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2013 Pirelli calendar unveiled in Rio

The 2013 Pirelli Calendar has been unveiled in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The creator of the 40th edition of ‘The Cal’™ is Steve McCurry, one of the world’s most renowned photographers, who recounts the recent social and economic transformation of Brazil. His work celebrates the beauty and colours that characterise the South American country, which takes centre stage in the Pirelli Calendar for the third time, following Patrick Demarchelier’s 2005 edition and Terry Richardson’s calendar shoot in 2010. Continue reading

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Bevan box offers the best of all worlds

Bigger, lighter and built to a higher standard – the Bevan Group box body fitted to Dowding & Plummer’s new 7.5-tonner is a winner from all angles. The Birmingham-based company manufactures and supplies commercial floor cleaning machines and the new truck wears the colours of its market-leading Victor range, which includes scrubber driers, vacuums, sweepers, spray extractors and buffers. Continue reading

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Fleetmatics tells SMEs how to reduce fuel wastage

Fleetmatics, a leading global provider of fleet management solutions for commercial fleet vehicles, has launched its first two e-books in a series of publications to help the SME (Small and Medium sized Enterprises) business owner. The first e-book gives an insight into how businesses can highlight and remove fuel wastage while the second identifies ten ways in which fleet management can improve operational efficiency. Continue reading

Crucial road improvements to be delivered twice as fast

Motorists and hauliers will benefit from increased capacity on England’s motorways by spring 2015 thanks to the acceleration of three upgrades, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has nnounced.

These will be delivered in this spending review period rather than the next, as the government introduces major improvements to the way road schemes are planned and built.

This new way of working should in future see lanes added to motorways in up to half the time it normally takes.

The three schemes being accelerated are:

M3 J2 to 4a, Surrey

M6 J10a to 13, West Midlands

M1 J28 to 31, Derbyshire

Vital improvements to A160/A180 route to the Port of Immingham will also start construction sooner than originally planned in the summer of 2015 and completed autumn 2016 – cutting 18 months off the original construction timetable.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I am determined to cut the time it takes to upgrade our roads in half by dismantling procedures that have slowed us down.”

Together these schemes will increase capacity for millions of road users by 72 miles. My ambition is that in future all major road schemes will be accelerated, tackling congestion more quickly and boosting the economy.

Goodyear extends TreadMax retread range

TreadMax, Goodyear’s premium moldcure retread range, has been extended with the addition of six new tyres within four different application segments. Having similar carcasses, tread patterns and tread compounds as the equivalent new tyres, the new Goodyear retreads offer excellent levels of performance, helping to further reduce both vehicle operating costs and environmental impact. Continue reading