Lomas Distribution consolidates sites with new depot

Bulk powder transportation specialist Lomas Distribution has spent £3.5m on a purpose-built depot in Buxton, Derbyshire. Brighouse Construction began work on the new depot, on a former brownfield site at Waterswallows Industrial Park, in August 2007 and completed the project, on schedule and to budget, last month.

Managing director Richard Lomas tells MT: "We decided to consolidate our two sites and have just one purpose-built depot and offices that would contain everything we needed." The new building provides Lomas with a vehicle maintenance facility, comprising a VOSA bay for MOT testing and six service bays and pits.

The site has 150,000ft2 of parking for 115 HGVs and features an ecologically efficient vehicle wash for articulated bulk tankers, which is able to recycle up to 75% of the water it uses. Also completed as part of the project is a new three-storey office building.

"The new facility, which we hope to move into in the next week, is situated a lot closer to our main customer, Buxton Lime Industries," adds Lomas. To date, Lomas has 160 staff and runs just under 100 vehicles.

Cybit and Civica combine fleet management products

Two of the UK's leading suppliers of IT services to the transport industry have agreed to integrate their products to improve the management of vehicles and how they are driven. The aim of the project is for Cybit's Fleetman system to feed real-time vehicle mileage, location and other information directly into Civica's Tranman fleet management system.

"Combining these two applications will deliver a greater value for customers of both Cybit and Civica," says Richard Wainwright, product director at Civica. "For example, the constant availability of accur-ate mileage information enables proactive service management, which not only minimises cost, but ensures that employees are driving safe vehicles."