News: Using Volkswagen settlement funds for diesel development

A US non-profit is calling for more trust funds from the Volkswagen diesel payout given to the development of cleaner and greener diesel technology.

“Clean diesel technology is the best choice for mitigating nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions in the USA as part of the Volkswagen environmental mitigation trust,” says the Diesel Technology Forum.

At the 2017 energy policy outlook conference hosted by the National Association of State Energy Officials, Diesel Technology Forum policy director Ezra Finkin told the gathering that replacing the oldest and largest diesel engines first is critical. Continue reading “Using Volkswagen settlement funds for diesel development” »

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News: Toyota Australia building Tonka-inspired Hilux concept

Toyota Australia is creating a dream toy for grown-ups: a life-size Tonka truck based on a 2.8-litre Toyota Hilux SR5 4×4 Double Cab ute.

The Tonka-inspired Toyota HiLux monster truck is the brainchild of Toyota Australia’s in-house designers, and it will soon become a reality as a one-off, fully driveable concept car.

It will feature all-new underpinnings including custom suspension and large wheels and tyres. Continue reading “Toyota Australia building Tonka-inspired Hilux concept” »

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News: DIESELtalk February magazine available for download now!

The February 2017 issue of DIESELtalk magazine is now available for download.

The new year has kicked off with a bang, and the February 2017 issue of DIESELtalk carries the latest round of industry statistics, news, comment and opinion to keep you up to date.

Our editorial feature this month focusses on cranes, and we also have a preview of the forthcoming four-yearly transport and heavy equipment expo (THE Expo) which is taking place at the Mystery Creek events centre on March 2 and 3.

Inside this month’s issue: Continue reading “DIESELtalk February magazine available for download now!” »

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News: MITO hands out scholarships

Forty-five people working in the automotive, transport, logistics and industrial textile fabrication industries have been awarded scholarships by MITO.

The industry training organisation hopes the scholarships will help the winners develop by contributing to apprenticeships, training programmes and business management qualifications.

“We continue to receive an extremely high number of applications for our annual scholarship programme and the selection process becomes harder and more competitive each year,” MITO chief executive Janet Lane says. Continue reading “MITO hands out scholarships” »

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News: Temporary bridges allow traffic flow on alternative route

Two temporary bridges on the alternative state highway route between Picton and Christchurch will improve safety and reduce travel times while repairs to State Highway 1 are underway.

The new Bailey bridges (temporary steel structures) have been installed alongside permanent one-way bridges at Upper Buller and Homestead Creek west of St Arnaud, allowing traffic to flow safely in both directions at all times.

A third duplicate Bailey bridge has also been installed at Speargrass Creek and will open to traffic later this month. Continue reading “Temporary bridges allow traffic flow on alternative route” »

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News: KiwiRail boosting big ship handling

KiwiRail is expanding its ability to meet growing demand from customers with the completion of two new sidings at its Southdown Freight Hub in Auckland.

A ten day, 24-hour operation over the holiday period transformed two new sidings (short tracks).

This new infrastructure will ensure the efficient transfer of freight around the North Island and works with the new mega container ships now calling on the Port of Tauranga. Continue reading “KiwiRail boosting big ship handling” »

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News: Truckometer shows economic growth easing off

The ANZ Truckometer shows economic growth could be easing, with slight falls in January’s Heavy Traffic Index and Light Traffic Index.

The Heavy Traffic Index dipped 0.8% but continues an overall trend upward, while the Light Traffic Index fell 0.5% in January, flattening out overall.

“Given mounting evidence that the economy is attempting to grow faster than it sustainably can, we do expect to see growth ease over the course of this year, but to rates that are still more than respectable,” ANZ says. Continue reading “Truckometer shows economic growth easing off” »

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News: Strike action at Lyttleton Port

Industrial action looks set to go ahead at Lyttelton Port Co’s container terminal.

The Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) says staff it represents will be off the job on February 11 and 12, with another strike notice issued for February 17-19, Businessdesk reports.

“While negotiations this week have been positive, MUNZ has not been prepared to withdraw these strike notices,” port marketing manager Simon Munt says. Continue reading “Strike action at Lyttleton Port” »

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News: West Coast rail line to remain closed for six weeks

Freight and tourist trains won’t be running on the Christchurch-Greymouth rail line between Cass and Springfield for six weeks, due fire damage.

Damaged bridges, track and signal systems need to be repaired on The Midland line from Christchurch to Greymouth following a 300ha blaze over the weekend.

The fire has damaged bridges, track and signal systems and affected services including the renowned TranzAlpine journey, plus coal and dairy freight services. Continue reading “West Coast rail line to remain closed for six weeks” »

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News: Australian January 2017 truck sales up 21%

The total Australian truck market for January 2017 reached 1920 units, up 21.2% on the first month of 2016, according to new data from the Truck Industry Council (TIC).

Interestingly, the result for January 2017 is exactly the same as recorded for January 2007 – a year that went on to become Australia’s best ever for heavy vehicle sales.

The result does however fall short of the all-time best January on record in 2008 by 327 units, when 2247 heavy trucks and vans were delivered. Continue reading “Australian January 2017 truck sales up 21%” »

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