Shortlist for Tip-ex and Tank-ex Awards revealed

The shortlist for the 2018 Tip-ex and Tank-ex Awards sees Cemex lead the way with three nomination across five categories, closely followed by tanker specialist Suttons and Yorkshire-based bulk haulage specialist Alfred Hymas which received two nominations.

The winners will be revealed at the Tip-ex Gala dinner, sponsored by SSAB Swedish Steel, on the evening of Friday 1 June. Tip-ex and Tank-ex 2018 takes place at the Harrogate Convention Centre between 31 May and 2 June.

The Show Innovation Award, sponsored by Iveco; Image of the Industry Award, sponsored by Wilcox, and Personality of the Year Award, sponsored by Hyva, have no shortlist and will all be revealed on the night.

Apprentice of the Year (the Steve Gray Memorial Award) will also be revealed on the night and is sponsored by Commercial Motor.

The shortlist in full:

Tanker Operator of the Year, sponsored by Feldbinder UK

  • Cemex UK Operations
  • Lomas Distribution
  • Suttons Transport Group
  • Whitworths

Tanker Safety Award, sponsored by Protruck Auctions

  • Bibby Distribution
  • Cemex UK Operations
  • McPhersons
  • Suttons Transport Group

Tipper Haulier of the Year, sponsored by Volvo

  • Alfred Hymas
  • Allied Plant
  • Ernest Cooper
  • Mick George Haulage
  • Paul Smart Transport

Tipper Livery of the Year, sponsored by Close Brothers

  • Alfred Hymas
  • Cemex UK Operations
  • HD Ricketts
  • JPE Aggregate
  • Y Pellets

Tipper Safety Award

  • Tarmac
  • T.K. Gallagher

City West Commercials opens facility in Exeter

City West Commercials Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz franchised dealer City West Commercials has opened a service centre in Exeter, replacing an older, smaller facility.

The drive-through nine-bay workshop at the site, which is on the Greendale Business Park in Woodbury Salterton, features two 15m pits as well as ramps, while the building includes a parts department, offices and reception as well as a driver rest area. Depot manager Joe Casley leads a team of six parts staff and 11 technicians.

Of these, two work on emergency roadside assistance while another two visit customer premises to carry out maintenance and minor repairs. Initially, the workshop will be open from 6am to 11pm on weekdays, and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. However, if demand picks up it will extend opening times by the end of the year.

The firm worked closely with network development specialists from Mercedes-Benz Trucks on the plans for the 8-acre site. Mark Williams, Mercedes-Benz Trucks head of network development, said: “Ideally located and purpose-built on a really good footprint, City West Commercials’ fantastic new service centre in Exeter is a great example of the kind of truck focused facility that is going to change the face of our dealer network over the months and years to come.”

The team: from left, group sales director Paul Ridout, dealer principal Graeson Clarke and group aftersales director Darren Sweet.

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