News: CAT hits the road

The first CAT badged truck has arrived in New Zealand, and will be going on an 11-stop roadshow to demonstrate the new vehicle.

CAT on-road trucks have been sold in Australia since 2010 and are now available in New Zealand. The Gough Group will be distributing the truck brand, which will include tractor and rigid truck and trailer combinations.

Karl Smith, chief executive of the Gough Group says: “The CAT CT630, which uses the industry-proven CAT C15 engine, will be of great interest to customers who know its fantastic reputation for fuel efficiency, reliability and durability, in addition to its many comfort, control and safety features, which are well suited to the needs of New Zealand drivers and fleets.

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News: MIMICO comes to Auckland

Mimico has opened up a branch in Auckland as part of a move to develop a nationwide service network, and it joins existing centres in Christchurch and Palmerston North.

The new suite is in Takanini and includes a workshop, parts supply and sales offices. The building is shared by sister company Crane Sales New Zealand Limited.

The addition of the new site follows the acquisition of distributorship for Kobelco excavators. Other brands sold and serviced from the new centre include Metso crushers and screens, Atlas Copco rock breakers and ZF transmission components.

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News: Change on way for Australia’s heavy trucking industry

Australia’s transport ministers have voted unanimously in favour of changes to a higher-productivity vehicle scheme which will deliver a safer, more productive and sustainable transport industry.

“The changes will encourage industry to use safer and more efficient vehicles on our roads,” says Nick Dimopoulos, National Transport Commision chief executive.

“Changes to the performance-based standards (PBS) scheme will give industry greater certainty of access and operational flexibility and result in a range of benefits to the community.
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News: HPMVs good for the economy – report

Good progress is being made implementing the Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Rule to the benefit of the economy, according to an independent report commissioned by the Ministry of Transport and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA).

The Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Amendment Rule 2010 (VDM Rule) came into effect in May 2010, allowing for high productivity motor vehicles (HPMVs) to carry longer and/or heavier loads by way of a permit.

The independent report on implementation progress has estimated the use of HPMVs generated approximately $9 million of national economic benefits during the VDM Rule’s first year. This is on track with expectations. Gross domestic product (GDP) gains are likely to be substantially higher than $9 million as the national benefits flow through the economy. Continue reading “HPMVs good for the economy – report” »

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Statistics: New truck sales rise

The new truck and bus market is seeing sales on the rise as the figures for February show.

In the same month in 2011, 209 units were sold in New Zealand, while in February this year 235 units (over 3500 kgs) were sold, for a gain of 14% overall.

The new truck market is looking especially healthy for the big players, with Mitsubishi Fuso moving up three sales to finish February 2012 on 38 units, for a market share of 16.2%. Continue reading “New truck sales rise” »

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News: New opportunity at Central Districts Field Days

The Central Districts Field Days at Manfeild, will increase its pull further this year with an event that showcases something dear to every farmers heart.

The CASE IH Tractor Pull is a demonstration of the power some of the country’s most powerful farm machines, and has proven very popular since it began in 2010, and this year has some added potential.

This time the event will kick off with a business house challenge for event exhibitors on opening day, March 15. Continue reading “New opportunity at Central Districts Field Days” »

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News: Trucks and equipment shine in Turners result

Turners Auctions has beaten a ‘challenging’ used car market to post a 22% gain in aftertax profit according to results released late last month – quoting its truck and commercial operation as a growth area.

The company has reported a 2011 net profit after tax of $3.7 million, up 22% on revenue of $75 million, a gain of 7%.

In its release, company reported growth in its auction business, despite the “challenging nature of the used car business”.
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News: RTF responds to new RUC regs

While Tony Milham of A One Movers has been vocal about the changes to the RUC regulations that would see trucks charged in a series of weight bands rather than operator nominated rates, the RTF has been more circumspect, according to Road Transport Forum chief executive officer Ken Shirley.

The reasoning, according to Shirley, is that the RTF is working hard behind the scenes to effect a change in the RUC system which recently passed into law.

The RTF acknowledges that the new system is unfair to many truck operators and not only the ones that tend to cube out before reaching GVM.
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News: Changes looming for refrigerants and ETS

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will next be focused on the importation of refrigerants, with the phasing out of R22 and mandatory compliance in 2013.

In addition to that a levy is planned that will affect every jug of refrigerant entering New Zealand, and it could be as high as $1068 per jug.

UCFC refrigerants, including R22 and R406a were included in the 1992 revision of the Montreal Protocol, which set import levels to those of 1996 levels, and must be phased out by 2014. The refrigerants can still be sold and used, but not imported into the country.
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News: Water in diesel, but in a good way

Usually water in diesel is a serious problem, but one company in Kapiti is purposefully adding water to diesel to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Blended Fuel Systems has joined up with US-based Alternative Petroleum Technologies to introduce water into diesel in a way that is actually beneficial to the engine.

Blended Fuel Solutions managing director Leigh Ramsey says that the water is encased in small droplets, rather than taking up a fixed volume in the diesel. Much like water injection, the mixture cools the intake charge, increasing the density of the incoming air and reducing pollutants.

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