Road Torque News

New Zealand urgently needs to focus on supply chain
Posted on 30-Oct-2020

The global effects of Covid-19 are putting real pressure on the New Zealand supply chain, economist Cameron Bagrie told the road freight transport industry this week. Covid-19 meant no industry conference this year, so the Road Transport Forum invited Cameron to give us one of his popular industry updates via Zoom. There was good news and bad news, and Cameron is pretty good at looking at how you can turn the bad news into good news. But there is no escaping there is pain ahead as we watch parts of Europe and the UK shut down again for a second autumn/winter wave of Covid. W.. ...

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Penske Remains Committed to Australia and New Zealand
Posted on 29-Oct-2020

Following the recent announcement by the US-based Team Penske that it will not return to compete in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in 2021, Penske confirms its long term commitment to the Australian and New Zealand markets through its on- and off-highway businesses. “Since Team Penske partnered with Dick Johnson to form DJR Team Penske several years ago, we have seen tremendous success on the track and in the boardroom,” said Randall Seymore, president of Penske Australia & New Zealand. “We thank DJR Team Penske for helping to make Penske and o.. ...

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All Lanes Closed For Overnight Maintenance On Northern Motorway
Posted on 29-Oct-2020

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises that the Northern Motorway (SH1) will be closed between Oteha Valley Road and Silverdale for essential maintenance over several nights, starting Sunday 1 November. Both northbound and southbound lanes between Oteha Valley Road and Silverdale will be closed between 9:00PM and 5:00AM on: Sunday 1 November to Thursday 5 November Sunday 8 November to Tuesday 10 November Please note this work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled. Contingency dates are Wednesday, 11 and Thursday, 12 November. A signposted detour along Dairy Flat H.. ...

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Are 53 ft containers the answer to better productivity?
Posted on 29-Oct-2020

Canadian retailers think so - Giant Tiger, a Canadian-headquartered discount retailer, is expanding the productivity of its truck fleet by expanding the size of equipment itself. The fleet already incorporates long combination vehicles (LCVs) in its operation, but is now making further investments in 53-foot intermodal containers. The longer units boast 60% more capacity than a standard-height 40-foot container, offering a perfect match for the fleet that often cubes out before maximizing allowable gross vehicle weights. “We cube out way before we weigh out,” says James .. ...

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Scania reveals how they squeeze an extra 3% fuel savings from their new V8
Posted on 29-Oct-2020

Scania’s constant quest to develop its V8 engines further continues into the 2020s and the result is even more fuel efficient engines suited for the most demanding transportation tasks. “We build upon Scania’s vast V8 experience and continue to improve what generations of skilled engineers have learnt, created and achieved before us,” says Göran Lindh, Chief Engineer for Scania’s V8 engines. “There are no quantum leaps, it is all about refining things and adding the latest technology. The new EMS enables a smarter and more advanced engine control.. ...

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