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Paneltex Martrans, trg Logistics, Smith Electric and JCB

Trailer manufacturer Paneltex Martrans showed its latest walking floor trailers at Tip-Ex, the exhibition dedicated to the tipping industry held 30 May-1 June.  

Through working closely with major aggregate producers in the UK, Paneltex Martrans refined the design of its established Lo-Tip walking floor light-weight bulk trailer, to enhance the performance and effectiveness of these trailers while significantly reducing the trailer tare weight. The trailer now only weighs 7,500kgs.

The new design features a plank-sided body and Domex steel chassis. A clever re-design of the sweep retraction mechanism means a reduction in overall length, whilst maintaining a 25 cubic metre capacity. The hydraulic system has also been upgraded to cope with a greater pump capacity and oil flow rate, which gives faster operation of the floor mechanism and lower oil temperature. Safety features have also been enhanced.

Smith Electric, producer of all-electric medium-duty commercial vehicles, has now produced over 700 of its all-electric Edison and Newton trucks.

According to Smith Electric, its growing demand is driven by its customers’ recognition of the significant economic and environmental benefits of short-haul fleet electrification. The company said customers who work with Smith Electric to transform their fleets save an estimated 70% annually on fuel and maintenance during the life of the vehicle and eliminate all vehicle-based emissions.

Smith Electric chief executive Bryan Hansel said: “We do not think in terms of the truck; we think in terms of full end-to-end fleet transformation and all its associated benefits. This delivers substantial economic and commercial benefits for our customers and helps drive the growing demand for our product. With these important milestones achieved, Smith will be positioned to move fully into commercial scale manufacturing and enable electric fleet transformations around the world. Most importantly, we have first mover advantage in a vast global market for full fleet transformation. We look forward to the future with confidence.”

The company, which has a manufacturing facility in Newcastle, believes that short haul urban transport is the current greatest market opportunity for fleet electrification - a market in which operator demand, logistical viability, political support and environmental benefit are all aligned.

JCB has announced plans to begin production of six cylinder engines with the addition of the JCB Dieselmax 672 to engine line-up.

The introduction of the new 6 cylinder engine represents an investment of around £45 million and according to the manufacturer, by the time it goes into full production, its launch will have created more than 50 new jobs.

JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said: “In a relatively short space of time we have become a major producer of engines and today more than 70% of JCB’s machines are powered by the engines we manufacture. The move into 6 cylinder engine production is a historic moment for our business and a natural step to take and we look forward to setting new standards in performance and fuel efficiency.”

The company produced its first engine in the UK in November 2004.

Logistics recruitment company trg Logistics has opened its seventh and latest branch in Luton, Beds. This is a result of the recent acquisition of local company Innov8 Recruitment. The branch has now been completely rebranded under the national trg umbrella, with plans in place to expand its programme for the supply and recruitment of HGV drivers in the area.

The Luton branch now has over 90 drivers on its books, with trg already looking to increase this number in the near future. Nick Gordon, trg Logistics chief executive said: “Following our recent acquisition of Innov8 Recruitment, existing customers have welcomed the added benefits that the Luton branch can now provide as a result of being part of the much larger trg Group of Companies. Ideally located, we have ambitious plans ahead for the branch as it is now part of the UK’s fastest growing national driver supply company.”

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