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Dangerous goods logistics and transport specialist Alexander Group has won the contract to distribute Rockgas bulk LPG nationwide.

To strengthen its bid for the work, Alexander Group has formed an alliance with the Taranaki-based transport operator, Symons Group, to service the Taranaki region. 

Rockgas, part of Firstgas Group, supplies LPG to more than 125,000 NZ customers. Alexander Group CEO Hayley Alexander says she believes “there were a few factors that helped to seal the deal – not least the company’s long track record in developing innovative transport and logistics solutions for its customers, especially in the dangerous goods sector.

“As one of the lar...

NZ Truck & Driver News - December 2021

A versatile low-emissions truck has been

launched by China’s Geely Holding Group – capable of running autonomously, powered by battery electric, methanol hybrid or range-extended battery electric.

Geely’s Farizon Auto commercial vehicle arm says its Homtruck is also capable of swapping its battery rather than stopping to recharge.

Farizon (short for Far Horizon) says the Homtruck – so-called because the designers aimed to make it a home away from home for long-haul drivers – is a next-generation, smart-energy truck.

Cab design features include soft-touch natural fabrics, sustainable plastics and bamboo-grain materials inspired by bamboo forests.

As well a...

NZ Truck & Driver News - December 2021

CAL Isuzu has completed a “significant upgrade” of facilities and new services at its Mount Maunganui branch.

The improvements include a new Certificate of Fitness inspection lane and pit, and the addition of two new service bays. 

The modernisation/upgrade adds to the established new truck sales, parts and service facilities (including engineering and electrical workshops) already offered at the site.

The changes have been made possible by the branch expanding into an existing building adjacent to its original premises.

Steve Hoyne, dealer principal of CAL Isuzu Tauranga, says the relocation of the parts department, service reception and customer parking ...

NZ Truck & Driver News - December 2021

Truck driver shortages around the world seem to have given a new impetus to the development of autonomous long-haul trucks – with a number of recent “driverless” truck milestones. 

Silicon Valley tech company Plus (formerly Plus.ai), has delivered the initial production batch of PlusDrive autonomous driving units to Chinese manufacturer FAW. The units will be fitted to FAW trucks to launch China’s first driver-in autonomous trucks.

The agreement sees Plus selling PlusDrive units to FAW, which will handle the installation of the autonomous driving technology on its factory production line. 

Plus co-founder and COO Shawn Kerrigan says that 2021 has been “a pa...

NZ Truck & Driver News - November 2021

A Waikato company has massively upscaled its tyre-recycling operation, installing a New Zealand-first, purposebuilt shredder-granulator plant that processes end-of-life waste tyres.

The 100-metre-long Shredwell processing plant, imported earlier this year in nine 40-foot containers, was commissioned last month at the Treadlite Industries NZ plant in Cambridge. 

The new machine can shred 5000 tyres a day and it’s estimated about 25% of them will have been discarded from the road transport industry. 

The high-grade granulated rubber it produces can be repurposed for diverse applications including artificial sports fields, construction, roading, specialised fl...

NZ Truck & Driver News - November 2021

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