New head of special trucks announced at Unimog

Katie Purcell

Katie Purcell has been appointed head of special trucks at Unimog. Based in Milton Keynes, but travelling all over the UK to visit customers and dealers, Purcell is responsible for sales in the special vehicles sector.

Purcell, who has worked in the automotive industry for the past decade, most recently as head of electric vehicles at Audi UK, said: “I am excited by the opportunity to set the strategy and expand the Unimog business in the UK. One of my first priorities will be to raise this halo product’s profile in the market, ensuring people understand what it stands for and appreciate what it offers.”

Purcell will report to Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK MD Mike Belk. “Katie brings a blend of experience as a manager of high-performing teams and an understanding of the automotive sector, and specific technical skills in product management and marketing. This will enable us to capitalise on the significant potential for Unimog in the UK,” he said.

Purcell replaces Bernhard Dolinek, who left Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK last year.

Almtone-owned Canute assets to be auctioned

Canute trailers


Hilco Global is to auction a selection of cars, trailers and HGVs belonging to Almtone-owned Canute Group next week (7 February) following the operator's move into administration last month.

The sale of the “substantial transport fleet” will commence at 11am at a location in Gamston, Nottinghamshire. It also includes workshop and yard equipment.

Available to purchase are five MAN 6x2 tractor units with high sleeper cabs, Scania P and R-series trucks, a DAF LF and a selection of vans from Ford, Renault and Mercedes-Benz as well as 120 trailers from SDC and Montracon.

Preview information will be available, although strictly by appointment, on the 5th and 6 February.

Contact Kevin Smyth at or call 08453 130 140 for more information.

Almtone-owned Canute Group was place into administration ahead of Christmas, although a deal with the firm’s customers saw 120 jobs saved.

Hilco Global is conducting the auction on behalf of the failed haulier’s administrator Begbies Traynor and an unnamed finance company.