Rail freight operator English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS) is ordering at least 360 new rail freight wagons during 2005, building on the £500M already invested in new locomotives, wagons, facilities and equipment since it was formed nine years ago. This multimillion pound investment is for growth in rail freight services in Britain and mainland Europe. New wagons are being built for EWS’s aggregate and petroleum services, following success by the company in winning major long-term haulage contracts from customers in these two important sectors. EWS is also investing in a new multi-user wagon to convey a variety of goods for different markets.
Pontrilas Timber, which makes timber products including oak beams, oak fencing and decking boards, has selected M&W Toyota Handling to replace its 22-strong forklift fleet and provide a comprehensive service agreement which guarantees quick response times and minimal downtime. Terry Evans, hardwood manager at Pontrilas Timber, says: “I have a fleet of 22 forklifts for moving stock around the yard and for loading and unloading of lorries.”
Davies Turner is gearing up to help shippers that are looking to capitalise on Romania’s emergence as a strong regional economy ahead of its accession to membership of the EU in 2007. The company already offers trailer services for full loads as well as part loads on demand, and is now adding scheduled direct services for groupage consignments, with guaranteed departures every Friday in both directions. The services are operated by modern, double manned trucks equipped with the latest GPS technology.
Third-party logistics group Exel has sold Cory Environmental to Montagu Private Equity for a cash payment of £200M on completion plus a further £5M of deferred contingent consideration. Cory is a leading recycling and waste management company which operates in more than 30 locations throughout the UK, providing expert services in the collection, recycling and disposal of waste as well as municipal cleansing.
Thamesport (London) has taken delivery of a further eight new Terberg terminal tractors. These are in addition to the seven machines that arrived at the port in October last year. Thamesport currently has 35 terminal tractors operating on site. With a total area of 85 hectares, this injection of new equipment, to replace older, less efficient machines, will ensure faster turnaround times to and from the yard and quay. In addition to the terminal tractors, Thamesport also has three new Kalmar empty container handlers from Finning which enable the port to handle empty containers even more quickly and efficiently.