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First Modec trucks go to work
Modec on stand 4371 just said that Tesco.com will the first firm in the UK to run a fleet of electric home delivery vans. This week Tesco has put a small fleet of the world's first high performance, emission free urban delivery trucks to work from its new environmental store in Shrewsbury. The new trucks can carry a two tonne payload, have a 100 mile range and a top speed of 50mph, all on one overnight charge.

More from Geoff Reyner on +44 (0)2 476 881 488 or greyner@modec.co.uk

2008 truck preview at CV Show

Isuzu Truck UK is showing a Japanese spec. 12 tonne rigid truck on stand 5541 and says the reactions have been “terrific.” The new truck destined for a formal launch in Japan later this year effectively makes its world debut at the CV Show, to give visitors a taste of things to come. The firm will launch similar trucks for the UK, taking its 2008 range up to 18 tonnes gross.

More from David Nash on +44 (0)1 614 567 870 or quadpr@globalnet.co.uk

New look RHA at CV Show

The Road haulage Association is using the CV Show to launch its new look. “After using an aged cap badge as a logo for well over 40 years, it was high time to move,” said Roger King, chief executive. “And I'm delighted to say our new look is going down very well.” The RHA is also offering 20% deals on subscriptions at the show, copies of the May issue of Roadway, a hard hitting report on Road Pricing and launch copies of FastForward, the first training and careers magazine for the road transport industry.

More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or kate.gibbs@rha.net

Carrier Transicold goes out of this world

Carrier Transicold, on stand 3181 says live demonstrations of its new GPRS based fleet management package, Carrier Foretrack have been very well received. “The system means you can monitor refrigerated trucks and trailers wherever they are, without leaving your office,” the firm says. “This means you can keep temperature-sensitive goods at the right setting throughout their journey.”

More from David Nash on +44 (0)1 614 567 870 or quadpr@globalnet.co.uk

Let Traka test you to your limit

Traka says it has had lots of interest in its new integrated ACS Alcolock and Trakakey management system at this week's CV Show. The system tests drivers' alcohol levels won't let them have vehicle keys from a special cabinet if the alcohol levels are too high. “The Post Office and a lot of big haulage firms have asked us for on-site demonstrations,” said Martyn Baker, marketing development manager at Traka.

More from Martyn Baker on +44 (0)7886 033858 or mb@traka.com

New SVX is a sound move for fleets

Vision Alert Automotive on stand 3111 says its new 'focused sound' reversing alarm uses a new technology called SoundVector to confine the noise of audible reversing alarms to the hazard zone, exactly where it is needed. The firm says its new system, which it calls Focused Sound Safety is suitable for heavy plant, machinery and commercial vehicles of all types.

More from Katherine Reynolds on +44 (0)1 132 375 340 or katherine.reynolds@visionalert.co.uk

CCTV safety system is a 'must see' at CV Show

Safety specialists Vision Alert Automotive on stand 3111 say the launch of its new range of CCTV vehicle systems has gone very well. especially designed to help maximise reversing safely. “All our products are designed to maximise reversing safety and cut accidents,” says Katherine Reynolds. “With over 30 kits, we've a solution for most vehicles and fleets.” The firm says sells to over 45 countries from factories in the UK, USA and Australia.

More details from Katherine Reynolds on +44 (0)1 132 375 340 or lee@whitefoot-forward.co.uk

Schmidt Group to merge

Schmidt Holding GMBH, parent company of Schmidt UK on stand 2350 says it is in merger talks with AEBI of Switzerland to create a new £200m firm, AEBI Schmidt Group, with an HQ in Switzerland and employing 1,700 people at factories in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Poland and Switzerland.

More from Richard Cox on +44 (0)7970 805 175 or richard@presence-pr.com

'Have your say' at the CV Show

The FTA says the CV Show is a great opportunity for you to 'have your say' on three important transport issues affecting the industry; longer heavier vehicles, climate change and road pricing. To make sure your views get heard; talk to the FTA's people on stand 504. They're keen to listen.

More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or gdossetter@fta.co.uk

Better service as SB and Truck logic link

SB Components and Truck Logic, both of Wisbech, Cambridge, say they will join to offer better service to the truck market. Neil Bailey of Truck Logic, who will work with existing customers and said, “I look forward to my new job in SB Components and an even better range of products and services.” Steven Bushess, chairman of SB Components, said “This acquisition will us maintain our competitiveness in the European market.”

More from Steven Bushell on +44 (0)7 974 423 577 or steve@sb-components.com

'Fantastic' response to Allison Transmission's campaign

Allison says the first day of CV Show 2007 delivered 'fantastic' interest in the firm's 'Awareness' campaign, with operators and manufacturers signing up for a second seminar in Leeds on 23 May. “We'll tell people about the business benefits of working with Allison and the transmissions we provide,” says Riccardo Sardelli, UK general manager of Allison Transmission.

More from Eilidh Forster on +44 (0)7 725 237 476 or eilidh.forster@m-eng.com

Tachomaster's CV Show debut

Road Tech Computer Systems on stand 5783 will launch its highly successful Tachomaster system. This records and analyses tachograph data from digital and analogue sources, giving operators a simple but effective tool to help run their business efficiently. The firm's Skylark open platform system for onboard computers and the Road Runner back office transport management system are also on show. “Tachomaster has been very well received and we are getting over 20 new registrations a day on our web site for trial downloads,” said Derek Beevor, Road Tech's managing director. “Feedback is very positive and we're delighted with the take-up so far.”

More from Sheila Lashford on +44 (0)7 986 514 240 or sheila@splash-pr.biz

Truck aftermarket data deal

Cfc solutions says it has done an exclusive deal to offer Maintbook's truck service, maintenance and repair cost forecasting data to its fleet software customers. The firm says it signed the deal yesterday at the CV Show 2007 and that Maintbook SMR data is already used by the vehicle leasing industry to forecast costs for more than 1.5m fleet cars and vans in the UK but the new deal is the first major use for its new truck data.

More from Simon Wells on +44 (0)1 283 711 311 or simon@paperchasepr.co.uk

Cold callers welcome at Eberspaecher stand

The Cold Consortium has Volkswagen T5 Transporter on stand 4321, converted for low temperature loads and uses the the latest generation Diavia Frigo under-bonnet deep-freeze refrigeration system. Also on the stand the firm has welfare vehicles, a London hire vehicle, crew messing vehicles and an ambulance.

More from Ian Gardner on +44 (0)1 430 861 373 or sales@coldconsortium.co.uk

Schmitz deliver the goods for Transaid at the CV Show

Andreas Schmitz, managing director of Schmitz Cargobull (UK) Ltd, presented Transaid, the logistics industry's charity, with a specially commissioned and liveried fridge trailer with Carrier refrigeration unit. Third party logistics outfit Wincanton will run the trailer on one of its main routes for a year, giving the rental income Transaid. “We are delighted to have been able to work with all parties to contribute to the excellent work that Transaid does throughout the developing world,” said Schmitz.

More from Lloyd Arkill on +44 (0)1 923 777 897 or info@am-pr.net

SMMT has it in the bag on the first day

CV Show and ATS partner the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has stand 5701 which it is using as base to show businesses how it can help find new customers, cut costs and give essential advice and knowledge. “Early visitors won't go away empty handed because to help you carry all the many and important information packs we'll give you a free shopping-style bag,” said Bob Davis, stand manager. “Made from a natural recyclable product, it is handy and environmentally friendly – but don't leave it too late because we handed out more than half of the 3000 limited edition bags on the first day.”

More from Bob Davies on +44 (0)207 344 9235 or bdavies@smmt.co.uk

Parker Hannifin has the power to take off at the show

Amongst its comprehensive range on stand 2251, Parker Hannifin has the Chelsea 859 series power shift hydraulic Power Take Off. “Its high torque capacities and low maintenance service life makes it the ideal solution for truck applications where many conventional products would be unsuitable,” says the firm.

More from Michelle Sozanska on +44 (0)1 926 317 878 or epic@parker.com

Drive Diagnostics has vehicle safety to a T

The technology-based driver risk management tool developed by Drive Diagnostics is so successful that a satisfied customer shares stand 1849. “Using our wireless system to monitor driver techniques, T-Mobile have cut driver 'events' by 40% since its installation last October, a saving worth some £7,000,” said Dan Steele, chief executive officer. “And by adopting better driving techniques, the firm has saved a further saving of four per cent on fuel costs each month.” The firm says savings like these quickly cover the outlay for the system.

More from Dan Steere +44 (0)7 983 965 501 or dsteere@drivediagnostics.com

New digital kit goes well for the FTA

The Freight Transport Association says the launch for its two new digital download products at this year's CV Show has gone very well. The Digital Data Postbox Lite provides a smaller and more cost-effective way to download driver digital data and the Combined Download Device combines the functions of the Driver Card Reader and the Vehicle Unit Download within a single portable unit.

More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1892 552255 or gdossetter@fta.co.uk

Whale makes big splash at CV Show

Whale Tankers has launched Kaiser-Whale at the CV Show. It's a sewer cleaning Jet-Vac machine featuring continuous water recycling and is one of four vehicles ordered by the Anglian Water Group. Also on the stand is a Kilo-Whale high volume combination that can remove waste from to 30m depth.

Whale also says it will work with Econ Engineering on future demountable systems.

More from Richard Smith on +44 (0)1 564 777 231 or richard@nyans.co.uk

Man and Van launched by Driver Hire

Driver Hire, which says it is the UK's leading transport and logistics recruitment firm just launched a unique home delivery service where the driver, van and parcel are insured and supplied by Driver Hire. The firm says it researched problems with home delivery beforehand and hopes to rid the courier trade of problems like missed and late deliveries and expensive extra rental days. “We're providing the right vehicle, qualified and reference-checked drivers and parcels that are all fully insured and ready to go,” said Chris Chidley, chief executive.

More from Christine Mortimer on +44 (0)1 132 685 000 or christine.mortimer@mcgpr.co.uk

Show exclusive – the sky's the limit for Lombard on van procurement

Transport News Brief learned of a 1700 strong, 12 month van replacement programme, exclusively revealed in the CV Show media centre only just before it was announced on the Lombard Vehicle Management stand, 4271. The new Vauxhall van fleet is for media giant BSkyB and Lombard will handling the whole build management process, including the bespoke Bri-Stor racking system. “We chose Lombard to handle this deal because we needed people that understood the needs of a high profile fleet,” said Robert Patrick of Sky. “Our business is fast and responsive and it is important to have the job and support managed professionally.”

More from Mark Carberg on +44 (0)7 968 317 962 or mark.carberg@longshoreconsulting.com

RTTV looks at Japanese invasion

In its second webcast Roadtransport looks at the Japanese truck invasion, spearheaded by new models fom Hino, Isuzu and Nissan. Presenter Brian Weatherley asks if this is the year that far eastern truck makers will finally get serious about the UK and mainland European truck markets. “We'll also make the case for longer, heavier trucks and urge the Secretary of State for Transport to give the go ahead for operational trials.” “And”, he says, “What is the secret of Daf's sustained market leadership? Watch an find out what we say.”

More from www.roadtransport.com/rttv

Van and light truck awards

Professional Van and Light Truck just made its annual awards, all 24 of them, on Tuesday 24 April at a special dinner at the CV Show. Probably the most important two were the award for overall dealer of the year, picked by Peugeot van dealer Robbins and Day and the overall van of the Year, for the Mercedes Sprinter.

More from Tim Campbell on +44 (0)1 772 433 303 or info@vanandlighttruck.co.uk

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