Schmitz Cargobull wins “Green Truck Future Innovation” Award

Schmitz Cargobull wins “Green Truck Future Innovation” Award

VerkehrsRundschau and TRUCKER have awarded Schmitz Cargobull the “Green Truck Future Innovation” Award 2019 for its EcoDuo long HGV concept. The market leader convinced the expert jury with the vehicle combination which is capable of achieving CO2 savings of 25% for long-distance international freight transport. During the kick-off event for the transport logistic trade show in Munich, the editorial officers awarded the coveted environmental prize for the ninth time in eight categories: Truck, Light Truck, Van, Innovation, Future Innovation, Trailer Innovation, Body Solution as well as Logistics Solution. Boris Billich, Sales Director at Schmitz Cargobull AG, accepted the award from Gerhard Grünig, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. With the EcoDuo concept, Schmitz Cargobull advocates the Europe-wide introduction of a transport concept which places no further burden on the existing infrastructure and reduces CO2 emissions despite the rising transport volumes, while also taking into account current trailer and logistics standards in the transport industry and is optimally designed for point-to-point transport using the primary road network. “We are very pleased to receive this award and truly stand behind this concept. This vehicle combination is currently only used in Scandinavia and is being tested in individual European countries. However, we regard the EcoDuo concept as an ecologically and economically efficient Europe-wide transport solution over the long term,” explains Billich. The EcoDuo system consists of two standard curtainsider semi-trailers connected via a dolly and coupled to a tractor unit. The total tractor-trailer weight of the tractor unit and the first trailer remains unchanged at 40 tonnes and the train weight of the second trailer can vary to up to 36 tonnes, which complies with...
Hyva awarded ‘Best Managed Company 2019’ by Deloitte

Hyva awarded ‘Best Managed Company 2019’ by Deloitte

Hyva has won a Best Managed Companies Award, for companies with headquarters in The Netherlands. Deloitte was impressed by Hyva’s global presence and praises the structural approach and processes in the company. Best Managed Companies is an initiative of Deloitte, a global consulting and financial advisory group. The programme, which aims to challenge and recognise the overall strength of successful privately-owned companies while guiding and recognising their leadership teams, was introduced in The Netherlands in 2007 and rolled out globally in 2011. “We are very proud to have won this prestigious award,” commented Marco Mazzu, CEO of Hyva. “The award recognises the consistency of our performance based on a sustainable business strategy. Our management team and all of our employees are commended for their efforts.” Evaluation of nominee companies for the award is guided by the Business Maturity Model (BMM) which is based on the premise that organisational balance results in greater efficiency and better performance. The model analyses five company pillars: Strategy & Policy-making, Organisation & Processes, Operation & Control, Information Technology, and People & Culture. It also considers aspects such as sustainability, competitive pressure, financial performances, client satisfaction and innovative capital. Catharina Monster, Chief HR Officer and Leader of Sustainability of Hyva added, “This Best Managed Companies designation adds an independent quality label for our organisation. And, it opens up valuable networking opportunities with other exceptional business leaders and strong private companies.” Hyva was also nominated for a second award in the Sustainability category. Hyva’s achievements in sustainability were also illustrated by the new Hyva KENNIS e-Power crane which operates on electric power, rather than conventional diesel...
The new Hyva KENNIS e-Power crane

The new Hyva KENNIS e-Power crane

KENNIS, a Hyva crane brand with a long heritage in the Transportation and Construction sectors, has introduced the new Hyva KENNIS e-Power rolloader crane, featuring an electric powertrain, rather than a conventional diesel powertrain. On this crane, the electric engine unit is comprised of a battery pack, an electric motor, and a smart electronic control system which optimises power supply and allows the batteries to be re-charged while the vehicle is in motion. This electric system means that the crane can be operated when the truck engine is switched off. e-Power packages will be available in both light-duty and heavy-duty versions, each with stationary plug-in charging solution and stationary with on-road charging options. Electric power, rather than conventional diesel power, offers considerable additional benefits including improved energy efficiency and lower environmental impact – no exhaust fume emissions and lower noise levels. It also provides a much healthier working environment for crane operators as they no longer need to work with the noise and exhaust fumes from a diesel engine. The electric crane solution is ideal for urban areas. e-Power will help meet increasingly demanding environmental regulations, and, for the customer there are direct tax benefits in some countries, such as the Netherlands. Hyva’s electric initiative recognises customer demand for electrically operated vehicles and is responding to increasingly strict environmental regulation on diesel exhaust emissions and noise pollution. The new Hyva KENNIS e-Power crane (16-R) was well received at Bauma 2019 and was the star attraction of the KENNIS display at the 25th anniversary event of JKB Transporttechniek BV, one of Hyva’s long term partners in the...
Mobile Bank

Mobile Bank

Serco has seen growing demand for its custom designed events vehicles with the latest initiative being a mobile bank to be used as a back-up or disaster relief unit in emergencies. The vehicle was ordered by a prominent bank for use in a neighbouring country. The vehicle is part of an initiative to provide added support in the event of a disaster.  Should a branch be impacted for any reason, the mobile unit will be sent and can take over the functions which it is fully equipped to do. The mobile unit built and designed according to the bank specifications in Serco’s Durban factory using state-of-the-art Protec steel panels, has capacity and facilities for two ATM’s and bullet proof booths for three fully functional tellers. The injected foam core panels with steel facings have been increased from the standard to ensure heightened safety and security. Further features on the vehicle include CCTV cameras, ablution facilities, tanks for fresh and grey water, a kitchenette, air conditioning, a generator, and a fold out satellite dish on the roof. Serco Managing Director Clinton Holcroft said the mobile unit built in a relatively short period of three months, considering the complex design work, showcases our ability to design sophisticated vehicles and add custom features, equipment and finishes taking into account the client’s requirements and corporate image”. An exterior and an interior photograph of the Mobile...
SRSA tackles township unemployment by supporting entrepreneurship

SRSA tackles township unemployment by supporting entrepreneurship

In an effort to drive sustainable township entrepreneurship, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA) manufacturer of the iconic Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken Tyre brands has partnered with the KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (KZN EDTEA) and iThala Development Finance Corporation in KwaZulu-Natal. The partnership will see a minimum of 25 containerised tyre fitment operations established across KZN, creating employment for approximately 100 youth, women and enterprising entrepreneurs. Speaking at the official launch of Isaac’s Tyres, the newest Dunlop Container business situated in the Gamalakhe Township on the KZN South Coast on Thursday, 25 April 2019, KZN EDTEA MEC, Mr Sihle Zikalala said: “We want to thank Sumitomo Rubber for lending a hand in the fight that the government is leading against unemployment and especially the unemployment of our youth. Unemployment statistics currently sit at around 27% with close to 75% of that being young people in rural areas and in the townships. We recognise that we cannot grow the economy without the private sector, and we thank SRSA for investing in our province.” The Dunlop Container project was established in 2013 to drive sustainable township entrepreneurship and promote safety on the road using a model that has been tried and tested. Through the programme selected informal tyre businesses trading out of shipping containers are transformed into Dunlop branded tyre fitment centres. Technical tyre training and mentorship is provided by Sumitomo Rubber, ensuring business sustainability and serving to counter the growing number of illegal and dangerous second-hand tyres being sold to consumers. “SRSA and the Dunlop Brand have a proud legacy of supporting economic growth, upliftment and...
Serco Builds Egg Transporter for Zambia

Serco Builds Egg Transporter for Zambia

Serco has yet another highly satisfied customer – Golden Lay Ltd in Zambia. Serco fitted insulated bodies on two Tata chassis as well as facilitated vehicle branding on the vehicles. All this was accomplished within a week! It was new business for Serco and if the “happy client” feedback is anything to go by, will be the start of a long term relationship into the future. Golden Lay produces, supplies and distributes table eggs throughout Zambia and into neighbouring countries.  Founded in 2005, the company sells products through large retailers and wholesalers to formal and informal markets. Managing Director of Golden Lay, South African born Gys White, said “I had previous dealings with Serco when I was in the Cape and was thus aware of their excellent workmanship and outstanding efficiency,” said White.  “So when Golden Lay decided to replace two of its old steel body vehicles I knew we need look no further than Serco to get the job done properly. And we are very pleased with the work Serco has done for us,” he said. The insulated bodies will keep the eggs at constant room temperature while being transported. Serco sales executive Steve Davenport said work started on fitting the pre-assembled bodies on the chassis on a Monday and by the Friday the job was done and dusted – including the sign writing – and the vehicles were on their way back to Zambia. White, who recently toured Serco’s Johannesburg factory and left very impressed – said the two new vehicles were now “the best” in the Golden Lay fleet. Golden Lay’s egg carrier that was built...