New Appointments for Montgomery Distribution

new-appointmentsMontgomery Distribution are delighted to announce the following appointments:

1) Barry Sullivan has been appointed Depot Manager of the Ballyearl depot from 1st May. Jim McAteer is leaving the Company on 8th May for new challenges and we wish him every success in the future.

2) The Rugby Depot opens on 5th May; this is an exciting development for Montgomery Distribution as we develop our relationship with Palletways. The new team are settling in well and looking forward to the challenges ahead.

(L-R John Payne (Senior Planner), Jamie Tibbles (Depot Manager), Lloyd Clougher (Warehouse) Robert Gillespie (Traffic Planner))

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HTC Luton embrace DAF’s First Choice programme

HTC Luton has recently had considerable success offering DAF’s new quality used truck “First Choice” programme vehicles.

Neil Doyle, HTC Luton’s Aftersales Manager said “We are delighted to be able to offer great low mileage vehicles backed up by DAF’s class-leading warranty package”. He added” We are contracted to supply 2 units per month to Secure Mail to a total of 20 vehicles over the coming months”.

“First Choice” qualifying vehicles are under 5 years old with a maximum of 400,000km covered.

All DAF models – LF, CF and XF – are available for the First Choice programme, as long as they meet the strict criteria, offering operators a full spectrum of vehicles for every need.


DAF boosts Powerday’s efforts to produce ‘urban vehicle of the future with HTC

– London-based waste specialist takes first Euro-6 DAF LF skip chassis
– New DAF ‘fits vision of urban vehicle of the future’
– Powerday, DAF and Hyva collaboration

HTC customer, family-owned recycling and waste management specialist, Powerday in Harlesden, has taken on a new Euro-6 DAF LF 250 FA skip-loader chassis. The vehicles come with a bespoke specification which the company describes as fitting its ‘vision of the urban vehicle of the future’.

Equipment comprises a Hyva skip-loader body operated via new remote control technology, a four-camera ‘live streaming’ monitoring system, and filled-in side-underrun protection; all safety features which Powerday believes may one day be a standard requirement for inner city commercial vehicles. DAF Telematics is also installed.

Boasting truly impressive green credentials and compliant with a wide range of industry standards, including FORS Gold accreditation and CLOCS Champion status, Powerday says that DAF was instrumental in ‘spearheading the next generation of Powerday vehicles’.

“DAF is fully committed to what we want achieve,” said Transport Manager, Bill Cox, “and, together with Hyva, we have brought to fruition a vehicle which is not only Euro-6 compliant, the first on our fleet, but a truck that fits our vision of the urban vehicle of the future.”

Powerday has previous and excellent experience of DAF having taken 15 DAF LF 18-tonne skip vehicles in 2011. The latest Euro-6 LF, while showcasing Powerday’s credentials as one of the Capital’s most environmentally conscious fleet operators, is also being measured against the benchmark performance of its Euro-5 predecessors.

“Our prior DAF experience has been very positive indeed,” said Cox, “and from an operational point-of-view, our drivers appear extremely impressed with how the DAFs handle themselves around town.

“The wireless remote control that operates the skip loading equipment is, we believe, a step forward in the safer loading and unloading of skips,” added Cox, “giving the driver all-round vision of the operation instead of just one view from the side of the vehicle, thus ensuring a far safer proposition for both driver and bystanders.”

Powerday, with its claim of ‘100% recovery from waste 24/7’, boasts the largest and most efficient recycling plant in southern England. From its Old Oak Sidings site in north-west London, the company’s wharf may accommodate three 90ft barges at peak times, each carrying up to 80 tonnes of waste. Located next to Willesden junction, Powerday is able to rail-freight materials throughout the UK – equivalent to 70 truck-loads of material for a single rail-freight journey.

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Mercedes-Benz Citan is the perfect ingredient for Millie’s

Wellingborough-based Millie’s Café has hit upon the recipe for fuel-saving success in the shape of a pair of new Mercedes-Benz Vans.

So impressed is owner Bryan McCreery with his new Citan 109 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Compacts that he has already returned to Dealer Intercounty Truck & Van with an order for a third, identical vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz BlueEFFICIENCY models come as standard with a raft of measures intelligently combined to reduce both fuel consumption and carbon emissions. These include the Eco Start/Stop system which automatically cuts the engine when the vehicle is stationary, to prevent unnecessary and wasteful idling.

“Intercounty Truck & Van is a customer for which we deliver staff lunches and provide corporate catering services,” explained Mr McCreery. “When we set up our business in 2006 Mercedes-Benz did not offer a van that was the right size for our needs, but the Citan is perfect. We chose the Compact version as it offers enough space for our deliveries but doesn’t tempt our drivers to load up with more than they can sell!”

Launched in 2013 the Citan is the smallest van ever to wear a three-pointed star. “It’s smart, safe and easy to drive, while the fuel economy is superb,” said Mr McCreery.

“Although they are a similar size, the Citans are returning almost double the mpg of our previous vehicles. They’re also well-liked by our staff while the Mercedes-Benz badge helps to get us noticed – business has shot up by around 20% in the areas where they are working.”

As well as its mobile delivery fleet of five vans which serve customers across Northamptonshire, Millie’s runs a 40-seater café on the same Finedon Road Industrial Estate as Intercounty Truck & Van’s headquarters.


Williams Transport reaps the mpg benefit with Mercedes-Benz Actros

A ‘seed’ vehicle, planted in the fleet of Williams Transport by Mercedes-Benz Dealer Intercounty Truck & Van, bore fruit when the Cambridgeshire-based operator returned six months later with an order for a further 10 identical tractor units.

Key to its decision was the Actros 2545’s impressive fuel-efficiency. “That first truck averaged 8.25 mpg,” said Director Andy Williams. “This may not sound a lot but in our job it’s very good indeed, and a full mile per gallon better than the truck it replaced.”

Williams Transport has headquarters in Huntingdon and its new Actros are now hard at work hauling walking floor trailers on waste recycling contracts. All have flat-floored BigSpace cabs and are powered by 330 kW (449 hp) straight-six engines, which drive through smooth Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions.

Mr Williams recalled: “Intercounty’s sales executive Paul Hind persuaded us to try a Euro VI Actros, and we could see straight away that the fuel returns were markedly better than our average. As well as impressing in terms of fuel efficiency, the truck was also well liked by its driver.

“What’s more, the Actros looked great and we could see that the Mercedes-Benz build quality was extremely high, while Intercounty Truck & Van gave us all the assurances we needed about the quality of its back-up; we’ve since met several of its Directors and the whole team is clearly very professional. Although we hadn’t dealt with them before starting this process, we were more than happy to return with an order for a further 10 units.”

The Actros have joined a fleet of 65 trucks, the majority of them tractor units. They work across the South-East, and frequently in London where, in addition to constant stopping and starting in heavy traffic, they employ engine-driven PTOs to eject their loads of recyclable waste. Much of this is converted into combustible fuel for use in industrial applications.

“Our drivers are typically out for four or five nights a week so we like to give them comfortable, high-quality vehicles – we also specified factory-fitted fridges in the cabs,” concluded Mr Williams.

As well as excelling in terms of fuel efficiency, operating costs and driver comfort, the Mercedes-Benz Actros leads the field in terms of safety. Its standard-fit armoury of active and passive equipment includes an electropneumatic brake system (EPB) incorporating anti-lock braking (ABS) and anti-slip regulation (ASR), which brakes each wheel individually to make the most of available grip and minimise stopping distances.

EPB includes secondary braking – whether by engine brake or retarder – to further improve safety and reduce wear, while in the event of emergency braking the system automatically activates the hazard warning lights to warn following traffic, winning vital extra seconds that could help to prevent an accident. Other standard safety features include Stability Control Assist, a rain and light sensor and a seat-belt monitor.


You know when you’ve got it right when…

HTC Van Centres have won a tender to supply 97 vehicles to F M Conway. Justin Seal, HTC Van Centre director said “We won an order 18 months ago for 135 vehicles this included 69 Doblo’s 47 Ducato Tippers and 9 Ducato panel vans”. He added “The next batch of vehicles will include 40 Doblo Ecojet, 41 Ducato Tippers, 6 Ducato Traffic management vehicles and 10 Ducato panel vans”. All vans will be prepared in the factory to Conway’s bespoke colours.

HTC Van Centres strive to offer the very best in customer care, along with a great product, success is never far behind.

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Birds Transport – Iain Brown – Operations Director

iain-brownBirds Transport & Logistics have recently appointed Iain Brown as Operations Director.

Iain joins Birds from Palletline, where he was also the Operations Director. Prior to that he spent eight years with The Canute Group, during which time, he had full operational responsibility for sites in the North of England and several blue chip accounts, including Lakeland and The Perfume Shop.

Iain has a wealth of experience in working for both family-owned and corporate businesses of varying size, ideally placing Iain to support the Birds growth plan, whilst also bringing improved operational efficiencies throughout the group.
Iain brings to Birds over 30 years operational & Logistics experience, which he intends to implement and share within the Company.

Having dealt with Birds over the years, in his role at The Canute Group – also an associated member of the Pallet Track Network, it was a natural fit for both Iain and Birds.

Iain is now responsible for all of Bird’s Operations across all current and future sites, and will be rolling out his agenda and ultimate operational vision in the coming weeks and months.

Iain has the full support of Managing Director – John Hawksworth, his team of Depot Managers and the wider Birds and Ballyvesey Network. We wish him the best of luck in his new role.


Terex Awards Sleator Plant

Sleator Plant have just received fantastic news from Terex. They have been awarded an additional crown in their Crown Process for 2014-15.

The Terex Crown Process analyses every part of the business including; sales, parts, service, accounts, marketing, signage, paperwork efficiency, day to day operating procedures & most importantly customer satisfaction.

The company has also been highly commended for the improvements made over the past 12 months. Well done to the team!

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Birds Transport – Justin Dankenbring – Finance Manager

justinBirds Transport & Logistics recently appointed Justin Dankenbring as its Finance Manager.

Operating from our Head Office in Oldbury, Justin and his newly acquired team will be overseeing all financial responsibilities for Birds current and future sites.

With a proven and impressive background in finance and financial systems implementation – Justin is ready to apply his experience and knowledge to his new role at Birds.

Having been a pivotal part of the LPR success story – whereby he oversaw and managed the company’s revenue from 0 to 30 million annual turnover, Justin now looks to Join Birds with a similar aim to increase and facilitate forecasted financial growth.
With the full support of Managing Director – John Hawksworth and the wider Birds and Ballyvesey Network, we wish Justin every success, and welcome him to Birds.