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John K Philips adds mega-trailers to its modern fleet
John K Philips Group has become the latest Palletforce member to invest in the new generation of environmentally friendly, double-deck "mega-trailers".
Two of the extra-long units have been added to the firm's existing 26-strong fleet of trailers.
Each is capable of transporting 56 pallets and has been designed not only to increase capacity but reduce emissions. As part of a Government trial to increase load volumes, reduce congestion and slash emissions, the new trailers feature steering axles which also reduce wear and tear on UK roads.
Drivers at the St Helens-based firm have also received special training to handle tractor units fitted with the trailers.
"John K Philips Group has always prided itself on maintaining an extensive modern fleet," said customer service and network supervisor John Brotherton.
"These trailers will make a significant impact on our distribution operations across the UK and Europe, as well as helping the company to meet its environmental responsibilities."
The company started out 40 years ago when founder John Philips bought his first Bedford truck and began delivering paint.
Palletforce Member C&D South West Named Green Award Finalist
A founder member of the Palletforce network is in the running for a prestigious environmental award.
C&D South West has been named a finalist in the environmental category of the Somerset Business Awards, which takes place on October 23.
The Chard-based firm impressed judges by demonstrating its long-term commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency across its entire operation.
This includes major investment in energy efficient, eco-friendly vehicles – including a range of longer trailers as part of the Department for Transport trial to increase load volumes, reduce carbon emissions and maximise fuel efficiency.
However, key to the family-run firm's submission was how membership of the Palletforce network has helped reduce emissions by around 15% across its vehicles used on national trunking routes.
"With road transport accounting for more than 20 per cent of all UK CO2 emissions, the road haulage industry faces tough challenges when it comes to balancing environmental responsibilities with profitability," said Carl Wylde, commercial manager of C&D South West.
Everyone’s a Winner at The Annual Palletforce Golf Tournament
Viamaster Transport was the pride of Yorkshire at the annual Palletforce UK Golf Tournament.
Andrew Warrington, John Child, Jason Marshall and Philip Newton scored an unassailable 90 points to win the team competition for the Castleford-based outfit, holding off stiff opposition from teams made up from members of the UK and Europe's leading palletised distribution network and their customers.
This year's event was held at the McDonald Hill Valley Golf Resort in Whitchurch, Shropshire. With a course designed by former Ryder Cup star and TV commentator Peter Alliss, it has been voted one of the top 10 golf venues in the UK.
The players certainly rose to the occasion, with some superb golf being played during the course of the day.
And there was almost a double celebration for Viamaster's golfing ace Philip Newton, who was pipped in the singles by just two points by Bedford Transport's Dave Webster, with Laurence Bassett of RG Bassett & Sons coming third.
Tänak Hoping to Conquer New Stages in Corsica
Palletforce-backed World Rally Championship star Ott Tänak is venturing into the unknown when the WRC reconvenes for the Tour de Corse this weekend. The tough event has been absent from the championship for the past seven years and the challenge made even higher as Tänak has no prior experience of Corsica's unique roads.
His aim of bagging a solid haul of points will be no mean feat, however, as Tänak and co-driver Raigo Molder have old had two reconnaissance passes to make a completely new set of pacenotes. If that weren't enough, the rough and abrasive asphalt provides one of the most demanding challenges of the year.
Tight and twisty mountain roads are often set between rock faces and steep drops into the sea – leaving no room for error and demanding a confidence-fuelled run in pursuit of the top positions. In a throwback to the endurance rallies of old, the event's 332 competitive kilometres will be contested over a mere nine stages and the team will need to be at the top of their game if they are to fight for the sought-after podium.
Sureway Boss Hits the Road to Raise Child Diabetes Awareness
Bristol haulage boss Rob Lloyd thought diabetes only affected adults – until his teenage daughter was struck down by the disease.
Now he is taking his fleet on the road in an effort to raise awareness about the condition in children, and to say thank-you to the charity that helped his family cope with the shock diagnosis.
Izzy Lloyd, a competitive cheerleader, was just 14 when specialists discovered she was suffering from Type 1 diabetes.
Her dad, who is managing director Sureway Express Transport Ltd, a founding member of the Europe-wide Palletforce network, admits that at first he had no idea what was wrong with her.
"The symptoms are described as the '4 Ts' – thirsty, thinner, tired, and toilet," says Rob, 51. "Izzy's always been a slim kid, and like a typical teenager she's always tired! But when she started drinking pints and pints of water we realised that something wasn't right.
"Like many people I was under the impression that people who got diabetes were my age and had unhealthy lifestyles. When the doctors said she had Type 1 diabetes we were absolutely stunned, because Izzy is the third of four children who are all perfectly healthy, and there has never been any history of the disease in our family."
Type 1 diabetes, which is caused by the body's inability to produce insulin, affects 26,500 children in the UK and every year around 500 become seriously ill because the early signs are missed. If not treated in time, the condition can be fatal.
Following her diagnosis, Izzy must now have regular insulin injections in order to regulate her blood sugar, although the youngster is determined to lead a normal life.
"She's been incredibly resilient about the whole thing and just gets on with it," Rob says. "But we've all received tremendous support from the charity Diabetes UK, who have been on hand every step of the way."
Now Rob has decided to spread the word about diabetes in children by replacing the distinctive blue and white livery on one of his trucks with the charity's logo and information about the disease.
Palletforce Agrees Terms of Acquisition by EmergeVest
Palletforce Plc, a UK leader in express palletised distribution, has reached agreement on the terms of an acquisition by EmergeVest Fund B LP to acquire the entire shareholding of Palletforce, valuing the company at £30 million.
The acquisition will allow Palletforce to benefit from continued investment in its quality distribution services and see it build on its strong relationship with the 88 member companies making up the award-winning network.
With the sale of Palletforce at a substantial premium to the last traded share price in June 2015 through the matched bargain trading facility, each shareholding member is set to benefit financially from the company's growth in revenue and profits.
The partnership with EmergeVest, which has logistics interests in the UK and China, will also create exciting international commercial opportunities for Palletforce and lead to the emergence of the company onto the global stage.
Working together with the present executive management team, EmergeVest has committed to retain and develop the existing business model and to uphold the partnership values with Palletforce network members. Palletforce believes this approach is critical to its ongoing success and underpins the ethos of all parties working together and for each other.
Palletforce has experienced significant growth across the UK and Europe and was recently crowned 'Logistics Supplier of the Year' at The Grocer Gold awards. Volumes in the first six months of the current financial year increased by 20% as the Palletforce network collected and delivered nearly 1.5 million pallets.
Welcome Home Win for Billy as World Championship Hots Up
Teenage trials bike rider Billy Bolt is on target to claim the British Arena Championship following a superb win in a new and challenging event.
Billy, who is sponsored by Palletforce, beat some of the country's top riders at the MacKenzie Super Stars trial, held in Yorkshire in June.
The format was slightly different to the rules governing the World and British Championships, and included 12 spectacular sections combining natural rock features and man-made hazards.
"The event is designed to favour riders and spectators alike, and it made a pleasant break from what's been a really busy schedule," Billy said. "I rode very well all day and it was particularly satisfying to beat the same riders that I compete against every week in the World and British championships."
The event is part of the British Arena Championship, and Billy's win means that he is top of the rider's table with just one round remaining in August. It will also give the 17-year-old Tynesider a much-needed boost as he goes into the final few rounds of his debut World Trials Championship season.
After a superb start for his new team, Scorpa Factory Motorcycles, in which he finished second at the WTC event in the Czech Republic, Billy has found the going tougher as the competition – and the temperature – hots up.
Returning to action in France, he was disappointed to finish ninth after his first two laps put him in contention for a podium place.
"With the venue being at an altitude of 1800m and temperatures that week above 35C I think this began to take its toll and I struggled to find any sort of rhythm with my riding and didn't feel comfortable on the bike at all," Billy said.