In Diesel News this week, K&S, Brisbane Truck Show, New Daimler Boss and Roadside Fatigue Checks are featured, as well as a mining road transport row.
Researchers are using devices to look at eyelid movements to detect and assess the severity of drowsiness being experienced. This opens up the possibility of roadside checks to assess driver’s fitness to drive, in the future.
“Because we can’t measure it very well, we’ve only scratched the surface in terms of educating people about the fatigue risk,” said Professor Mark Howard, Director of the Victorian Respiratory Support Service at Austin Hospital. “When people are starting to notice difficulty in keeping their eyes open, they may wind the window down or turn the radio up.
“They’re actually signs that you’re starting to become drowsy and impaired, but people tend to ignore those and don’t relate them to having a higher risk of having a crash.”
K&S Corporation Limited has announced a profit before tax of $5.8 million for the half year period ended December 31 2016. The result is 13.6 per cent higher than the previous corresponding period. Profit after tax was $4.0 million compared to previous years underlying profit after tax of $3.6 million.
K&S reported a reduction in its Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate, reducing 16.8 per cent over the previous period. Operating revenue was $352.0 million, down 0.9 per cent on the previous corresponding period.
Revenue from K&S’ resource based businesses continued to decline, but was partly offset by increased revenue from fuel and aviation transport with K&S Energy and Aero Refuellers.
K&S also reported progress on the merger between Scott Corporation and K&S Corporation, asset transfers were completed on January 30. The statement said the integration process is advanced and progressing well.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show, taking place in the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre May 25-28.
“Naturally there’s an expectation that any new trucks you’ve read about will be there,” said Noelene Bradley, Show Manager. “There have been some high-profile releases recently and they’ll all be on display, offering visitors a chance to get into the cabs and compare features and build quality.
“There are also more trailers and equipment than ever before, with loads of exciting innovation on display. Everything from PBS tippers and tankers to livestock crates.
“Add to that three levels of engines, components, equipment, technology, and support services. There is a lot to see, so most people will come for a couple of days.”
The Innovation Centre will feature dynamic and interactive displays and demonstrations and information. Displays will showcase industry design and manufacturing innovations, research and development success stories, and connect businesses with support programs and services.
The Apprentice Challenge has previously been a Queensland based competition, but this time will see three regional teams work simultaneously, on identical trucks, supplied by Fuso Australia, to identify and rectify a series of programmed faults as the clock ticks.
After the abrupt resignation of Wolfgang Bernhard as head of Daimler’s global truck and bus operations, the current President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, Martin Daum has been named to take on the role.
On Feb. 27, the Supervisory Board of Germany-based Daimler AG appointed Daum, 57, as the Board of Management member with responsibility for the Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses divisions.
Daum joined Daimler in North America in June, 2009, running Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and Detroit Diesel Corporation.
He had come from a role with Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Europe as Vice President Production, responsible for the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth, Germany.
Glencore, the company running copper mining operations in Mount Isa, Queensland is, currently, using road transport to haul all of the mine’s product by road to Townsville. This follows a row after Glencore dropped Aurizon as its rail freight provider and engaged Pacific National to handle the task.
Aurizon then refused to sell or hire its rolling stock to the new rail contractor, leaving the contractors and mine operator in confusion. The solution being used by Glencore until the situation is resolved is to move the product by road.