Building on the investment which Encon made to its fleet last year, an additional 46 new vehicles have recently been acquired plus an extra 41 Hiab Moffett off-load vehicles.

Hepworth Clay has invested in new transport livery to further promote the benefits of its clay drainage products the length and breadth of the UK.

Aggregate Industries is introducing a new fleet of safer and more advanced mechanical offload trailers and EN-XL curtainsiders, as part of its new logistics partnership with Eddie Stobart.

Champion Timber has invested in two new 7.2 tonne Iveco curtain-sided lorries with 5.1 metre beds. The investment will bring significant benefits to both Champion staff and to customers receiving the delivered materials.

This summer, Champion Timber was awarded bronze status in the Fleet Operation Recognition Scheme (FORS), a voluntary accreditation scheme for vehicle compliance and safety awareness.

Linde Material Handling has reported record sales figures, increasing revenue from €3,077.2 million in 2014 to €3,429.8 million in 2015. The company processed 100,000 truck orders last year – the highest ever in the company’s 136 year history.

Calders and Grandidge have added a new Ford Transit to their delivery fleet, the vehicle is an increase on their existing delivery fleet enabling them to carry out local deliveries more efficiently.

Aggregate Industries UK has named Eddie Stobart as its Concrete Products division’s new logistics supply partner.

Jungheinrich is extending its robust internal combustion series with the Series 5, featuring lifting capacities of 4, 4.5 and 5 tonnes, and these universally applicable fork trucks have torque converters that deliver high throughput rates. These hydrodynamic stackers are particularly strong over medium and long outdoor travel routes, featuring a soft, gentle approach and efficiency at medium and high speeds.

As part of a strategic corporate initiative to increase product availability across central Europe, Terex Construction has announced the appointment of Austria-based Kuhn Group. Having joined the Terex international distributor network in April, the equipment specialist provides backhoe loader sales, service and product support.

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has revealed details of Fork Truck Watchdog, its landmark scheme to tackle poor standards and rogue trading in the materials handling marketplace.

Hanson UK’s entire fleet of company-owned vehicles has received the highest standard in the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS). The gold award was previously held only by Hanson’s cement division, but has now been awarded across all business lines, a great accolade for the company’s 352 vehicles and 11 operating centres.

As part of its capital investment programme, manufacturer Russell Roof Tiles has invested £250,000 in replacing and upgrading its forklift trucks with eight new vehicles.

Murdock Builders Merchants, an independent family-owned builders’ merchant, has reduced its fuel costs by 10% after implementing a telematics system from Masternaut.

Hope Construction Materials has unveiled 48 state-of-the-art rail wagons, developed in partnership with VTG Rail UK.

Hopkins Concrete has rewarded the exceptional driving performance of one of its employees with a new Mercedes jacket.

Wienerberger branded trucks.

Wienerberger has announced that a fleet of branded trucks will be taking to the roads in 2016 to deliver the company’s products.

As part of its proactive role in the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) programme and its adherence to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), CCF has invested in two brand new Mercedes Econic trucks that will protect vulnerable road users and meet the safety criteria of major contractors in the Capital.

Haldane Fisher has taken delivery of two 5t capacity Combilift 4-wheeled sideloaders at its Newry-based head office in Northern Ireland to move large packs of timber in and around the production and sawmill areas.

Linde Material Handling has expanded its range of electric tow tractors with the launch of its latest P20 model with a two tonne towing capacity, making it capable of pulling up to five small trailers.

Aliaxis’ new fleet of specialist commercial vehicles.

Aliaxis has introduced a dedicated fleet of more than 30 specialist commercial vehicles to meet with its nationwide operational requirements for its UK brands, which include Hunter Plastics, Marley Plumbing & Drainage and Durapipe UK.

Following the success of Hopkins Concrete apprentice, Sam Hughes, who has gained his Class One Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) licence, the Somerset-based company is keen to encourage other would-be drivers to apply for the scheme.

Keyline, the distributor of construction and civils materials, has invested close to £1m to provide Yard Grab equipment at its yards across the UK. This measure has been taken as part of an on-going Keyline programme to enhance employee health and safety.

Predictions on the severity of this year's winter conditions may be as diverse as the British weather itself, but what remains certain is that businesses need to plan ahead for every eventuality.

The Jungheinrich Group has announced an increase of 13% in net sales in the second quarter of 2015, while orders grew by 9%.

The Jungheinrich Group has announced its acquisition of the German-owned MIAS Group to boost its logistics operations.

Rudridge has been awarded Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) gold status.

Tarmac has become the first company in the UK to trial a new Econic concrete mixer vehicle, underlining a commitment to improving vulnerable road user safety, the company says.

Linde Material Handling has added the option of an elevating cabin to its forklift range, designed for heavy forklift trucks in the load capacity range from 10 to 18 tonnes.

In response to market conditions and customer demand, commercial vehicle sales company MAC’s Truck Sales has announced plans to launch a dedicated truck rental business to complement its long established truck sales operation.

Terex's TLB890 backhoe has increased company productivity, Aberdeen owner-operator Colin Smith claims.

One of International Timber’s liveried trailers.

International Timber has aligned with Canute Logistics to develop its first phase of dedicated livened trailers.

Alsford Timber has begun to implement significant upgrades to its commercial fleet.

Circle Express has invested in a new fleet of Jungheinrich forklift trucks after the freight distribution company’s previous trucks came to the end of their lifespan.

Tracking technology has been introduced across 193 Wolseley company vehicles with a view to improving customer deliveries, increasing driver safety and reducing fuel consumption by up to 10%.

Andy Watson, deputy rail manager, Clive Roberts, national logistics manager, and Frank Cooper, team leader next to a tailor-made rail wagon.

Hope Construction Materials has announced a major investment in rail transportation from its flagship Derbyshire cement operation.

Gibbs & Dandy has purchased 15 new vehicles.

Builders’ merchant Gibbs & Dandy has invested in its delivery service with the purchase of 15 new vehicles.

CHEP's pallet stack.

Travis Perkins has signed a five-year contract with CHEP, a provider of pallet and container pooling solutions, which will significantly modernise the supply chain of the construction industry in the UK.

Ibstock has invested in its vehicle fleet with the addition of 20 new trucks

Paul Cleary, sales director at Elliotts, with the new trucks.

Elliotts has made a substantial investment in its fleet of commercial vehicles, following its opening of a new branch in the south.

Lafarge Tarmac has made a multi-million pound investment in a new fleet of cutting edge equipment and machinery.

Fox’s Pallets recently acquired three Jungheinrich DFG 316 forklift trucks. This is the latest chapter in Jungheinrich’s successful long-term relationship with the Kettering-based nationwide pallet supplier.

As part of its ongoing programme of operational improvements, Timbmet has announced the expansion and modernisation of its transport fleet.

Peter Hindle MBE, chairman of the BMF.

Members of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), including the entire BMF board, were out in force for the launch of the new JCB Merchant Master Teletruk at JCB World Headquarters in Staffordshire.

Farnham-based Rudridge has announced that it has taken delivery of four new JCB TLT30D 4x4 Teletruck Forklifts.

Pallet Trucks UK has seen two new trucks join its range of manual handling equipment.

In a drive to meet international emissions regulations, Terex Construction has released a Tier 4 Final-compliant range of 6-tonne site dumpers.

A Sprinter 313 CDI.

Mercedes-Benz Vans dealer Hughes of Aylesbury has teamed up with high-profile customer Grant & Stone to offer incentives for operators buying new vehicles and arranging test drives.

Segregating pedestrians and fork trucks is fundamental to improving safety.

In what is described as its most ambitious initiative to date, the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is spearheading a nationwide drive to improve safety at every site that uses fork lift trucks.

The TLB890 backhoe loader.

Global construction solutions provider, Terex, is launching a limited edition engine for its backhoe loader range to celebrate the machine’s 55th anniversary.

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