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Nov\Dec 2005


Aluminium in Design

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The Chinese Connection...
There is a great sense of anticipation in the transport industry that a much greater flood of Chinese products is about to break over us. Frank Beeton sheds some light on the makeup of the truck and component manufacturing industry in that enormous country.


Special Report 
Fleet Management and Vehicle Tracking

Upping the game...
FleetWatch's Paul Collings speaks to a number of fleet managers and technology suppliers to ascertain the various business benefits being derived from the plethora of fleet management and tracking solutions on offer today and also where trouble spots and room for improvement lie. 


Carving a niche...
One way of sidestepping an industry stigma is to offer a service that is so dissimilar to the general offerings that potential customers regard it with fresh eyes, untainted by the memories of burnt fingers.


Accolade for SA technology...
Satellites have changed the way we live - forever. The world is indeed a much smaller place now with ultra-powerful cameras orbiting the earth able to take clear photographs of a postage stamp lying on a pavement.


Recovering our most precious cargo...
Despite being a ‘special report’ on fleet management and tracking systems for the transport industry, one can’t help appreciating the value of these systems in matters of the heart, especially those involving children.

Back on Track...
Now under new management, VESA is being pro-active in getting fleet management systems accredited by the insurance industry. Paul Collings spoke to new VESA chairman, Allen Harrington, CEO of Orbtech Holdings, about the recent turnaround. 


Tracking your fuel...
The management of diesel consumption has become so important that technology vendors are seeing huge orders for their fuel management solutions pouring in. The AFS Group is one such vendor with its 'eFuel' solution...plus much more 


All about RISK...
Risk management has always been a focus in transport and fleet management and tracking systems play a pivotal part in managing risk.


Inside the criminal mind...
Stolen vehicle recovery
(SVR) teams, apart from busting criminals and returning assets to their rightful owners also gather intelligence on how criminals operate


Views from the bridge...
One of South Africa's top fleet management solutions providers, Control Instruments, now known as CI-OmniBridge, has earned an international reputation for its products and services and recently received its SAIA approval.


Going Dutch...
For most people, the Netherlands conjures up images of windmills, canals and great artists. For truckers, it is the home of DAF. FleetWatch's Paul Collings joins DAF Trucks SA on a trip to the place where Dutch trucking began.



World Petroleum Congress

Oil, fuel and the price. What's it all about?...
FleetWatch correspondent Max Braun throws some water onto the fuel fire talk in an attempt to put on the table some form of rational perspective to the hype on the price and supply of crude oil.


 VW LDV 

Serious Workhorse...
VW Commercial Vehicles continues its advance into the commercial vehicle sector with another new offering in the form of the T5 Transporter. 


Card Magic...
Fuel fraud has been a thorn in the flesh of transport operators for decades. Paul Collings attended the launch of a new product from Shell designed to prevent fuel fraud and better manage the flow of fuel from pump to truck. 


Clear proof - there is no enforcement...
Dave Scott highlights one example of a 'sorry truck' which seems to prove that there is no law enforcement out there.


Caring for Suppliers...
Dave Scott highlights an aspect of business operations that should be given more attention, namely, Supplier Relationship Management.


Continental gets heavy...
Continental Tyre SA has boosted its truck tyre offering with the addition of the Barum Steelcord Radial truck tyre range.


Truck Operating Costs...
Our quarterly ipdate on market related operating and owning cost estimates compiled by Max Braun for a variety of popular transport operations.

WorldWatch...
Our regular series in which Frank Beeton keeps readers up to date with what is happening on the world's trucking stage


 

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