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New Zealand production of AdBlue is being ramped up at the Ballance Agri Nutrients Kapuni plant in Taranaki as international supplies remain tight.

And NZ distributors say there is sufficient supply – providing users don’t panic buy.

A halt on urea exports from China last year has sent AdBlue/DEF fluid manufacturers scouring the globe for automotive grade urea – the raw material needed to make the AdBlue used in the emissions control systems of modern diesel engines.

Ballance Agri Nutrients says it has increased local production of its GoClear-branded AdBlue while other local distributors are searching global supply chains for alternative sources. Indications are Chi...

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New Zealand’s “largest temperature-controlled transport business” – Hall’s Group’s refrigerated transport and Icepak cold storage and logistics operation – is apparently in the throes of being bought by agribusiness giant Talley’s Group.

NZ Truck & Driver understands that Hall’s advised employees and owner-drivers in early November that the board had accepted an offer for the sale of its transport and storage businesses to Talley’s Group.

The sale would become effective later in November and was considered by Hall’s to be “great news” for the businesses – allowing the company to more confidently pursue growth plans.

NZ Truck & Driver sought comment and confirmation f...

NZ Truck & Driver News - December 2021

A MULTI-COMPANY $50million investment will establish an initial North Island network of hydrogen refuelling stations to support zero emissions fuel cell electric trucks within the next 12 months. 

And truck and trailer lease and rental giant TR Group confirms that it has ordered 20 Hyzon hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty tractor units – scheduled for delivery in New Zealand in the same timeframe.

The Hyzon FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) are based on a NZ-spec DAF CF 6x4 chassis – with 600 horsepower and a 58-tonne gross combination rating.

They will be capable of a 600-kilometre range between refuelling stops. The trucks will store hydrogen in multiple tanks, a...

NZ Truck & Driver News - December 2021

Job vacancies are being filled, dirt is being shifted and trees planted as a big summertime push begins at the Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway project.

Construction of the important new section of State Highway 3 – linking Woodville and Ashhurst – began in January 2021 and more than 650,000 cubic metres of earth were moved in the first phase of construction during the year.

“Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance team is on track with recruitment and, by December 2021, we expect to have a full earthworks contingent working on the project,” says Grant Kauri, the project’s owner interface manager. 

“The drier months are typically when we have the opportunity to move...

NZ Truck & Driver News - December 2021

New Zealand’s hydrogen fuel cell electric truck era is dawning with the November arrival of the first Hyundai XCIENT FCEV.

Hyundai NZ’s first fuel cell truck is being readied for evaluation and demonstration assignments, starting in the second quarter of 2022.

Meanwhile, four more hydrogen-fuelled XCIENTs will arrive during the year.

Their presence on Kiwi roads in 2022 will position NZ at the forefront of Hyundai’s global hydrogen push: The only other locations so far with fuel cell XCIENTs involved in road trials are Switzerland and South Korea.

The South Korean-built 6x2 rigid will be converted to right-hand-drive here and will have a locally-built body fitt...

NZ Truck & Driver News - December 2021

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