Kent Connection fleet to go under the hammer

The undercurrent to this fire sale of the Kent Connection fleet concerns Laurie Dealer because it confirms his worst fears.


Kent Connection's inability to absorb rising fuel bills, and a loss in volume, made continuing untenable. As FairFuelUK gathers momentum it is too late to save Blaydon-based Kent Connection and it is now in administration, under the guidance of Sanderson Weatherall.

Truck sales like this have become all too common and Laurie Dealer is unsure where it will end. Sanderson Weatherall has instructed the sale of Kent Connection's assets, which includes MAN and Scania tractors, and Gray & Adams reefer trailers as well as fork lift trucks.

The sale takes place at Kent Connection's yard on 24 February, and potential buyers can view stock from the 22 February.


TDG extends contract with Premdor

TDG has signed a two-year extension to manage UK road transport operations for door manufacturer Premdor UK.

The logistics firm has transported loads for Premdor since 2008, mostly at night from the company's manufacturing site in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Goods are carried by road to TDG depots at Mossend, Lanarkshire; Swindon, Wilts; and Thurrock, Essex for cross docking, and then delivered direct to construction sites, builders' merchants and other customers.

TDG says that since the contract began, it has been able to use backhaul opportunities to save fuel miles, reduce empty running and improve operational efficiency for Premdor.

Paul Conway, UK logistics manager at Premdor, says: "TDG has implemented some very successful cost-down projects and our transport efficiencies have significantly improved."

The deal comes as Norbert Dentressangle's £196m acquisition of TDG was delayed after the European Commission (EC) requested more transaction details.

DouglasBay Capital, which announced in November the disposal of its largest investment TDG, pending competition clearance by the EC, says the deal, due for approval by mid-February, has been held up.