Real quality is thin on the ground

Apologies, Laurie Dealer has been very busy scouring the earth for quality, yet affordable stock. 

Truth is, there is enough out there but any trucks or vans (Laurie Dealer is also heading into plant, things are so tight) are not in a very good state. And with prices creeping up quality becomes an issue. No one wants to part with cash for ropy...rope, if you see what Laurie Dealer means.

Nevertheless, news that SMMT figures show the market down again, this time 33.1%, in September for trucks over 6.0-tonnes shows, as an industry, there won't be much coming through in the years to come. This year, the projected figure is just over 25,000 units.

Try carving that among the used market in three, four or five year's time. The UK could, three years down the line, see a rise in importing from mainland Europe and converting them or modifying the chassis. Not encouraging, but values in a sparse market will be driven by the manufacturers...

Norbert Dentressangle wins Biasi contract

Norbert Dentressangle Transport Services has won a distribution contract with heating industry product supplier Biasi UK.

The logistics company will collect palletised products including boilers and radiators from Biasi's Walsall, West Midlands manufacturing plant. It will then consolidate loads at its nearby Rowley Regis facility.

Paul Taylor, logistics manager at Biasi UK, tells MT: "The contract is a rolling one and we were impressed by cost and reliability after a trial with Norbert Dentressangle."

Biasi will use Norbert Dentressangle's multi-site network, shared-user fleet and track-and-trace IT system.

Taylor says: "In order for us to provide an excellent service to our customers, we are heavily reliant upon an efficient transport solution.

"Norbert's dedicated IT system ensures that our engineers and retailers are kept updated with much more accurate delivery time information, and will be immediately alerted to any issues if they occur."

Aspray24 had previously run the contract from mid 2007, and prior to this, GA Transport held the deal, adds Taylor.