IVECO ready for new German subsidies with full range of eligible CNG and LNG trucks

IVECO ready for new German subsidies with full range of eligible CNG and LNG trucks

German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure’s announcement of new subsidies for energy-efficient and low CO2 trucks confirms the country is embracing Natural Gas as a solution to pollution. IVECO is ready to help transport operators access new funding and convert their fleet to Natural Gas with its full range of eligible CNG and LNG trucks. IVECO Natural Power Tour 2018 kicks off in Dortmund and will tour Germany until October, offering demonstrations and test-drives of the full range of CNG and LNG vehicles. Yesterday’s announcement of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure submission of new subsidies to promote environmentally friendly trucks indicates that the country is embracing Natural Gas as a solution to address pollution on its roads. Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, stated: “We want to help logistics operators to switch to environmentally-friendly trucks. Everyone will benefit from the change: the transport companies, the environment and the residents along particularly polluted roads.” The Ministry has made a significant commitment to supporting this energy transition, and has set aside 10 million Euros in 2018 alone to fund the programme, which will run until at least 2020. The funding guidelines focus on heavy freight transport with trucks above 7.5 tonnes powered by Natural Gas, as well as specific electric drives. The subsidy amounts to 8,000 Euros for CNG and 12,000 Euros for LNG, with a ceiling of 500,000 Euros per company. This maximum amount of the funding will allow the development of the refuelling infrastructure, as it means subsidizing a company’s purchase of 40 to 60 Natural Gas vehicles – the...
Daimler Trucks: unit sales up in 2017

Daimler Trucks: unit sales up in 2017

Deliveries in first eleven months up by 12 percent compared with prior-year period Unit sales better than expected at beginning of year, positive development especially in North America and Indonesia, but also in many other countries and regions Successful defense of market leadership in core markets Europe, North America and Brazil Further consolidation of technological leadership: first deliveries to customers of fully electric trucks, deployment of digitally connected trucks in so-called platoons on public highways now also in the United States Stuttgart – Daimler Trucks increased its worldwide deliveries in the first eleven months of 2017 by 12 percent year on year to 422,500 units, despite the continuation of disparate market conditions. Until the end of November, more trucks were delivered than in the whole of last year. In full-year 2016, the Daimler truck division sold approximately 415,100 vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz, FUSO, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses and BharatBenz brands worldwide. On the basis of initial December data, Daimler Trucks assumes that it will end the full year with unit sales in the magnitude of 465,000 vehicles (2016: 415,100). The final sales figures will be available at Daimler’s annual press conference on February 1, 2018. “For full-year 2017, we at Daimler Trucks anticipate unit sales in the magnitude of 465,000 trucks – significantly more than in the previous year and significantly more than we expected at the beginning of the year. This is only possible with leading products and an excellent international team – especially with an ongoing situation of weak tailwinds from our markets. I thank all our employees for their outstanding efforts,” stated Martin Daum,...
Coega employee aims for the top in academic achievements

Coega employee aims for the top in academic achievements

The Coega Development Corporation’s (CDC) Lumka Salamntu, CDC Analyst, recently received the honour of joining the Golden Key International Honour Society in Cape Town. The Golden Key International Honour Society is an internationally recognised, non-profit organization affiliated with over 400 universities throughout Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Bahamas and the United States. The society’s mission is to enable members to realise their potential by connecting achievement along with service and lifelong opportunities. According to Salamntu, being a part of this society means being exposed to the top achievers in the world and being able to learn how they have implemented what they learned. To be part of this international society, one has to be in the top 15% of respective degree programmes. “It takes a lot of sacrifice and effort to become a top achiever and envisioning the end result is what keeps me going,” said Salamntu. The CDC has contributed immensely to this honour as it has provided Salamntu with financial support, as well as allowing her time off work to pursue her studies. “The organisation by all means allows development for its employees. Without CDC’s contribution in my journey, I wouldn’t have achieved half of what I did,” added Salamntu. Being a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society offers many opportunities for scholarships and encourages members to study abroad as well. Salamntu has a B.Com in Economics & Information Systems; has obtained a postgraduate diploma in Business Analysis and Systems Analysis. Recently, she obtained her Master’s degree in Information Systems. Salamntu is currently working towards a PhD in Information Systems. Adding...
Travelling like royalty in Thailand

Travelling like royalty in Thailand

From Bangkok to Mae-Sot, to Mukdahan in the north-east or to Phuket in the south – buses are among the most popular modes of transport in Thailand, a fact reflected by an accordingly well-developed route network. The provinces and cities of the country are connected by the buses of the state-owned Transport Company Ltd. The bus company has recently put 38 new coaches into operation in order to provide its passengers with maximum comfort and safety, even during long journeys. The coaches are based on the MAN R37 24.460 HOCLN-R three-axle chassis and have been produced in cooperation with a local Thai body manufacturer. “This project enabled us to create a convincing reference case with regard to future orders from Thai transport companies,” says Christian Schuf, head of bus sales at MAN Truck & Bus Asia Pacific. The MAN R37 24.460 HOCLN-R chassis is powered by a common rail engine with 460 hp (338 kW). The automated 12-speed MAN TipMatic Coach transmission reduces fuel consumption and together with the steered tag axle facilitates manoeuvring for the driver. According to MAN, these intercity buses are clean, quiet and fuel-saving vehicles that protect residents and the environment. Safety and comfort are ensured by the electronic brake system (EBS) with ABS and ASR, the retarder fitted as standard and the electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS). The 42 ergonomically designed individual seats offer comfort and legroom, ensuring that even after long journeys passengers reach their destination feeling relaxed. Archive 2018June Warning: Use of undefined constant url - assumed 'url' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /usr/www/users/truckswjmh/integration/subscribeform.snippet.php on line...
R800m City Deep Terminal upgrade

R800m City Deep Terminal upgrade

TRANSNET has completed an R800 million upgrade of the City Deep Container Terminal in Johannesburg, the company said on Thursday. This is as the company steps up the drive to move rail-friendly cargo off the roads. According to Transnet, the investment doubled capacity to 400 000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEUs) per annum, confirming City Deep’s status as Africa’s biggest inland port. The upgrade at City Deep was intended to create a modern terminal that includes the replacement of all container-handling equipment with new state-of-the-art equipment, rail mounted gantries, reach stackers, container handlers and installation of the Navis terminal operating system, with the same platform as marine ports, among others. Transnet acting Group Chief Executive Siyabonga Gama led the celebration, which was attended by hundreds of employees from the terminal, customers and suppliers. Speaking at the launch, Gama applauded Freight Rail’s Containers and Automotive Business for consistently wrestling market share from trucks. “Over the last couple of years, we have been growing this business at levels several times higher than economic growth rates. As a result of these improvements, we can now offer our customers a vastly improved service – thanks to our reliable and efficient new equipment. “Because of the additional stacking capacity, we are able to tailor-make and customise storage solutions for our big volume customers – especially fast-moving consumer goods,” said Gama. The terminal, which is operated by Transnet Freight Rail, handles about 60% of container volumes from the ports of Cape Town, Durban and Ngqura in and out of Gauteng. The terminal also functions as an interchange for traffic destined for inland provinces and neighbouring...
Fuel storage project launched in Cape Town

Fuel storage project launched in Cape Town

THE R650 million Burgan Cape Terminals fuel storage project – which will create 350 new local jobs – has been launched in Cape Town. The Burgan Cape Terminals was launched by Trade and Industry Director General Lionel October and the Dutch Minister of Agriculture and State Secretary of Economic Affairs Martin Van Dam on Thursday. The facility has a storage capacity of 118 670 m3 and includes a five bay road truck loading gantry. Speaking at the launch, Director General October said the Burgan Cape Terminals was an Operation Phakisa project and a good example of how the state and private sector can work together in achieving strategic objectives. “Following the launch of Operation Phakisa in 2014, this is the first major project to be rolled out in the port of Cape Town. The infrastructure is critical to the security of fuel in the Western Cape region and will … support the economic growth of the region,” said October. He further welcomed the partnership that has been established between Dutch terminal operator VTTI, Thebe Energy, a subsidiary of Thebe Investments and Jicarro a 100% black owned entity. Minister Van Dam congratulated the partnership, saying it was fitting that a Dutch company such as VTTI which has a long history of port operations, logistics and distribution in the oil and gas sector is part of the Burgan Terminal project. He welcomed the partnership between the Port of Cape Town and the Port of Rotterdam. The project is expected to create around 350 new skilled and unskilled local jobs during the construction phase and will be completed in 2017. Director General...