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May 31, 2013updated 12 Apr 2017 4:02pm

Fleet Friday: Alphabet, Iveco, racks and capture

A weekly roundup of the latest UK fleet news featuring Alphabet’s fleet report, Iveco’s order, Supertrucks’ rack-fitting, Vertivia’s mileage capture and Tusker’s ‘accelerated’ CEO.

By Richard Irvine-Brown

A weekly roundup of the latest UK fleet news featuring Alphabet’s fleet report, Iveco’s order, Supertrucks’ rack-fitting, Vertivia’s mileage capture and Tusker’s ‘accelerated’ CEO.

Alphabet fleet report ‘positive

The Alphabet Fleet Management Report (AFMR) has been declared as a ‘positive’ indicator for fleet in 2013.

According to Alphabet, the fleet lessor under the BMW umbrella, 81% of fleet managers predicted their fleets would not shrink during 2013, up from 70% in the report for the previous year. Meanwhile, 31% expected their fleet budget to grow, up from 27% the previous year.

Looking at where fleet managers have spent their budgets, Alphabet has reported 40% of fleet managers invested in hybrid vehicles, up 3ppts on the previous year; 37% in telematics, down 7ppts; and 28% in electric vehicles, up 6ppts.

Widdowson takes 21 Stralis for five-year minimum

Iveco Capital has financed the order of 21 Iveco Stralis Hi-Road tractor units by Leicester-based haulier the Widdowson Group.

The first 10 units were delivered in May with the next 11 following over a six-month period.

As with the rest of the 125 Widdowson fleet, all trucks will be fitted with the Masternaut fleet management system.

The Widdowson Group keeps its vehicles on the road for five years, occasionally extended to seven.

Supertrucks fit contract hire

Six Volkswagen Crafter vans for use by glass- and window-fitting firm 7 Day Windows and on contract hire by the Burnt Tree Group have been kitted out by Supertrucks.

Supertrucks, makers and fitters of transport equipment for the glass and windows trade, has equipped full interior and exterior racking on to the six vehicles.

Peter Wright, chairman of the St Helens-based manufacturer, explained "this latest order demonstrates Supertrucks’ ability to meet both customer requirements and those of contract hire and leasing companies." In particular, the fitting of external panels without drilling into side panels "has significant value to customers wishing to maximise residual values at the end of a three- or four-year operational life."

PaperlinX pick Vertivia

International merchant group PaperlinX has agreed to expand the use of the mileage capture management system run by Vertivia.

The system will be rolled out to the rest of the PaperlinX’s businesses in the UK, adding 200 further users to the previous two companies and 150 vehicles, within the Group and operating in the commercial print sector, to use it.

The system is designed for companies to measure and administrate fuel usage and trends.

Hosking to Accelerate

David Hosking, chief executive of contract hire and leasing provider Tusker, has been asked to join the Accelerate 250, a business community promoted by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young.

The first meeting of the community will be held at the Accelerate 2013 festival in Liverpool on 27 June, aiming to raise appreciation for the UK’s fastest growing businesses.

Hosking said the company was "excited by the prospect of joining up with the very best that Britain’s businesses have to offer".

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