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Colin Patchell, a member of a leading family in New Zealand’s heavy trailer manufacturing industry, is now the CEO of Roadmaster. Patchell, who worked at the Patchell Group for 11 years – rising to the position of group general manager – moved to Roadmaster as operations general manager after a 2011 restructure. Two years later, a Roadmaster restructure saw him change roles to sales manager. Now, under current owners the Modern Transport Group, he’s been appointed chief executive officer, a role previously held by Ross Bell. Patchell, who has built 20 years’ experience in the industry since graduating from Otago University with a management degree, says..
NZ Truck & Driver News - July 2020

Northland-based CPL Group has recently acquired Kiwitarp – and has begun expanding the heavy transport load covers business. CPL, based in Kaiwaka, started life as Canvas Plus in 1975 – manufacturing canvas and leather goods, and over the years the family business has grown into an international supplier of asset and weather-protection covers to the aviation, mining and transport industries. CPL Group director of marketing and business development Brentley Stewart says that until the purchase “a good portion” of Kiwitarp’s systems “were manufactured offshore due to the product’s technical aspect. “CPL Group has established a good founda..
NZ Truck & Driver News - July 2020

A company offering truck drivers for hire on a job-by-job basis believes it can help transport operators facing uncertainties over staffing levels in the wake of New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdowns. DGH, which says it has a pool of almost 1000 contract drivers available nationwide, believes that “many trucking and transport businesses are facing worrying workload uncertainty. “Some have seen major decreases in demand – where others have seen increased workloads, putting extensive pressure on resources. “Businesses are challenged with complicated and expensive staffing decisions – holding staff during unproductive periods or recruiting new staff to ..
NZ Truck & Driver News - July 2020

Scania has added a new service dealer to its South Island representation – forming a partnership with ACL Smallbone to cover south Canterbury and mid-Canterbury. The arrangement follows the merger last year between existing Scania service dealer Smallbone Timaru and Ashburton contracting business ACL – a get-together aimed at expansion, with a new Ashburton workshop just opened. Scania says that ACL Smallbone – operating from two main locations, in Timaru and Ashburton – is “a perfect fit for our network.” The partnership will establish “a mega site for commercial vehicles in the region.” Scania New Zealand managing director Mattias Lu..
NZ Truck & Driver News - July 2020

A Government-funded study that explored transitioning New Zealand’s road freight to alternative green fuels, acknowledges that there’s a lot more work to do before green freight is viable, according to Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett. He welcomed the opportunity for the Forum to have some involvement with the Ministry of Transport’s 2020 Green Freight Working Paper as it gathered information. “It is always good to plan for the future and we can’t put our head in the sand and pretend we can run on diesel forever,” Leggett reasons. “It’s not just the Government calling for greener solutions across all aspects of our lives..
NZ Truck & Driver News - July 2020

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