MAN’s UK boss Thomas Hemmerich has been reassigned to South Korea

MAN Truck & Bus UK MD Thomas Hemmerich (pictured) will be replaced by Stefan Thyssen on 1 July.

Hemmerich, who has headed-up the UK operation since 2017, has been appointed MD of MAN Truck and Bus Korea, where his areas of responsibility will include South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Commenting on his new role, Hemmerich said: “It is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving the UK. I have really enjoyed my time leading the team in the UK. I have been privileged to work with an outstanding team of individuals.

“I am delighted to announce that Stefan Thyssen – previously financial director of MAN Truck & Bus UK – will be returning to the UK as managing director and I would like to take the opportunity to wish him every success in his new role.”

Thyssen, who has been MD of the Scandinavian markets since 2020, said: “This will be a super exciting journey thinking about what lays ahead of us. I cannot wait to start meeting my old and new colleagues, out partners and of course our customers.”

HGV driver shortage tops hauliers' list of concerns for year ahead, new research reveals

Difficulty sourcing trained HGV drivers is top of the list when it comes to the challenges facing hauliers in the next 12 months, according to brand-new industry research published today.

In the latest edition of the 'Asset Alliance Group Industry Monitor', produced in partnership with Commercial Motor and Motor Transport, 29% of respondents revealed the national driver shortage was the most troubling concern for their business.

Next in line was the fear of a poor economic outlook for the UK with 17% of the vote, while legislation featured in third and fourth place: 16% were concerned about the effect of localised urban regulations, such as clean air zones, while a further 11% feared the uncertain legislative environment outside of the EU.

And like the general voting public, when it came to Brexit, there was an even spread of responses as to how it will affect the prospects of the UK’s road transport sector going forward: 37% of respondents thought prospects would be slightly or significantly better now the UK is flying solo, while 38% thought the opposite. The rest sat firmly on the fence.

Despite the challenges ahead, operators demonstrated a robust optimism when it came to business confidence for the year ahead.

Nearly half of all respondents were expecting their trading performance to be better during 2021 than 2020, as the UK aims to bounce back from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 'Asset Alliance Group Industry Monitor 2021' is based on a robust 625-strong sample from the readership of Motor Transport and Commercial Motor.

It provides analysis of key challenges – such as urban regulations, a national driver shortage and truck crime – and gauges the impact this is having on operators, both large and small.

There is also an in-depth look into expected buying patterns for the year ahead, from the numbers of new trucks anticipated to be bought to choosing the latest alternatively-fuelled models.

It is free of charge to download and a must-read report for those working in the road transport sector.