Testing times

2010-11-01 19:33
The test is on. From left: Peter Viljoen of Imperial Logistics, Gert van Rooyen of Serco, and Leonard Hyman, also of Imperial Logistics, in front of one of the test vehicles fitted with an ecoFridge unit.

While South Africa’s BioFuel industry has yet to make an impression on local fuel supplies, plans are afoot to establish a manufacturing plant in the Free State which will make diesel from disused tyres. In last month’s edition of FleetWatch,


Scania gets green award

2010-11-01 19:11

Congratulations to Scania Southern Africa for scooping top honours in the ‘˜Industry Leader’ category of the second annual Green Supply Chain Awards, an initiative of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA), the CGCSA and Supply Chain


TNT Express plants with a purpose

2010-11-01 18:56
TNT acknowledges that as a transport company, it partially contributes to the problem of CO2 being emitted into the earth’s atmosphere.

TNT Express, a leading global business-to-business express delivery company, has partnered with the Johannesburg City Parks and the Gauteng Provincial Government in a bid to offset its local carbon emissions.  The partnership comes as part of TNT’s “Planet Me’ initiative


Cargo Carriers depot goes solar

2010-11-01 18:54
Cargo Carriers staff with Sasol Synfuels personnel, from left: Basil Sutherland; Johan Prinsloo; Quinton Mulder; Wimpie Kruger; Jay-Jay van Niekerk; Chris Botha, transport manager, Sasol Synfuels; Retha Maree, procurement advisor, Sasol Synfuels; Elmarie Ollewagen; Morkel Erasmus, logistics manager, Sasol Synfuels; and Mark Quinn. Note the solar panels on the roof of the building.

Cargo Carriers has, for the first time, developed a depot that runs completely off solar power. Self-sufficient and energy-efficient, the environmentally friendly depot in Evander has already proved a success as six months ago, the solar-powered depot was pivotal to


LPG Sprinters go into production

2010-11-01 18:54
LPG Sprinters are now a reality in Europe and will be coming off this production line from November 2010.

News from Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart is that the Sprinter 316 LGT (Liquefied Gas Technology) models started coming off the production line from November. Mercedes-Benz has thus added a further model variant to its alternative drive system range of vans that


Committing to the future

2010-10-01 19:33
Committing the actions of today to the future of tomorrow was Gideon de Swardt of Scania southern Africa seen here surrounded by trusting and grateful kids. As you can gauge from the caps, Avis was also a big supporter of the event.

FleetWatch lifts its hat to Scania southern Africa and all the other companies which joined Dr. Lawrence Barrit at his Pick n Pay supported Stay Alert Stay Alive function at the Wanderers recently where they got the message of a


Nitrogen trial for Woolworths trucks

2010-10-01 18:56
Woolworths is going even greener with ecoFridge technology for quieter delivery trucks and reduced emissions. According to Woolworths, the units can eliminate between 24 to 30 tons of CO2 per year, per truck.

A few years ago, a customer’s feedback got Woolworths thinking whether storescould be replenished by quieter delivery trucks. The quest to find an answer led Woolworths to refrigeration technology that revolutionizes the transport of perishable goods on trucks. The solution,


Green diesel plan for SA

2010-09-25 21:22
Kgalema Motlanthe, Deputy President

While South Africa’s BioFuel industry has yet to make an impression on local fuel supplies, plans are afoot to establish a manufacturing plant in the Free State which will make diesel from disused tyres. BuaNews reports that the Department of


Environmental Sprinter

2010-09-25 21:02
Mercedes-Benz CharterWay in Germany is using on-board vehicle telematics to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet of rental vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz CharterWay in Germany is adding approximately 120 Sprinters equipped with Daimler’s FleetBoard fleet management system to its fleet of rental vehicles.This, according to Ralf Bernhard, MD of Mercedes-Benz CharterWay, will enable the company to offer its clients a vehicle


Innovating to go green

2010-09-25 20:56
The new birth plywood floor fitted inside this Serco manufactured dry freight truck body saves up to 50% of the weight compared to the current steel jack design. Lower tare weight means lower fuel consumption which means lower CO2 emissions.

Serco, manufacturers of truck bodies and trailers, continues to make impressive advancements to reduce the weight of its products so as  to reduce CO2 emissions as well as making responsible decisions relating to their carbon footprint. Managing director of Serco,