mobile field service organisations. More from Chris Wakley on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or [email protected] ZF hybrid technology on show ZF says it will use its stand in Hall 17 at the Hannover IAA to show new hybrid drive kit for trucks and buses. It says its new hybrid transmissions are ready for volume production and are designed on the basis of tried and tested transmission technology for commercial vehicles. The hybrid version of the eTronic is aimed at light commercial vehicles in delivery traffic while the HyTronic is for light trucks. The hybrid variant of the ZF automatic EcoLife transmission is designed for bus use. The firm says these transmission developments will be cost-effective and economically viable. More from Thomas Wenzel, on +49 7541-77 2543 or [email protected] Gaz launches electric Maxus The Gaz Group says it launch its prototype electric Maxus on its stand D46 in Hall 13 at the IAA in Hannover this week. The firm says it will also give more details about its deal to buy 50% of VM Motori, the Italian diesel engine maker and its plans for sales into other European markets. More from Sue Foster on +44 (0)1 902 714 957 or [email protected] New Ratcliff Palfinger lift at Hannover show Ratcliff Palfinger will show its new underfloor passenger lift for the first time on the Palfinger Group stand, D16 in Hall 26 at the IAA this week. The RUL35AW has an 820mm wide platform that is 1200mm deep platform and can lift 350kg. More from Sally Gething on +44 (0)1 707 382 800 or [email protected] Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more