Iveco has become the new international sponsor of New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby union team.
Iveco is also sponsoring the June Test Series, which will now be known as the Iveco International Series. The announcement of the new sponsorship was made in Monte Carlo, which was attended by New Zealand rugby union chief executive Chris Moller and Iveco chief Paolo Monferino. All Blacks coach Graham Henry and lock Ali Williams were also there.
Henry said: “The interest of a major organisation like Iveco demonstrates the huge interest in rugby and in the All Blacks all around the world.” The initial agreement is for a period of four years to the end of 2010. Iveco has previously sponsored the Ferrari Formula 1 team and the 2006 Olympic Winter Games held in Turin.
Ruslan International has made three flights delivering mobile generators and power house equipment to Tanzania using an AN-124-100 freighter operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines. The eight generators and single power house unit were carried inside 20-foot containers for their flight from Singapore to Mwanza, Tanzania. Ruslan operated the flight on behalf of Alstom Power under the supervision of Rock-It Cargo in the UK and US. Planning for the three AN-124 flights began before Christmas. The first flight landed in Tanzania on 15 January, followed by other services on 18 and 21 January. Each flight carried 105,000 kilos.
The power generation equipment is rented from China and arrived in Singapore by sea to connect with the Ruslan International flights. Dennis Gliznoutsa, vice president sales of Ruslan International, said: “A lot of careful planning went into this operation that featured sea freight and road transport as well as our three AN-124 flights. It required careful fleet and load planning as we had to achieve unloading of each 105 tonnes shipment within three hours of arrival in Tanzania to ensure prompt onward delivery by the consignee to the equipment’s final destination.”
Ceva Logistics has won an Investor in People accreditation, in part for its new Learning Bus scheme. The Learning Bus programme running at the warehouse site which Ceva operates for B&Q in Branston, Staffordshire, offers people working there, basic learning skills including numeracy and literacy, supported by computer based learning.
Investor in People assessors described the scheme as a ‘fabulous initiative’ giving people basic learning skills.
The assessors visited 12 sites, interviewed 226 people and conducted a postal survey with a further 50 employees. They concluded that “people consistently described a range of learning and training they had undertaken which had met their needs”.
Ceva chief Neil Crossthwaite says: “I have always believed that it is our people who are the key to our success and that training and development programmes are vital to ensure our future growth and prosperity.”
Human resources director John Paterson said: “We are the only large logistics company with the Investor in People accreditation across its entire business. We know that our training and people development programmes are among the best in the industry, but it is always gratifying to have external assessors come in and confirm that.”
Scania has launched its Young European Truck Driver competition for the third year running. The European grand final will be held in Sweden on the 21 September, where the winning driver will receive a Scania R-series truck.