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Petit Forestier's big order for RVL

French-owned refrigerated vehicle rental specialist Petit Forestier has ordered 250 Mercedes Sprinter 3.5-tonne chassis-cabs bodied by Uckfield, Sussex, based RVL. They will be assigned to PF's 14 locations across the UK. Each 3.5m-long two-compartment body is constructed from styrofoam-core panels, the 1.2mm-thick outer skin of which has a deep gelcoat top finish designed to enhance the aesthetics and complement the livery.

Profit and turnover up at Tyson H Burridge

Cumbrian haulier Tyson H Burridge saw both operating profit and pre-tax profit grow during the year to March 31, 2006.Operating profit climbed to £456,066 in 2006 from £249,167 in 2005 while pre-tax profit also grew to £514,005 from £291,383.The directors declined to reveal the company's turnover figure for the year but they say that even though the haulage side of the business, based in Distington, had made a profit, investments and interests other than road transport had contributed towards growth in 2006.

Taking out the laundry in Northern Ireland

A "highly efficient and sophisticated" fuel-laundering plant with an estimated weekly output of 150,000 litres has been smashed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers in Northern Ireland. The joint operation with police in County Armagh led to 3,000 litres of illegal fuel being seized and six tonnes of toxic acid waste removed. Estimated revenue loss from the laundered fuel would have been £3.75m. A curtainsider adapted to work as a fuel tanker, storage tanks and an assortment of pump and filtration equipment were also seized in the operation.

Cheat the taxman - go electric with a Modec 7.5-tonner

Modec has received orders for over 100 of its zero-emission electric vans and is optimistic that it will find buyers for a further 400 units in 2007. "By 2009 we expect to be producing 2,000, and we are already getting enquiries from the rest of Europe and even North America," says Modec sales and marketing director Geoff Reyner. "That's not bad for a new company is it?" Modec, which officially opens its new Coventry production facility in March, says for every three demo vehicles it lends, one order is received.

New LDV 3.5-tonner for CV Show

LDV will show its 3.5-tonne Maxus chassis cab at this year's CV Show, with full production expected in the summer. Its arrival comes more than 18 months after the demise of the Convoy chassis cab. However, LDV chief executive Steve Young plays down the effect of the delay: "I don't think we've lost any customers as a result.

A year's free AdBlue with every truck

Motor Transport has learned that a number of UK DAF dealers are offering customers a year's worth of free AdBlue with every Euro 4 and Euro 5 truck sold."Some individual dealers may be doing it," says DAF's marketing director Tony Pain. "If a customer has any concerns about AdBlue we are happy to supply it, and in some cases, throw it in with the deal."Pain explains that the AdBlue incentive doesn't equate to a huge amount of money.

Tyres checked while you drive

A revolutionary new mat, which automatically checks tyre pressure and tread depths as it is driven over, is being launched at the CV Show in April.The product, which is being distributed by Redditch-based Treadcheck, consists of a rubber mat with an in-built sensor which can be positioned at the entrance or exit of a haulier's yard. When a truck rolls over it, the changes in the magnetic field experienced by the sensor are recorded.

MAN boosts UK sales

MAN ERF UK has had a strong start to the year, taking almost 14% of the overall UK truck market and over 19% of the tractor sector in January.This comes on the back of a strong 2006, where the company's share of the UK tractor market increased to 14.3%, up from 9.9% in 2005. MAN ERF's chief executive officer Des Evans says: "I think the market came to a slow realisation that we now have arguably the best overall Euro 4 range on the market, from 7.5-tonne upwards."

Caught on camera - the new MAN TG-A

The next generation of MAN TGA has been spied undergoing winter testing in Northern Europe. Unusually the truck wears no disguise, allowing MT to see that the basic cab shell remains unchanged, but all panels on the front end are completely new. The grille converges towards the bottom of the cab, with styling cues similar to the Volvo FH and Mercedes-Benz Actros.

NFT Distribution has grown profit on its own

Chilled logistics operator NFT Distribution says it has seen growth in both turnover and profits since it separated from former parent company Northern Foods following a £51.2m management buy-out last August.The Alfreton, Derbyshire-based firm is on course to hit a turnover of £120m in the year ending March 2007, according to its CEO David Frankish.He adds: "It is going very much to plan we are going to exit the financial year with a higher run rate than last ye