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Only four years after sending shockwaves through the European trailer industry with its ill-fated Burg Silvergreen adventure, CIMC of China has done it again by buying SDC, the UK's top-selling trailer manufacturer. We report on what the move could mean for SDC and on the implications for its customers and trailer-making competitors. One of these rivals, Kögel, is growing fast under Humbaur ownership. Now there are plans to start a UK sales and marketing operation. We've been to Germany to find out more, including news of several Kögel innovations due to be unveiled at the huge Hannover show in September. 

There is Hannover show news too from Andreas Schmitz, the newly-appointed boss of Europe's biggest trailer manufacturer, Schmitz Cargobull. He tells us more about his company's latest developments in trailers and telematics, and about plans for expanding into China.

People in the news this month include former Isuzu Truck (UK) marketing director Keith Child; former Transport for London commissioner Sir Peter Hendy with his Euro 6 Routemaster bus; and Scania's new truck sales director in the UK, Andrew Jamieson, preparing for next month's long-awaited launch of a new Scania cab.


CV Engineer film reviews: and why not?

Ryder's Project Rebirth

So you want to show the world that your commercial vehicle technicians and workshops are a cut above the rest? You could always try one or two of many and various accreditation schemes and hope for the best. Ryder in the US has come up with an altogether more imaginative and startling solution, starting with spectacular destruction of a new Volvo truck. 

“While the kind of destruction shown in this video is extreme, it’s not that far from some of the excessive damage that has come through our shops over the past 80 years," says Ryder's global fleet management boss Dennis Cooke, with no hint of tongue in cheek. "Showing our technician team in action in a high-stakes challenge like this is a great way to highlight the kind of talent our customers have access to every day at any one of our 800 maintenance shops across North America. If businesses are going to outsource fleet maintenance to Ryder, they need to be really confident about our ability to maintain and repair trucks quickly and correctly the first time. Because our technicians work behind the scenes, there aren’t many opportunities for us to showcase their incredible knowledge and skill. These videos enable us to show the world in an exciting and compelling way the outstanding expertise of our technician workforce.”

Volvo engineers of a nervous disposition may want to look away now.

Click here to see Ryder's Project Rebirth video.


Hungry for more footage of Volvo trucks being given a hard time? Try these for size, courtesy of Volvo itself and a four-year-old film star by the name of Sophie...


CILT on vulnerable road-users

The acting is never going to win any Oscar nominations. And gratuitous plugs for the CILT's own magazine and awards scheme are a bit cheesy and irritating. But The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK nevertheless deserves plaudits aplenty for a new ten-minute video delivering a potent message on the moral, economic and legal obligations related to road transport operations. The focus is mainly on vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians, and the target audience is primarily board-level company directors in operations running trucks, buses or coaches. But this video's graphic portrayal of what can happen when road safety is allowed to slip down the priority list of any organisation packs such a punch that it ought to be required viewing for everyone with road transport management responsibilities, no matter how big or small the commercial vehicles they manage. That certainly includes the home-delivery operations which depend on vans and small trucks up to 3.5 tonnes gvw. Based on our shocking revelations of a few years ago, Sainsbury store managers responsible for small home-delivery van fleets and their drivers would be right at the top of our list of those most in need of learning the lessons this video teaches so memorably.

To see the CILT video on YouTube click here











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July 2016

4 Comment
Clean-diesel cash is available when the biggest polluters pay. London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan has wasted no time in producing a “clean air action plan” including a “T-charge” (toxic charge) of £10 per day from next year on top of the current daily congestion charge for all pre-Euro 4 vehicles. The hard-hitting speech this month in which Khan outlined his proposals, made all the more powerful by delivery at a Great Ormond Street Hospital ward specialising in child respiratory conditions, makes it difficult for anyone to object without seeming callous and short-sighted. Khan points to respected research showing that around 9,500 Londoners are dying every year from long-term exposure to air pollution and that no fewer than 443 London schools are in areas where safe legal pollution levels are exceeded. Diesel engines are largely to blame for this, but as the mayor himself recognises, there is a world of difference between dirty old diesel engines and the latest ultra-clean ones. It is hard to see how anyone in their right mind could dispute the need to improve air quality, particularly in London. That just leaves the crucial questions of how to persuade operators to switch more quickly to less-polluting cars, vans, trucks and buses, including those with the latest diesel power, and who ultimately should pick up the bill. This month in the US, following the Volkswagen car emissions tests cheating scandal, the German car-making giant reached a settlement with US federal regulators, private plaintiffs and 44 US states under which US$2.7 billion (£2.0 billion) is to be paid over three years into an “environmental remediation fund”. Much of this cash is expected to be used to upgrade truck and bus fleets. In Europe VW seems to have got away relatively lightly so far with its car emissions test cheating. If wholly-justified fines on a car-maker can be used to help pay for modernising and cleaning up truck and bus fleets in North America, why not in London and other European cities?

4 Points of view
Richard Brown of Licence Check on what the 2015 Insurance Act means for fleet management systems. Philip Swift of CMA on highway robbery by local authorities and their agents.

7 News
Greenest Routemaster yet is Goodwood crowd-puller.

8 News
SDC deal with CIMC survives EU referendum shock.

10 News
Conti buys Bandvulc and drives deep into UK truck and bus tyre market. Tyre safety neglected on millions of cars and vans.

12 News
Trailer coupling guidance gets long-awaited update.

14 News from the north
The Transport News Truck Advocate with advice on tachograph analysis, FORS accreditation, and operator compliance risk scores.

15 Kögel in can-do mood ahead of Hannover show
Seven years ago Europe's third biggest trailer-maker crashed into administration and seemed all-but finished. But along came a white knight by the name of Humbaur and now Kögel is thriving like never before. Future plans include new in-house running gear and the start of a UK and Irish Republic sales and marketing operation. Tim Blakemore reports.

18 Chinese whispers turn into a deafening roar
How is Europe's biggest trailer-maker responding to ever-more intensive competition from Chinese and Turkish rivals with low manufacturing costs? Mainly by building its own trailers in China and focusing on telematics at home. Richard Simpson and Tim Blakemore report.

22 News from the north
Highland welcome for Mercedes Actros twins, and five Volvo FMX eight-leggers join a South Lanarkshire fleet.

24 People and jobs
Keith Child quits Isuzu Truck (UK). Scania (Great Britain) is to have a new truck sales director from next month. Mysterious moves at the top of Knorr-Bremse. Tributes to former Volvo Bus marketing manager Don Johnston, who died last month.

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