CM Show 2020: DAF Trucks reveals prize giveaways and exclusive new video

DAF Trucks is putting the finishing touches to its preparations for next week’s ‘virtual’ Commercial Motor Show, with daily prizes up for grabs for exhibition booth visitors.

It has released a special promotional video and details of a daily prize giveaway to commemorate the company’s 25th year of unbroken market leadership in the UK.

The special video – now available on the DAF Trucks UK YouTube channel – describes the company’s significant presence at the Commercial Motor Show.

This will include its Ready-to-Go pre-bodied stock vehicle programme, the DAF Configurator vehicle ordering system, DAF’s ‘Ready for the Future’ vision for drivetrain technologies, and the comprehensive DAF Driver Training programme including flexible driver training vouchers; all to be delivered live and interactively courtesy of DAF Trucks experts at the show.

Visitors to the DAF stand will also be invited to click on the ‘25 Years UK Market Leader’ emblem on the stand and, after filling-in contact details, 100 individuals will be selected at random every day to receive an exclusive commemorative die-cast DAF Trucks 25 Year Market Leadership pin-badge.

The TRP all-makes truck and trailer parts programme – delivered through DAF Trucks – also has a dedicated stand and will be giving away 100’s of prizes from its high-quality clothing and accessories ranges.

“We’re genuinely excited at the prospect of reconnecting with operators next week,” said DAF Trucks Marketing Manager, Phil Moon. 

“We have so much to share, both in terms of product development and our aftersales services. It’s been a long time since last the industry came together,” he said, “and we’re delighted that Commercial Motor has taken the initiative to stage what we know.”


DAF Trucks at the Commercial Motor Show | 29th Sep - 1st Oct 2020

Cartwright enters administration with 490 redundancies

Renowend trailer manufacturer Cartwright Group has gone into administration resulting in 490 redundancies at S Cartwright & Sons (Coachbuilders) and Cartwright Fabrications. In addition to the closer of one of the most well-known Britain's best known transport industry manufactureres, subsidiaries within the group, that include Cartwright Finance, Cartwright Fleet Service and Cartwright Rentals to Contract Vehicles, will be sold to the commercial vehicles division of leasing and fleet management firm Zenith.

The sale of the businesses and their assets also sees 259 employees transferred to the new owner. They will continue to trade as part of Zenith.

The move creates the UK’s largest HGV and specialist fleets with over 50,000 vehicles and one of the largest trailer rental fleets in the UK.

Commenting on the acquisition, Martin Jenkins, chief executive of the HGV and specialist vehicles division and group strategy director at Zenith, pictured, said: “We are backing a talented management team and people across the three Cartwright businesses we have acquired, and we look forward to working with their customers, employees and suppliers alike.

“The businesses have a good reputation in their sector and are a great fit with the customer-first culture at Zenith. Bringing these operations together is an important step in our strategic growth plans and supports our position as the leading provider of fleet services across all asset types in the UK.”

Michael Magnay and Dan Smith, restructuring partners at Deloitte, who were formally appointed as joint administrators to the Cartwright Group today (22 September 2020) said that Cartwright Group had been “heavily impacted” by the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in the closure of the manufacturing site for several months.

The Altrincham-based trailer manufacturer, which also provided trailer rentals and fleet services, had rental depots across the UK including in Leeds, Glasgow and Aldridge. The group employed around 800 people.

Joint administrator Michael Magnay said: “The Cartwright Group is a well-known and established company in the Cheshire area.

“Whilst we are pleased that a total closure of the Group has been avoided, we regret that today’s announcement includes a number of redundancies. Our thanks go out to all the employees at what we appreciate is a difficult time, and we are providing support to those affected.”