This week in Diesel News we are concentrating on PBS, Cummins/Eaton, Young Drivers and Truck Sales as well as a new face at Isuzu.
The Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has announced a partnership with Advantia Transport Consulting to deliver Performance Based Standards (PBS) training. The ‘master class’ is aimed to fill a void for engineers, management and sales staff of truck, trailer and body manufacturers and dealers, as well as operators of PBS vehicles.
Rob Di Cristoforo founded Advantia Transport Consulting in 2008 to work with the road transport industry and government agencies to improve heavy vehicle productivity and safety outcomes.
“There has been a lack of practical, usable, real-world information available regarding the PBS scheme,” said Di Cristoforo. ”We have designed this one-day course to help manufacturers, dealers and end-users understand what can be achieved, and how to go about it. The masterclass will provide detailed insights into the opportunities offered by the PBS scheme.
“We’ll then walk participants through the process of getting vehicles from concept onto the road, achieving great productivity benefits.”
The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) announced Drew Cannon as the 2017 winner of the LBRCA Young Driver Award. The award in its third year and sponsored by SafeWork NSW, recognises outstanding young drivers under 35 who demonstrate a best practice approach to driving and safety. The major prize is a $5,000 study tour to the USA.
Drew will soon be on his way to various livestock centres across the USA to gain an understanding of international livestock transport and handling practices.
“Drew is a worthy recipient of this award”, said Lynley Miners, LBRCA President. “Hailing from Tamworth NSW and operating predominantly road trains across the country for his employer Stockmaster, Drew is a true role model for the regional transport industry. Drew is described as a quiet achiever but his dedication and passion to the industry is loud and clear”.
Cummins/Eaton Joint Venture
In the US, Eaton and Cummins have announced an agreement to form a joint venture for automated transmissions for heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial vehicles. The joint venture will be named Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies.
The joint venture will design, assemble, sell and support all future medium-duty and heavy-duty automated transmissions for the commercial vehicle market. Cummins and Eaton will each own 50 per cent of the new joint venture. Under the terms of the agreement, Eaton will receive US$600 million in cash from Cummins for 50 per cent interest in the joint venture.
“Customers are focused on powertrain solutions that provide the best combination of technology, performance and quality,” said Craig Arnold, Eaton Chairman and CEO. “Our joint venture with Cummins will leverage the technical strengths and experience of two industry leaders with long histories and deep industry expertise to provide superior automated transmission technology for our global customers.”
New Fleet Sales Manager
Isuzu has announced the appointment of Steven Goulding as it’s new National Fleet Sales Manager. Goulding joined Isuzu earlier this year, bringing with him over 20 years’ management experience in the automotive and capital equipment hire industries.
His most recent role was as General Manager of Jet Vac Equipment, where he spent three years managing major customer portfolios and overseeing the sale of hydro evacuation equipment imported from America. He fills the gap left when Les Spaltman, who served as National Fleet Sales Manager for three years, was appointed Isuzu’s National Sales Manager last year.
The first two months of calendar year 2017 saw boom sales in January followed by a crash in February, however March results were far more consistent and in line with expectations and at the end of quarter one the new truck market looks in quite good shape, according to the Truck Industry Council.
First quarter sales are the best that have seen for almost a decade. Year-to-date a total of 7,158 trucks and vans have been delivered in Australia, this is an increase of 383 units over this time last year, a 5.7 per cent increase. In fact one must rewind to 2008 where 8,267 trucks were sold in January through to March to find a better start to the year (compared to 2017, the 2008 result was a substantial 13.4 per cent better). Looking just at the month of March 2017 in isolation, 2,962 vehicles were sold, an increase of 293 trucks (11.0 per cent) over March 2016.