News: Van of the Year 2015 – Iveco New Daily


The third generation Iveco New Daily has been named the International Van of the Year 2015 at the 65th IAA commercial vehicles show in Hannover, Germany .

The annual award is organised by a jury panel of 23 journalists from major international commercial vehicle publications.

According to the jury, the winner is the van that has made the greatest contribution to the standards of efficiency, and the sustainability of transport of goods by road with respect to environment and safety of people. Continue reading “Van of the Year 2015 – Iveco New Daily” »

News: Cancelled strike means unwanted avgas

11-Jet-Fuel-Storage-TanksNew Zealand’s four major oil suppliers now have an unwanted 50 million litres of aviation fuel being shipped from Korea in the wake of a cancelled refinery strike at Marsden Point.

Z Energy, BP, Mobil and Chevron (owner of the Caltex brand), acting in concert as the Customer Supply Group, sourced the emergency shipment on Friday amid fears that Auckland International Airport could run short of aviation fuel if the strike, scheduled for October 7 and 8, at the Marsden Point refinery had gone ahead.

Auckland Airport only holds three days worth of stock and all aviation fuel in New Zealand is sourced from the Marsden Point refinery. Continue reading “Cancelled strike means unwanted avgas” »

News: Thirst for tanker drivers fuels shortage


A major shortage of truck drivers in Southland has seen local transport firms recruiting truck drivers from Europe to meet their needs.

Transport industry leaders have told The Southland Times, the problem has been further exacerbated by Fonterra’s growth in Southland, as the dairy giant lures drivers away from transport firms by offering higher pay, set shifts, and nine months work a year, driving milk tankers.

Fonterra southern operations manager Richard Gray told The Southland Times that Fonterra Edendale had 204 dedicated tanker operators collecting milk, and received a lot of interest from the public about the roles. Continue reading “Thirst for tanker drivers fuels shortage” »

News: Former Navistar MD returns to MTU Detroit Diesel


Kevin Dennis

Former Navistar managing director Kevin Dennis will return to MTU Detroit Diesel Australia to head up its on-highway business.

Dennis assumes responsibility for the on-highway business and dealer network, from October 20.

He will manage all Australia/New Zealand/Pacific on-highway sales and dealer development, as well as product and technical support functions. Continue reading “Former Navistar MD returns to MTU Detroit Diesel” »

News: Diversification is key to strong Fulton Hogan profit


Roading company Fulton Hogan has reported strong returns thanks to its diversification into water, rail, and airports which now makes up 10 to 15% of its business.

Although the group’s order book is down and revenue has fallen due to the strong New Zealand dollar and a reduction of construction business in Australia, the company’s reported earnings of $303.8 million (before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation) is up 43% from the previous corresponding period.

Net profit after tax was $138.2 million, in comparison to $96.5 million in the previous corresponding period, and $7.9 million in the previous corresponding period before that. Continue reading “Diversification is key to strong Fulton Hogan profit” »

News: One tunnel built, now one to go


The first of the twin road tunnels that will connect Auckland’s southwestern and northwestern motorways as part of the NZ Transport Agency’s Waterview Connection project has been built.

Alice, the tunnel boring machine, broke into daylight this afternoon, at the end of her 10-month 2.4km underground journey from Owairaka to Waterview.

The tunnel is the tenth largest diameter tunnel in the world and the longest road tunnel in New Zealand. Once opened in 2017, it will carry three lanes of southbound traffic up to 40 metres below Avondale and Waterview in west Auckland. Continue reading “One tunnel built, now one to go” »

News: Construction is key Canterbury economic driver


The ‘Cantometer’ index rose to a fresh high of 1.9 in September, compared to the previous high of 1.8 in August, reflecting the role of increased building construction as a key economic driver in the region.

“Construction activity continues to stand out with continued gains across both residential and non-residential construction,” says ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley.

“An increase in major construction projects is a good sign as businesses begin to feel more confident about committing to large-scale projects. Continue reading “Construction is key Canterbury economic driver” »

News: Five more people inducted into transport Hall of Fame

GNEMA210612Five new inductees have been honoured for their contribution to the road transport industry in New Zealand at the NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame Awards in Invercargill.

The five inductees include one posthumous award, that of Les Cleveland. His award was accepted by his daughter, Shirley McLennan. All other inductees were present this year with family and friends also attending the ceremony at the Bill Richardson transport museum.

The full list of 2014 inductees follows: Continue reading “Five more people inducted into transport Hall of Fame” »

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