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Euro 3 Iveco Stralis chosen by Driveforce UK

Specialist car distributor Driveforce UK has added twelve new Euro 3 Iveco Stralis 430 transporters to its fleet based at Sharpness Dock on the Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire. Managing director Gary Chapman negotiated directly with Iveco at Watford and says the deal was clinched by "a good price".

Maritime profits grow by 31%

Maritime Transport is confident that business will grow in the next year. And the directors state in the company's latest financial results that they "are very satisfied with the performance of the business in 2005". They add that the company has successfully renewed contracts with all existing customers and added two clients. Pre-tax profit for the container haulage company has increased by 31% to £2.74m in the 13 months to December 31, 2005, up from £2.09m for the year ended November 23, 2004.

DfT derogations for Euro 3s

The DfT's reputation for late and rushed delivery of regulations was further enhanced last week, when it gave eleventh-hour confirmation of transition arrangements for moving from Euro 3 to Euro 4. Thousands of Euro 3 trucks can now be sold and registered at any time over the next 12 months. Volvo is derogating 700 and Scania 909 chassis. These trucks are all allocated to specific operators.

Wincanton and Valpak offer WEEE package

Wincanton has partnered with recycling compliance scheme providers Valpak to offer a service package for the impending Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations. The partnership, in place from last week, means that Valpak can offer compliance management alongside Wincanton's transport and treatment solutions. Both companies have a "large set of common clients," Valpak chief executive officer Steve Gough tells Motor Transport, which the partnership will initially target.

Allison Up for Sale?

GM may be looking for a buyer for its Allison Transmission division, according to this statement, suggesting that the 07 slowdown is now really beginning to focus some minds.

Iveco Better, Future Still Cloudy

And so to Iveco, which has – through parent Fiat Group – made its statement for 2006.Not too shabby at first glance; revenues were up 7.7 per cent to €9.1 / $11.8 / £5.9 billion, and a trading profit of €546 / $708.74 / £359.57 million, up by 64 per cent on 2005, and suggesting a half decent margin of six per cent.Sales are worth a look. In 2006, Iveco delivered a total of 181,500 vehicles (including 17,600 units with buy back commitments), up 5.2 per cent from 2005.

Wincanton stays right on course

Wincanton's UK and Ireland businesses delivered first-half performance, chief executive Graeme McFaull (pictured) says in a pre-close statement.He anticipates full-year results in line with expectations.

New Amtrak team sets sights on profit

The new management team at Amtrak Express Parcels is scrutinising all aspects of the business in a bid to return it to profitability. Amtrak went into administration with KPMG earlier this month before Netfold stepped in to buy it. Amtrak's 1,000 employees and 200 vehicles are being transferred. Executive director Gerry Ruffell says: "At the moment our plan is purely to return it to profitability. We are looking at every single aspect of the company...

S&S grows profits by 14%

Reinvestment and structural focus has helped S&S Distribution increase pre-tax profit by 14%.The palletised goods distributor has invested £626,830 in new and replacement vehicles. Its internal structure concentrates on distribution, yard and warehouse operations, customer care and finance, with managers responsible for specific business areas. "As a direct result of this focus we have been able to manage an increase in turnover of 8%," the directors state in their business review.Pre-tax profit for the year to July 31, 2006 was £356,952, rising from £313,099 in 2005.

Tough route to testing for MAN

MAN says its involvement in motor sports allows it to rigorously test new technology prior to putting it into production for road-going trucks. Stephan Holzman, senior vice president of MAN's central testing division, cites the Dakar Rally as a prime example. "A few thousand kilometres of driving in these conditions has the same affect of driving hundreds of thousands of kilometres on normal roads," he tells Motor Transport. Holzman explains that the 9,000km endurance race is a perfect place to trial new cab suspension components.