Guy Young becomes General Manager at AHAA

Guy Young becomes General Manager at AHAA

Auto Haulers Association of America (AHAA) has appointed Guy Young as their General Manager.

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Guy Young comes to AHAA with more than 30 years of experience in trade association and transportation management including industry safety, compliance and training.

Young most recently served as the President & CEO of the Kentucky Trucking Association. Prior to that Young served 22 years as the Vice President & Chief Development Officer for the Georgia Motor Trucking Association. Before joining GMTA, Young was employed by Atlanta-based Transport South, Inc. and specialised in safety compliance, driver recruiting and training, training seminars, and the development of quality improvement processes.

Young is a native of Gulf Shores, Alabama, attended Auburn University and holds a B.S. degree in Transportation and Physical Distribution.

Auto Haulers Association of America is a collective effort, intended to cause positive change through improvements to the auto hauling industry as a whole. They focus on the needs of auto haulers and vehicle logistics providers of all sizes.

MetroGistics has now become Acertus

MetroGistics has now become Acertus

MetroGistics, through acquisitions of McNutt, AmeriFleet and Metro Title Services, has rebranded as a new entity called Acertus.

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The new name reflects the companies' coming together to form a one-stop shop offering world-class vehicle lifecycle solutions to all its combined customers including OEMs, dealers and fleet management companies. With headquarters in St. Louis, Acertus will maintain facilities in Alpharetta, Georgia, and Lenexa, Kansas.

The new logo features dynamic design, a sleek font, modern colours, and a graphic element resembling a "pinpoint" found on electronic maps. The logo's forward-motion swoosh and company tagline "Relentless Drive to Deliver" reflect the company's commitment to innovation and customer service.

MetroGistics was founded in 2010 as a vehicle-transport company and acquired the logistics provider McNutt Automotive Logistics in 2014. MetroGistics acquired AmeriFleet, NorthAmerica's top fleet logistics and services company, in 2016, along with Metro Title Services, the national leader in vehicle title and registration services, in 2017. Both AmeriFleet and Metro Title Services are industry leaders, each with more than 20 years of experience.

"As Acertus, we will now be able to offer more services to help our customers while also maintaining the same high level of extraordinary commitment in all we do," said William Billiter, MetroGistics' co-founder and CEO.

"Our individual operations have already realised efficiencies and adopted best practices that will maintain our reputation as a technological leader focused on providing clients with market-leading solutions," stated Scott Naz, co-founder of MetroGistics and CSO. "Going forward, we remain focused on innovation and technology to further integrate and optimise our services."

Acertus will offer and expand on the transportation services, including car haul and driveaway, fleet logistics and management, innovative technology solutions, title and registration, compliance and care services, vehicle storage at more than 60 locations throughout North America and final-mile delivery solutions

"Although our name has changed, our customers will still see familiar faces and the same customer-first, dedicated, responsive commitment they've always counted on," said Eric Kaseff, co-founder of Metro Title Services and executive vice president, title and registration.

"The complementary nature of our service capabilities creates the platform for delivering a market-leading suite of services for the commercial fleet, OEM, dealer and rental-car markets, as well as local DMVs," stated John Norris, executive vice president, client services.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean introduces new vessel

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean introduces new vessel

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean welcomed MV Titus, with a capacity of 8000 cars, to its fleet of neo-panamax vessels.

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"For a modern, efficient and environmentally sound fleet, Wallenius Wilhelmsen continues to replace older tonnage with modern vessels in line with their long-term plan. As she starts her journey today, Titus is one of the most efficient neo-panamax vessel on the seas," said Michael Hynekamp, President & COO Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean.

Titus is a High Efficiency RoRo (HERO) class vessel specially designed to reduce energy consumption and emissions per tonne/kilometer of cargo transported. The advanced hull is tailored for efficient operations in a wide range of sea conditions, and dramatically improves the cargo to ballast ratio. The increased beam (36.5m) provides better stability, hence less need for ballast water.

Extensive model testing has been performed to optimise the hull to reduce drag and wave resistance, thus improving fuel efficiency. The engine has been tuned for low-load operation to reduce the specific fuel consumption in normal operation and she has an efficient bunker system that can operate on different bunker qualities. The cargo hold, with its two-pillar design and electrically hoistable deck panels, allows for flexible operations and is optimised to transport breakbulk, rolling equipment and cars.

MV Titus is the first of a series of four Post-Panamax vessels with a combined capacity of 32 000 CEU. The second vessel in the series is expected to enter service later this year and two are scheduled for delivery in 2019. WW Ocean already has four vessels of the HERO design in operation, which have proven their ability to deliver from an operational and environmental perspective.

"We see that the global RoRo capacity is becoming more balanced, and our focus is to make sure we have a flexible fleet, able to ramp up and scale down capacity in line with customer demand. As rates remain under pressure and CO2 regulation for shipping is evolving, we continue to monitor developments and assess our future capacity needs," said Hynekamp.

Titus is the first Large Car and Truck Carrier ever built at CSIC Xingang and the first Chinese built LCTC in the WW Ocean fleet. From pre-contract stage to delivery, the project has been supervised by Wallenius Marine.

On her maiden voyage, Titus' first port of call will be Yantai, from where she will be sailing the Asia – North America trade.

Daimler Trucks launches two new Freightliner Electric trucks

Daimler Trucks launches two new Freightliner Electric trucks

Freightliner Trucks premiered two fully electrified commercial vehicles, a Freightliner eCascadia heavy-duty truck and a Freightliner eM2 106 medium-duty truck today, during the Daimler Trucks Capital Market and Technology Day in Portland.

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Freightliner plans to deliver an Electric Innovation Fleet of 30 vehicles to customers later this year for further testing under real-world operating conditions.

Both electrified Freightliner models are designed to fit specific applications, carefully identified through an extensive co-creation process with customers. The goal is to build and deliver commercial electric vehicles that support the business and sustainability goals of our customers.

The eCascadia has up to 730 peak horsepower. The batteries provide 550 Kwh usable capacity, a range of up to 250 miles and have the ability to charge up to 80% (providing a range of 200 miles) in about 90 minutes. The eM2 has up to 480 peak horsepower. The batteries provide 325 Kwh of usable capacity, a range of up to 230 miles and have the ability to charge up to 80% (providing a range of 184 miles) in about 60 minutes.

"The Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 are designed to meet customer needs for electrified commercial vehicles serving dedicated, predictable routes where the vast majority of daily runs fall between 45 and 150 miles," said Roger Nielsen, president and chief executive officer of DTNA. " The eCascadia, utilising North America's bestselling Class 8 platform, and eM2 106, based on one of the most in-demand medium-duty truck designs, are built on validated, series production trucks in extensive use by our customers every day."

The Freightliner eCascadia with 80,000 lb. gross combined weight rating (GCWR) and eM2 with 26,000 lb. GCWR are part of Daimler Trucks' global electrified truck initiative. The Mercedes-Benz eActros, with a range up to 124 miles and a 55,000 lb. GCWR, is now entering testing for distribution applications with customers in Europe, while the E-FUSO Vision One, a Class 8 concept truck in Japan with a range of 220 miles and a 51,000 lb. GCWR, gives an outlook on the electrification of the Fuso portfolio. The FUSO eCanter, a light-duty truck, is already available in series model production as a fully electric truck from Daimler Trucks.

"DTNA is striving to develop electric commercial vehicles that reduce emissions and enhance our customers' bottom lines through improved uptime and lower operating costs," said Richard Howard, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Freightliner Trucks. "With the largest dealer and service network in North America, we will offer unparalleled access to factory-trained technicians, parts and support. We will leverage this network to support the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet and, as more electric commercial vehicles are delivered to our customers, we will provide the superior support they expect from Freightliner."

DTNA understands the success of electric commercial vehicles requires extensive knowledge and support on the infrastructure side, and is leading the initiative to develop a commercial vehicle charging infrastructure for North America. Daimler AG, DTNA's parent company, is a founding member of CharIN, the Charging Interface Initiative, an effort to develop a standard charging system for battery-powered vehicles. DTNA is heading a CharIN taskforce to develop a new electric commercial vehicle charging standard globally, collaborating with utilities and service providers to foster a supportive environment for high-voltage charging networks and serve as a trusted consultant for customers.

Schaeffler to open new Logistics Centre in Kitzingen, Germany

Schaeffler to open new Logistics Centre in Kitzingen, Germany

The Schaeffler Group has inaugurated its new European Distribution Centre (EDC) Central in Kitzingen (Germany).

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Schaeffler has invested around €110 million ($128.7 million) in the construction of the new location in Lower Franconia. Approximately 100 employees currently work in Kitzingen, but that number will increase to around 200 by the middle of next year. During the official opening ceremony of the central warehouse, Georg F. W. Schaeffler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG said: "This new logistics centre at our new Kitzingen location is a further milestone in the implementation of our strategy 'Mobility for tomorrow'. At the same time, we regard the new EDC Central as a commitment to the Franconian region, to Bavaria and to Germany as a location."

With its conveniently located position in the centre of Europe, Schaeffler's new central warehouse in Kitzingen is the central point of Schaeffler's European warehouse network. Until now, the network of European distribution centres (EDC) has comprised a warehouse for Northern Europe in Arlandastad, Sweden and a warehouse for Southern Europe in Carisio, Italy.

In addition to the company's headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Middle Franconia and the new location in Kitzingen, Lower Franconia, the globally active automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is present at ten further locations in Bavaria.

The Bavarian State Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder, who attended the inauguration of the EDC Central as honorary guest, said: "Kitzingen is now the centre of Schaeffler's European logistics system. This is a huge investment for Schaeffler AG and an excellent development for Lower Franconia as a location and Bavaria as a whole!"

Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler AG explained: "The main objective of our investment in Kitzingen is to make the entire global supply chain, from our suppliers and our production network through to our customers, more cost-effective, faster and more flexible. This means that the new EDC Central will help directly to improve our ability to supply and ensure the future competitiveness of the Schaeffler Group."

The ground-breaking ceremony for the EDC Central took place at the 148,000 square metre site in the conneKT-Technologiepark in Kitzingen in October 2016. The development comprises a 38.5-metre-high high bay storage warehouse with 28,000 pallet storage spaces and an automated container warehouse with almost 95,000 storage spaces. These loading aids are transported using an electrified floor track system and state-of-the-art conveying technology with a length of more than 2,000 metres.

Up to 85 trucks can be loaded and unloaded daily on 20 ramps. With a base area of around 17,000 square metres, the logistics area has a usable hall space of around 25,000 square metres in the warehouse, which is partly on two floors.

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