New Container Director and 22 new recruits for Peel Ports UK deep-water terminal

New Container Director and 22 new recruits for Peel Ports UK deep-water terminal

Peel Ports, owner and developer of the £400 million ($515 million) Liverpool 2 deep-water container terminal, has appointed APM Terminals' Jouke Schaap to head up its entire container operations and hired new staff from with a 15 mile radius of the port.

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The position has been created to drive commercial opportunities focused on the company's network of terminals and port-centric logistics facilities.

Most recently Head of Commercial for Maasvlakte 2 container terminal in Rotterdam, Jouke has overall responsibility for Peel Ports' container businesses in Liverpool, Dublin and the Manchester Ship Canal. He took up his position in May.

Peel Ports' container terminals handled over 980,000 TEU in 2015, representing over 9% of the UK and Irish market. The opening of Liverpool 2 will see the annual throughput at the Port of Liverpool more than double and by 2025 it is anticipated that Liverpool's share of the UK container market will be between 15-20%.

Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive Officer at Peel Ports, said: "We're very pleased to have secured an individual of Jouke's calibre to lead the next phase in the future of our container business. His experience, especially that at Maasvlakte 2, will be critical in achieving our ambitious financial and performance targets. Although Liverpool 2 is obviously our flagship terminal, our overall presence around the Irish Sea is the real strength, offering cargo owners an unrivalled range of options for moving goods to and from the heart of the UK and Irish markets."

Jouke Schaap, Peel Ports' new Container Director said: "Peel Ports is shaking up the UK container industry through its investment in Liverpool 2 and the Cargo200 campaign. So, it's a very exciting time to join the company, especially as I will be based in one of the world's great maritime cities. I am looking forward to using my commercial experience as Peel Ports looks to maximise the potential of its unique network of container facilities."

Jouke began his career as a consultant with Deloitte, gaining an MBA during his time there. He then joined the Port of Rotterdam, initially as Business Development Manager Logistics, before going on to head up its breakbulk division for six years. Following this, he moved to APM Terminals' commercial team for Maasvlakte 2.

Previously, Peel Ports' container business was led by David Huck, who has recently been promoted to Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

Peel Ports has also filled 22 new positions at the Liverpool 2 container terminal, with all the successful recruits coming from within a 15 mile radius of the port. The majority of the posts are highly skilled positions within the operations control room, with other roles including operations analysts, operational co-ordinators and a yard strategy manager. The new intake also includes four women.

Colin Darroch, Head of Container Terminal Operations said: "It must be an exceptionally rare occurrence to have an entire intake selected from so close to the port. While the four women we recruited were all appointed on merit, we're especially pleased to welcome them, as it sends a positive message about the prospects for females in the maritime industry."

Jens-Christian Blad appointed new head of Corporate Development at LANXESS

Jens-Christian Blad appointed new head of Corporate Development at LANXESS

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has appointed a new head of Corporate Development. Dr. Jens-Christian Blad (39) will assume responsibility for the group function by September 1, 2017.

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Blad studied chemistry in Kiel, obtained his doctorate in Muenster and is regarded by many in the industry as a specialty chemicals expert. He has been with the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company since 2006, where he is in charge of the "Megatrends-supported growth in chemicals" initiative and a member of the Chemicals Practice.

Following the closing of the acquisition of US-based chemical company Chemtura, the current head of Corporate Development, Dr. Markus Eckert (46), has assumed responsibility for the new Urethane Systems business unit. Until his successor begins his new role, Eckert will remain responsible for the group function, in addition to his new role.

"I am delighted we have secured the appointment of Jens-Christian Blad, a recognised industry expert and an experienced consultant, to lead the group function and help us press ahead with our realignment," said LANXESS Board of Management Chairman Matthias Zachert. "On behalf of the Board of Management, I would like to thank Markus Eckert for his outstanding work and wish him continued success in his new area of responsibility," he added.

Toyota partners with Tarrant County College to launch industry-leading T-TEN training Programme

Toyota partners with Tarrant County College to launch industry-leading T-TEN training Programme

New partnership helps address critical skills gap in the automotive industry.

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With total new vehicle sales in the US topping $995 billion, dealerships with more than 300 million repair orders, and with service and parts sales of nearly $110 billion, the demand for talented and qualified automotive technicians continues to increase. To address this growing need, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) announced today at an event that they are partnering with Tarrant County College (TCC) to bring state-of-the-art automotive training through the Toyota Technician Training and Education Network (T-TEN) to Fort Worth. The programme will start with a cohort of 22 students and is scheduled to start in the fall of 2018.

"This partnership is a huge win for Tarrant County College and all of North Texas," said Dr. Peter Jordan, president of Tarrant County College South Campus. "It means TCC faculty are in a position to offer another dimension to the automotive technology curriculum we deliver. Students will have the opportunity to acquire additional skills and national certification in a burgeoning industry; increasing their employability and earning potential. For Toyota and Lexus, this partnership creates a ready pool of highly skilled potential employees to meet growing workforce demands."

T-TEN was launched in 1986 to provide a strong pipeline of talented, career-minded, highly trained service technicians for Toyota and Lexus dealerships. The programme typically offers a class size of 20 to 25 students per year and leverages Toyota's industry-leading training with both a classroom and hands-on laboratory setting over a period of 24 months. In order to enter the programme, students must demonstrate a passion for the career and an aptitude to learn the skills necessary to perform as a service bay technician. The training also includes a paid internship experience for students at a local dealership as they pursue certifications for Toyota and Lexus vehicles. T-TEN has placed thousands of certified technicians in the service departments of nearly 1,500 dealerships around the country.

"T-TEN was conceived more than 30 years ago to ensure our dealers have a source of highly-trained, entry-level technicians and to support America's Career and Technical education system," said Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support, and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America. "Over 11,000 graduates have started their career through T-TEN, and, today, TCC joins a community of 37 schools providing industry-leading and occupationally-aligned automotive training."
The event held on Monday to announce the new programme was attended by executives from TMNA, GST, TCC, and other state and local dignitaries, including US Representative Marc Veasey. At the event, it was announced that Toyota has already provided 12 training vehicles and plans to provide an additional 12 vehicles over the next 18 months for the programme, allowing students access to modern vehicle technology. The TCC programme is the fifth school in the region and its graduates are destined to be placed where GST and Lexus Southern dealers are located in a five state region that includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

"Our mission, in partnership with Toyota dealers, is to support programmes that create tomorrow's Toyota technician, acknowledging that a skills gap truly exists and it's a challenge we have to overcome," said Jeff Parent, the president of Gulf States Toyota. "Partnering with TCC to bring this curriculum to Fort Worth is one way to overcome that challenge, and we want to help interested, qualified students pursue a career in the technical field by providing them with the resources and skillset that Toyota believes are essential for success."

Matson, Inc. Board appoints Matt Cox as Chairman

Matson, Inc. Board appoints Matt Cox as Chairman

Matson, Inc. Board of Directors Chairman Walter A. Dods has announced the appointment of company President and CEO Matthew J. Cox to succeed him as Chairman of the Board.

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The appointment becomes effective at the end of the company's annual shareholders meeting today, as Dods retires from the Board in accordance with the company's Corporate Governance Guidelines limiting board members' age. Additionally, the Board of Directors designated Jeffrey N. Watanabe to serve as the Lead Independent Director of the Matson Board.

"In my nearly 30 years associated with Matson, I've never felt stronger about its leadership and long-term prospects. Matt, this company and its Board of Directors are firmly focused on consistently generating income to support Matson's continued investment in strategic growth and delivering strong shareholder value over time," Dods said.

"I am honoured by this appointment and will devote myself to fulfilling the Board's vision for Matson as a leading carrier of the Pacific," Cox said. "Walt has set us on a strong course and positioned the Board well to guide Matson's continued growth and development for years to come."
Cox retains his duties as Chief Executive Officer of Matson, Inc.

Concurrent with his appointment as Chairman of the Board, Cox announced the promotion of two other senior Matson executives:

Ronald J. Forest, Senior Vice President, Operations, has been promoted to President of Matson with continued responsibility for all of the company's operations, including vessels, terminals, equipment, labour relations, purchasing and engineering as well as overseeing Matson's investment in SSAT, a West Coast stevedoring joint venture with SSA Marine.

John P. Lauer, Senior Vice President, Ocean Services, has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer of Matson with continued responsibility for sales, marketing, customer service, pricing and government services for Matson's ocean transportation division.

"In light of my new responsibilities as Chairman, we are expanding the roles of Ron Forest and John Lauer who are proven leaders and have been integral to managing Matson's growth over the past decade – two decades, in Ron's case," Cox said.

Cox joined Matson in June 2001 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2005 and President in 2008. He became CEO in June 2012, and has been responsible for overseeing the entire Matson organisation, which includes Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (ocean transportation), Matson Logistics, Inc. (logistics) and Matson Terminals, Inc. (terminal operations in Hawaii).

Forest's career in the maritime industry began in 1978. He joined Matson in 1995 as Operations Manager, Southern California and rose through the ranks to become a vice president in 1998. In 2000, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Matson Logistics and charged with overseeing the management and growth of Matson's largest subsidiary. In 2002, he returned to Matson as head of the company's operations division, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2003.

Lauer also has more than 30 years' experience in the maritime industry. He joined Matson in 2007 as Director, Transpacific Services, and has had a leadership role in establishing Matson as the premier cargo carrier in the Pacific. He was named Vice President, Transpacific Services, in 2012 and Senior Vice President, Ocean Services in 2015.

Forest and Lauer will continue to report to Cox, whose new title is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Autoliv announces changes to Board of Directors

Autoliv announces changes to Board of Directors

Autoliv, Inc. has announced that Ms. Aicha Evans, a member of the Board of Directors, will not stand for re-election to the Board.

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On May 6, 2017, Ms. Aicha Evans informed the Board of Directors of the Company that she has decided to not seek re-election to the Board at Autoliv's 2017 annual general meeting of stockholders ("Annual Meeting"), to be held on May 9, 2017. Ms. Evans determined that she will not continue her service on the Board due to changes in her current professional responsibilities. Ms. Evans will withdraw her name as a nominee for re-election to the Board and all votes submitted with respect to Ms. Evans will be disregarded. Her service to the Board will end at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.

The Board is not nominating a director to replace Ms. Evans for election at the Annual Meeting. Accordingly, the Board will reduce its size to nine, effective immediately following the closing of polls for the election of directors at the Annual Meeting. As previously announced, the Board earlier took action to reduce its size in connection with Mr. George A. Lorch retiring and not standing for re-election at the Annual Meeting.

Ms. Evans has served as a director since February 2015. Autoliv thanks Ms. Evans for her dedicated service to the Company and wishes her well in her future endeavors.

New training courses for EV and PHEV Mitsubishi technicians

New training courses for EV and PHEV Mitsubishi technicians

Technicians in the Mitsubishi Motors' UK dealer network are to receive IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) qualifications in electric and hybrid vehicles.

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After working closely with the IMI and taking a lead role in assisting with the creation of industry-standard courses in the maintenance of alternative-fuelled vehicles, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has delivered its first IMI Level 3 course in Electric and Hybrid Vehicles.

The Level 3 course — one of the highest levels in the suite of electric and hybrid vehicle IMI courses that have been developed to educate everyone from valeters to sales advisors, roadside patrols to master technicians — will now be delivered as standard to all Mitsubishi technicians within the Service and Maintenance level of their Pathway. It is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to work safely in and around a vehicle's high and low voltage electrical system and electric drivetrain system.

The training has evolved from what was originally a one-day technical overview course introduced on the UK launch of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in 2014, to now be a three-day course incorporating online and practical examinations. On passing the training, Mitsubishi Technicians will have an industry-recognised qualification to work on Mitsubishi vehicles, as well as other Electric and Hybrid Vehicles on the road.

The IMI Qualifications are the culmination of 12 months of preparation by the Mitsubishi Training Academy, including its Technical Trainers – Gary Preece, Jeff Mills and Gary Found – being themselves independently assessed by the renowned industry organisation.

Ray Watts, Training Manager, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: "With IMI Qualifications we are working to provide our technicians with additional industry recognition and qualifications that set the benchmark in electric and hybrid vehicle repair and maintenance. It's another illustration of how we're investing in our people and franchise to ensure that we are able to deliver the best possible service."

Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: "The evolvement of our in-house training mirrors the growth in popularity of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. This officially-recognised course provides customers of what is the best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the UK with the knowledge that their local Mitsubishi dealer is able to cater for all their maintenance requirements as their ownership experience continues."

Key appointments at Car Delivery Network signal new era

Key appointments at Car Delivery Network signal new era

Leading cloud technology specialist Car Delivery Network has announced key appointments in the US and Asia Pacific regions as the business prepares for the next phase of growth and development.

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Derric Hicks has stepped into the role of General Manager North America following the departure of Greg May and Rob Julian has been appointed General Manager Asia Pacific.

The appointment of Rob Julian as General Manager Asia Pacific reflects the company's investment in the region, which it believes offers huge market potential, and follows the launch of a Joint Venture company Kaqu Delivery Network (KDN) Software Ltd in China earlier this year.

Rob played a pivotal role in putting together the KDN JV and is one of two CDN directors on the board. As General Manager, going forward he will manage the commercial relationships for the company and will be responsible for the successful roll out of ePOD services into the Chinese automotive logistics marketplace, as well as defining future development requirements for the wider region.

He brings vast experience to the company, having spent 25 years in business IT marketing & development, including holding senior positions with Telecom New Zealand, where he was head of strategy for Australasia, director of sales & marketing for The Radio Network and director of Centre for Vision and Leadership.

"Once China is running smoothly, we will be looking at leveraging our services more broadly across Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore," Rob commented. "We're already achieving great traction in China and confidently predict strong growth in the first year. The Chinese region is on target to become the second largest region in the CDN prospectus and we expect that it will quickly reach a similar scale to the US."

In the US & Canada, Derric Hicks has taken over from Greg May, who after five years of leading the company in the States, has returned to Jack Cooper Holdings, where he has taken up the role of Chief Administrative Officer.

Greg has presided over the success of CDN in the US since it first launched in the States, where the company now boasts a 20% share of the new car delivery market. He said that while he feels justly proud of such a significant achievement, the time is right for fresh leadership.

"This is an exciting time for the company and there are some great opportunities ahead", he said. "However, my long experience, background and skill set are better aligned to transportation; now that CDN is an established company, with a strong, recognisable brand known for great technology backed by excellent customer service, it's time to hand over to a new management team with skills and knowledge in marketing and technology, to drive forward the next phase of CDN's development."

Derric Hicks was instrumental to introducing CDN to the automotive logistics industry in the US. In 2011, he owned and ran an auto transport business and could see the opportunity offered by CDN's cloud based technology. Along with his father Rod, Derric shared the CDN vision. When Chrysler mandated ePOD in 2014 and the company began to take off, Rod and Derric closed the family auto transport company and Derric transitioned into a full time role with CDN.

Since then, he has been involved with building the customer base and rolling out new CDN technology solutions for the automotive delivery sector; most recently including a dealer portal, which saw over 1200 dealers registered and live on the system within the first year, as well as the introduction of the Award winning eOUTGATE, which facilitates the electronic release of vehicles from Railyards for onward delivery to dealerships. To date, 22 railheads serviced by Class 1 rail companies, Union Pacific, CSX, FEC, BNSF, CN (Canadian National) have already or are in the process of converting to the eOUTGATE solution, with the majority of rail heads expected to move across by the end of 2018.

The next big project for CDN in the US will be the launch of a new cloud based Hours of Service app, FleetConnect, where an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) in the cab captures truck and driver performance, GPS and Hours of Service data, then transmits it back to CDN's cloud servers. It is ready to pilot with CDN customer USAL and soon will be piloted in Canada. Derric's market leadership is a vital component to ensuring the success of the FleetConnect project.

"Although we have developed this new technology to support automotive carriers in the US, it will also be our ticket to expanding into the wider transportation marketplace, as both electronic logging and electronic reporting of hours of service (HOS) will soon be a legal FMCSA requirement," said Derric. "We believe this solution gives CDN a unique opportunity to change the way truck and driver data are used, improving efficiency and saving costs, while complying with the new regulations. These are exciting times and the market potential for CDN is huge."

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