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December 6, 2013updated 12 Apr 2017 4:00pm

Fleet Friday: From MSD to LSE

A weekly round up of fleet news, including: ALD’s big pharma deal, resurgent UK CV sales, VW off-the-shelf prices, 10,000 Transits, nine Volvos to Scrabster and recognition for Tusker.

By Richard Irvine-Brown

A weekly round up of fleet news, including: ALD’s big pharma deal, resurgent UK CV sales, VW off-the-shelf prices, 10,000 Transits, nine Volvos to Scrabster and recognition for Tusker.

ALD extends fleet management for MSD

ALD Automotive and partner Wheels Inc have signed a global framework agreement with US-based pharmaceutical provider Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) to manage its fleet of nearly 15,000 vehicles across 33 countries until 30 June 2014.

Between them, ALD and Wheels will continue to provide MSD with consolidated global account governance, develop fleet reporting and research expansion into emerging markets.

Highest CV registrations in UK post-crisis

The UK commercial vehicle market is on course for its strongest calendar year since 2008 following 28,057 registrations in November, up 22.7% on the same month in 2012, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Year-to-date, 294,991 units have been registered, 10.9% above the figure for the first 11 months of last year.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, said the market was "responding positively to this year’s economic recovery".

VW CV announces off-the-shelf fleet pricing

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched its UK ‘Engineered to go’ range of Crafter dropsides and tippers, available from the brand’s Van Centres.

The range is marketed at company fleets as ‘off-the-shelf’ models with no need for body conversion.

Crafter registrations before 31 December 2013 will start at £299 a month contract hire or finance lease terms with £1,000 initial rental contribution.

10,000 Transit Customs in first year

Ford of Britain has recorded more than 10,000 registrations of the Transit Custom within its first 12 months of sale.

More than 5,500 of the vans have gone to fleets, with the biggest single order, 232 vehicles, coming from Kelly Fleet Services.

Thurso haulier takes nine Volvos

Haulage contractor D Steven & Son has added nine Volvo FH 540 tractor units, supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland, to its 30-strong fleet.

The fleet is run out of Scrabster, Thurso, on Scotland’s north coast and now has no vehicles older than 18 months, with David Steven, company managing director, adding the "hard winters" in the area had prompted the choice and configuration of truck.

Tusker makes LSE list

Tusker, the UK contract hire and salary sacrifice provider, has been named in the first 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain published by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group.

To qualify for the index a company must be a UK SME with revenue growth over the past four years and an increase in workforce, workspace, contract wins or patent filings.

Congratulating those who had been selected for the list, Xavier Rolet, chief executive of the LSE Group, said it was "almost exclusively these companies that have generated new, net job creation in the UK since the financial crisis".

richard.brown@timetric.com

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