Mosolf takes over competitor Autokontor Bayern

Mosolf takes over competitor Autokontor Bayern

The Mosolf Group ha acquired the vehicle logistics and fleet service provider, Autokontor Bayern GmbH.

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This acquisition leads to the Mosolf Group broadening its corporate network by adding eight more technical and logistics sites and is expanding its fleet by 130 special car transporters.

Autokontor Bayern GmbH, headquartered in Buch (Bavaria) will strengthen Mosolf's network and further enhance its expertise. Dr Jörg Mosolf, CEO of the MOSOLF Group, said: "The integration of Autokontor Bayern is reinforcing our position in an environment where markets are becoming more specialist and consolidating."

Bernd Sauter, Managing Director and the main shareholder of Autokontor Bayern GmbH, added, "Autokontor Bayern has developed into a leading company in the sector during the last 15 years. The Mosolf Group is not only taking over modern technology and efficient logistics sites, but also more than 300 qualified and highly motivated employees and an experienced and skilled management team."

While the current co-shareholder Roland Kuch will continue to work as the managing director at Autokontor Bayern after the takeover, the main shareholder Bernd Sauter is leaving the company. Mosolf is not only gaining the skills of the AKB team by taking over Autokontor Bayern, but also a total of eight new business locations at Buch (Bavaria), Schweitenkirchen (Bavaria), Schöneck (Hessen), Erlensee (Hessen), Zörbig (Saxony-Anhalt), Dortmund (North Rhine-Westphalia), Lüdersfeld (Lower Saxony) and Buxtehude (Lower Saxony).

The Mosolf transport fleet will grow by a further 130 special car transporters and 32,000 car parking spaces as a result of the purchase. In addition to the storage of vehicles, five of the eight business sites also provide workshop services like PDIs, vehicle preparation or mechanical, coating and bodywork operations on a total surface area measuring approx. 8,000 square metres.

Jörg Mosolf is looking forward to the future cooperation with Autokontor Bayern. "AKB is a successful, professionally managed company and is a valuable addition to our current activities in our vehicle logistics and fleet business. An experienced team will work closely with the AKB colleagues at the sites during the next few weeks so that the managers and employees feel part of the Mosolf team as quickly as possible."

Toyota and Shell to set up Hydrogen re-fuelling stations at Port Of Long Beach

Toyota and Shell to set up Hydrogen re-fuelling stations at Port Of Long Beach

Shell Oil Products US and Toyota have been provisionally awarded $8 million by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop the first hydrogen-truck refueling station at the Port of Long Beach.

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The funding, which is contingent upon the approval of the project at an upcoming CEC meeting, forms part of the CEC's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which helps develop hydrogen and electric infrastructure at ports, warehousing and distribution centres in California.

Shell and Toyota expect the facility to encourage the use of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks in and around Long Beach, one of the world's largest freight hubs.

"This station will help the hydrogen-fueled freight sector to flourish in California," said Oliver Bishop, Hydrogen general manager at Shell. "Hydrogen offers a promising path for decarbonising transport, particularly the heavy-duty sector where there are few alternatives to conventional fuel. Shell and Toyota will combine their expertise to deliver an effective alternative fuel for Californian freight."

If approved, Shell will build, own and operate a hydrogen station at the Toyota Logistics Services location at the Port of Long Beach, fueling Toyota's Project Portal heavy-duty fuel cell proof of concept truck and public fleets.

"We greatly appreciate the CEC for recognizing the importance of this breakthrough project at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles," said Craig Scott, director Advanced Technology Vehicles, Toyota Motor North America. "Toyota continues to demonstrate that fuel cells are one of the most innovative and sustainable technologies for light and heavy-duty vehicle electrification. This initiative with Shell further strengthens our combined commitment to hydrogen as a viable transport fuel and complements our retail station project in Northern California."

Shell will source its hydrogen from Toyota's adjacent Tri-Gen facility, which produces hydrogen from 100% renewable bio-gas.

Meritor outs a new brand Blue Horizon, focussing on electric drivetrain and connectivity systems

Meritor outs a new brand Blue Horizon, focussing on electric drivetrain and connectivity systems

Meritor, Inc. announced Blue Horizon, a new technology brand representing the company’s emerging platform of advanced technologies centered on electric drivetrain, efficiency and connectivity systems.

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Products offered under the new brand will include integrated electrified solutions for Class 4-8 commercial vehicles across multiple vocations, including pickup and delivery, drayage/terminal tractors, transit and school buses, as well as linehaul and other heavy-duty applications.

"Blue Horizon signifies our commitment to evolutionary and revolutionary solutions for commercial transportation," said Jay Craig, CEO and president of Meritor. "With this new brand, we're looking forward to the future of electrified drivetrains and to more innovations in the years ahead."

Initially, Blue Horizon electric drivetrain systems will feature Meritor's integrated eCarrier that utilises an electric motor inside the axle to power the vehicle, replacing a conventional mechanical engine with an electric motor integrated into the rear drive axle.

The eCarrier's power-dense design reduces cost and weight by eliminating the driveline and related drivetrain mounting components to free up space for batteries inside the frame rails for enhanced safety. The eCarrier design is flexible for use with rigid and independent suspension axle platforms in single and tandem configurations. Two-speed gearing works with a smaller, lighter-weight motor to deliver heavier load capability and operate in the motor's sweet spot for maximum efficiency.

Meritor's eCarrier will launch with the eAxle and eSuspension platforms to deliver power ranges of 150, 180 and 200 kW in each axle and peak power of 250 kW. Rounding out the electric axle lineup is an eCorner module for medium-duty, pickup and delivery, and bus applications.

"Blue Horizon represents a future that's electric today and even more tomorrow," Craig said. "These new solutions will have the potential to transform the industry while also enhancing Meritor's value to OEMs and our standing as a leader in innovation and manufacturing."

Canaveral Port Authority appoints Michael Poole as Chief Financial Officer

Canaveral Port Authority appoints Michael Poole as Chief Financial Officer

Canaveral Port Authority has named Michael B. Poole as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Port Canaveral, effective May 11, 2018. A seaport industry executive, Poole brings to the Port 30 years experience in maritime transportation, municipal finance, public accounting, and financial and operating auditing.

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"Sound fiscal policy and well-defined financial strategies are key to supporting our mission as a premier maritime gateway," stated Captain John Murray, Port CEO. "We are proud to have Mike join us and look forward to his coming aboard. His business experience, financial expertise and leadership qualities are central to continuing our growth and vital to ensuring we remain competitive in a complex global maritime market."

As CFO, Poole's primary duty will be to preserve and safeguard the financial assets and affairs of the Canaveral Port Authority. Reporting directly to the CEO, Poole will have overall responsibility for providing strategic financial guidance, and defining and managing the Port's efforts to achieve fiscal and business goals and objectives.

Prior to his joining Port Canaveral, Poole spent more than a decade as Chief Financial Officer at JAXPORT, and was Deputy Port Director at the Port of Pensacola for nine years. Poole's extensive professional experience includes as an auditor with the public accounting firm Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund, and with the Florida Auditor General.

Poole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of West Florida. He is a Florida Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Finance Officer. He currently serves as Chairman of the Florida Ports Financing Commission, and is a member of the Florida Ports Council, Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development (FSTED) Program Council, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Government Finance Officers' Association.

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