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Gender equality is as-yet unusual in the road transport industry, but Transport Repairs Blenheim is leading by example. 

Of the eight-strong staff, four are women – branch manager Steph Foulsham, parts interpreter Kayla O’Donoghue, service adviser Tori Armstrong and apprentice mechanic Shavaughn Baker...making for a perfect 50/50 ratio.

Steph took on the role knowing she would be the first woman branch manager in the company and also knowing it would bring her some challenges. 

She admits that when former general manager Mike Webster asked her how she’d feel about taking over the branch she instantly felt nervous: “All of the other branch managers are male ...

NZ Truck & Driver News - May 2021

In the wake of public criticism in Italy, the giant CNH Industrial says it has ended discussions about selling its Iveco truck business to Chinese company FAW Jiefang.

CNH says though that it will continue “to pursue its existing plans for a spinoff of these activities in early 2022.”

In a statement, the company added: “CNH Industrial believes there are significant opportunities to develop its on-highway business by accelerating the deployment of ever more sustainable transport solutions and infrastructure, in line with the EU’s Green Deal ambitions.”

Two weeks earlier, Italy’s League party leader Matteo Salvini urged the Italian Government to stop Iveco from being s...

NZ Truck & Driver News - May 2021

Seven-time Aussie Supercars champion Jamie Whincup has swapped his Red Bull Ampol Racing Holden for a new Mercedes-Benz Actros.

Whincup IS retiring from fulltime racing after this season. And he DOES have a multi-combination heavy vehicle licence…. 

But this was a strictly temporary switch. He was on hand when the team collected the keys to the Actros, which will pull the team’s transporter to all of the Australian race meetings this year – carrying his car and that of team-mate (and 2016 champ, and current series leader) Shane van Gisbergen, plus their spares and the team’s tools and equipment.

And he took the opportunity to take the tractor unit for a quick dr...

NZ Truck & Driver News - May 2021

New Zealand’s biggest distribution centre – the 13th biggest single-roof warehouse in the world, in fact – has gone into operation in Auckland for Foodstuffs North Island.

The state-of-the-art DC is 100 metres long, covers 77,500 square metres (about the size of eight football fields) and its outside perimeter stretches 1.3 kilometres.

It has the capacity to accommodate almost 80,000 pallets, 14,700 of them on the largest bank of semi-automated satellite racking in NZ – a system that uses remote-controlled shuttles to handle pallets within the racking.

The DC is equipped with an all-electric fleet of lift trucks and forklifts. The 25 reach trucks are fitted with came...

NZ Truck & Driver News - May 2021

The new Volvo FM has won a prestigious international design prize – the Red Dot Award 2021’s Product Design category for commercial vehicles. 

Volvo says that it designed the new FM “with an uncompromising purpose: To be the optimal work tool for a wide range of transport assignments, with the driver always the primary focus.”

Its development followed extensive surveys and customer interviews, “which confirmed the importance of the driver’s contribution to transport companies’ profitability and image. The design team therefore set out to design the best mobile office in the industry, resulting in a versatile truck that is agile, spacious and, most importantly, safe an...

NZ Truck & Driver News - May 2021

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