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Clean Air Power opens R&D centre in Leyland

Clean Air Power, which develops dual-fuel diesel and natural gas systems for trucks, has opened a new European research and development centre in Leyland, Lancashire. The new 2,000sq m R&D facility, which will employ 30 people, was opened by shadow minister of state for transport Owen Paterson last week.

Sharp rise in property costs forecast

Property agent Lambert Smith Hampton forecasts rent rises of up to 10% in the coming year for the logistics sector. Hotspots identified in the agency's national Weather Map Report include Peterborough, Glasgow and Birmingham.

Foulger Transport's warehouse plan halted

Foulger Transport has withdrawn its application for a new 18,000sq m warehouse near Thetford.The Norfolk haulier withdrew the application to "reconsider its position" after fierce objection from local parish councils, Natural England, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Highways Agency.Most of the concern has centred on road congestion in the area and the impact on the local landscape.Foulger Transport had applied for permission to build the warehouse on grassland at Roudham, close to its existing warehouse

Suttons MD joins board of ECTA

Suttons Group's managing director Andrew Palmer has joined the board of the European Chemical Transport Association for a three-year term. is on the radio

The new website has got off to a flying start in its first week with over 5,000 users visiting the site and each viewing in the region of seven pages per visit.To continue spreading the word about this essential new resource for the industry Commercial Motor editor Andy Salter has taken to the air waves, carrying out 15 radio interviews in a four-hour marathon stint at the mic. "The big topic of the week has been congestion charging and all the stations wanted to discuss that issue," Andy said.

Boughey Distribution stages fuel economy 'shoot-off'

Boughey Distribution conducted a fuel economy "shoot-off" last week to help it decide which trucks to buy when it adds to the fleet this year. The company is considering buying Volvo, Daf, MAN or Scania. Although it has experiences with Euro 4 demonstration vehicles from all four manufacturers, it wanted more conclusive fuel economy figures from MAN and Volvo - so pitted examples of both against each other in a head-to-head battle.

BPW grows in falling market

BPW says it experienced an increase in demand for its trailer axles in 2006. According to its annual review of the trailer building industry, some 18,600 semi-trailers were built in the UK and Ireland last year - representing a 4% downturn on 2005, which itself showed a reduction of 10% on 2004.BPW estimates that its market share improved slightly to 47% last year, mostly to the detriment of Meritor which saw its slice of the market slip to 28%. Both SAF and DaimlerChrysler also showed an improvement, taking 13% and 12% respectively.

Boateng and James join Skills for Logistics

Heidi Boateng joins Skills for Logistics as project manager for the council's Women & Work project. Before joining SfL Boateng had established HMB Consulting which provided a logistics solutions consultancy service.Also new to SfL's staff is Robert James as regional manager for the South-east.

New manager at Potter Group

Stephen Ambroziak has joined road and rail logistics company the Potter Group as its new business development manager. Ambroziak's background in the logistics industry includes senior roles at Baylis Logistics, Cert Group and DHL.