McAleese, Toll and Uber are in the news this week, as well as an environmental initiative from Asko and Scania.
McAleese CEO Mark Rowsthorn is back in the news, telling investors to recognise the $166 million investment made in the 2013 is now worthless, calling for them to move on. He is asking them to invest more money in order to restructure the business and take it back into private hands.
The appointment of Bruce Wilson as Divisional Director, Toll Global Express was announced this week. He has been acting in this role since April, managing the express freight operations and business logistics solutions in Australia including the Toll IPEC, Toll People and Toll Priority businesses.
“Bruce has done an outstanding job acting in this role over the past few months. He is a proven leader who brings a deep understanding of our industry and customers to the role,” said Brian Kruger, Toll Managing Director. “Bruce will lead the team to deliver an ambitious growth strategy, with an ongoing focus on a culture of safety, on continuous improvement and delivering outstanding service to customers.”
Uber gets into the trucking game buying a technology start up called Otto which is designing and building autonomous trucks for the future.
“Together, we now have one of the strongest autonomous engineering groups in the world; self-driving trucks and cars that are already on the road thanks to Otto and Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh,” said a statement form Uber.
Asko, Norway’s largest convenience goods wholesaler, is working together with Scania to start testing trucks with an electric powertrain. Electrical energy is converted from hydrogen gas in fuel cells on board the vehicles. The hydrogen gas will be produced locally, using solar cells. The trucks will run in distribution service with distances of almost 500 km.