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Semcon to automate fuel cell production

Fuel cell manufacturer Semcon is planning to automate its production of hydrogen-powered cells and is introducing robots to the Powercell plant in Gothenburg, Sweden.


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Isle of Man saves £20k-a-year with Michelin retread tyres

More than £20,000 has been saved by the Isle of Man government in the first 12 months since it started to use retread tyres.


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Councils promoting more paid-for waste services says Spedian

Cash-strapped local authorities are promoting their business waste services more than ever before to maximise their revenue streams.


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Brigade Electronics quadruples warehouse and office space

A new 2,275m2 warehouse and office complex has been opened by Brigade Electronics in Dartford, Kent.


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Rhino Products named Welsh Manufacturer of the Year

Commercial vehicle accessory company, Rhino Products has won Manufacturer of the Year (turnover under £25m) title at the 2018 Made in Wales Awards.


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ECHO produces higher-powered lower-weight chainsaw

ECHO has produced a new lighter but more powerful chainsaw, the ECHO CS- 4510ES.


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Allett launches C34 Evolution first electric mower

Mower manufacturer Allett has entered the electric mower market with the launch of the C34 Evolution, large area, walk-behind cylinder mower.


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Eminox earns first CVRAS accreditation for UK’s best-selling coach

Lincolnshire-based retrofit company Eminox is the first to earn Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) approval for the UK’s best-selling coach, the Volvo B9R.


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DCW fits Reaclear safety device to two vehicles

Commercial waste management firm DCW has introduced the Reaclear reversing safety aid to its fleet.


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FleetWave CORE achieves record sales says Chevin

Fleet management software provider Chevin Fleet Solutions says it has broken its own sales records following the launch of FleetWave CORE. 


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New retro-fitted anti-emissions system brings Euro 5 RCVs to Euro 6 standards

Technology developed to reduce harmful emissions and retro-fitted to two refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) in Westminster has cut nitrogen oxide levels by 99 per cent, resulting in lower emissions than newer Euro 6 vehicles.


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TEMSA’s autonomous bus set for production in 2022

Turkish bus manufacturer TEMSA is planning to put an autonomous electric bus into serial production in 2022.


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Gritter maker Econ helps Ripon mark WWI centenary with sculpture trail

Gritter manufacturer Econ Engineering has helped mark the centenary of the end of the First World War with a series of dramatic steel sculptures in Ripon, where it is based.


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Urbaser wins collection and cleansing services in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge & Malling

An eight-year contract for recycling, waste collection and street cleansing in both Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge & Malling has been awarded to waste management company Urbaser by the two borough councils.


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Engcon and Trimble collaborate to improve excavator functionality

Excavator specialists Engcon and Trimble have jointly developed a new feature that automatically keeps the bucket or beam at the correct tilt angle.


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Multihog distributor rebrands to become Multevo

The UK distributor of Multihog products, Multihog UK Limited, has rebranded itself as Multevo Ltd.


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Monmouthshire chooses accessible Tucanas for community transport scheme

Two new Mellor Tucana II buses have been added to the fleet of the Grass Routes Community Transport Scheme operated by Monmouthshire County Council.


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John Deere to show ‘revolutionary tyre’ at Saltex

John Deere will be showing off a new kind of tyre at the Saltex 2018 exhibition.


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Ctrack launches tracker for unpowered plant

Ctrack has launched a battery-powered tracking device for unpowered plant that uses long-life power management technology to operate for up to seven years.


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Valley Trading chooses r2c Online for efficiency and compliance

Gloucestershire-based waste and recycling company Valley Trading has signed up to r2c’s connected fleet and workshop management platform for vehicle compliance and maintenance.


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WB Power Services buys Trime X-ECO lighting towers

Derbyshire-based critical power supply specialists, WB Power Services (WBPS), has expanded its rental fleet with the purchase of 20 X-ECO LED site lighting towers from Trime UK.


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Report reveals ‘dirty diesel’ fleet frustration

Fleet managers believe that diesel vehicles have gained an unfair reputation for producing harmful emissions, according to a new report produced by the AA and BT Fleet Solutions.


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Freeway to launch DVSA compliance app

An app for managing the (DVSA) Earned Recognition compliance will be launched by Freeway Fleet Systems at the Euro Bus Expo at the NEC, Birmingham from 30 October – 01 November.


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Amey buys new Antos road-marking truck

Amey has bought a new road-marking vehicle with a bespoke body for duties in the Birmingham area  with Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service.


LAPV September 2018 has been published

LAPV September 2018 has been published. What can you read in this issue and how can you participate in the December issue?


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10 Isuzu Grafter Greens bought by Smart Cut and TFN Landscapes

Midlands sister companies Smart Cut and TFN Landscapes have bought 10 of the latest Isuzu Grafter Green 3.5 tonne rigid vehicles.


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Hiab launches upgraded Jonsered recycling cranes

Hiab has launched anupgraded Jonsered recycling crane range for heavy-duty recycling at the IAA 2018 exhibition in Germany.


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Revolve Technologies unveils first PCB fuel cell range extender

Revolve Technologies says it has developed a new fuel cell using a printed circuit board (PCB) which will drastically reduce system costs.


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Rhodar buys 30 Mercedes-Benz vans

Asbestos removal, demolition and remediation specialist Rhodar has added another 20 Mercedes-Benz vans to its fleet and has a further 10 on order.


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Bobcat launches Bobcat Institute for comprehensive training

Bobcat has relaunched its Czech Republic training centre, calling it the Bobcat Institute.


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Zircotec to help biogas tractor engine project

Heat management specialist Zircotec is to help a government-funded initiative develop biogas engines for tractors and future potential for buses and trucks.


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RTS buys five new Renault Trucks

Integrated waste services provider RTS Waste Management has added five new Renault Trucks to its fleet.


Picture of John Thirling, Fleet Services Manager for Stockton Borough Council, receiving the keys to the new Mellor buses from Lorna Miller and Phil Hinks of NRG with the new buses behind them

Mellor buses chosen by Stockton BC

Stockton Borough Council has taken delivery of seven Mellor high-floor, Mercedes-built buses which are on lease from NRG Fleet Services.


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Ex-skip driver’s mate Phil Gudgeon set to become Cawleys’ MD

Phil Gudgeon will take over the running of Cawleys Waste Management in October – 25 years after he started working in the industry as a skip driver’s mate.


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Coventry University becomes first FORS member in higher ed sector

Coventry University has become the first higher education establishment in the UK to achieve membership of FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme.


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CTS fits ISS camera systems to new hire fleet vehicles

Municipal vehicle hire company CTS Hire is fitting live camera recording systems to all new vehicles so that customers can monitor vehicles in real-time.


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Biffa makes acquisitions including Weir Waste Services

Waste management company Biffa has acquired Weir Waste Services Limited (WWS) for a consideration plus debt taken on of £16.2m, and is also acquiring three other waste management businesses.


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Rochford Garden Machinery acquired by Al-Ko Gardentech

Rochford Garden Machinery has been acquired by German manufacturer Al-Ko Gardentech and will continue with all divisions, staff and product lines remaining unchanged.


Picture of an ASL Environmental bin lorry with VWS's bin-weighing and PurGo systems fitted

VWS goes to RWM with the message 'bin weighing pays for itself'

VWS will be showing off its integrated bin-weighing and software management system at the RWM show, with the message to potential customers that ‘it pays for itself’.


Picture of the Hinowa HS1100 hi-tip vehicle working in a park tipping earth into a pile

APS to demonstrate Hinowa products at APF 2018

Access Platform Sales (APS) will be demonstrating a wide range of powered access platforms and tracked mini dumpers at this year’s APF show.


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GMB highlights refuse worker dangers as fatalities increase

Deaths among refuse workers have shot up 50%, says the GMB Union, after at least 12 people died in the waste sector in 2017 – an increase from eight the year before.


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Whitbread Wanderbus opts for Orion bus replacement

The community-run Whitbread Wanderbus scheme has taken delivery of a new Mellor Orion bus.


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Murphy Plant buys 45 Trime LED lighting towers

Murphy Plant has bought 45 X-ECO LED lighting towers from Trime UK to renew and upgrade its hire fleet of lighting machinery.


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TruckForce buys 69 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans

Truck tyre supplier and breakdown specialist TruckForce has bought 69 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans.


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Kent CC uses QRoutes to boost transport efficiency

Kent County Council has transformed its Special Educational Needs transport services by using QRoutes specialist software designed to plan vehicle routes.


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Trash Gordon and his pals hit to streets in Thurrock

Trash Gordon, Binnie Jones, Mission Bin Possible and Mr Dumpy McDumphead are just four of the names children in Thurrock have come up with after being invited to name the new fleet Dennis Eagle RCVs by the local council.


Picture of the Cyclear safety sign at the back of a Gaskells truck

Gaskells fits ISS safety kit to fleet

Liverpool-based waste management company, Gaskells, is equipping its refuse trucks, skip lorries and vans with the latest five-camera CCTV equipment with hard disk recording and cyclist sensor safety technology to create a super-safe fleet.


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Go Plant acquires road sweeper hire specialists Smallwoods

Specialist vehicle hire company Go Plant has acquired Yorkshire-based road sweeper firm Smallwoods as part of its plans for expansion across the UK.


Picture of two men up in the air on the platform of a red Hinowa Lightlift 17.75

Hinowa adds water lines to two tracked booms

Hinowa has updated two of its tracked booms to improve productivity for cleaning and maintenance contractors.


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Fraikin lands Suez Group contact in Central-West France

Fraikin has won a contract with the Suez Group in Central West France for the global outsourcing of the vehicle fleet used in its waste recycling and recovery business.


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