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Direct Rail Services is introducing a fully daily service from container port Thamesport (London) to Daventry, having previously operated an ‘on-demand’ service for key customers only. The development follows GB Railfreight’s decision to extend its network of services to include Thamesport. GB Railfreight has started a twice-weekly service connecting the port with the Midlands and North-west. Thamesport now has four train companies providing services.

Eurofreight Umbrella, the pan-European network of independent forwarders, has recruited Dublin-based Celtic Forwarding as its Irish member. Celtic Forwarding, with four bases in Dublin, Waterford, Limerick and Drogheda, offers global air- and ocean forwarding, FCL/LCL services to major global markets, and FCL/LCL road freight and container services to and from Europe, Eastern Europe and the CIS. It also provides customs brokerage, full logistics, warehousing and breakbulk, and operates nationwide from its 2,046sq m hub at Dublin Airport.

Kalmar Industries is selling the entire share capital in cab producer Velsa to Finland’s Rautaruukki Corporation, for an undisclosed sum, to concentrate on the marketing, development, assembly and servicing of container and heavy materials handling equipment. Christer Granskog, Kalmar chief executive officer, says: “The key to providing the best service to our customers involves staying close to them, developing and assembling good products and offering efficient services based on our knowledge of their needs.”

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