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16 Jan 09. According to a recently concluded purchasing agreement, Scania has been commissioned to supply 91 trucks to the Finnish Defence Forces during 2009 and 2010. The deal also includes a five-year repair and maintenance agreement and an option for another 197 vehicles within a 4-year period. During 2008, Scania won several orders from the Finnish Defence Forces: 21 all-wheel-drive off-road trucks in July and earlier in the year an order from the Finnish Border Guard for 26 engines powering 13 new patrol boats. Scania has supplied around 200 trucks to the Finnish Defence Forces during the past 10 years and Scania’s Finnish subsidiary, Oy Scan-Auto Ab, recently signed a deal for a six-year repair and maintenance agreement covering vehicles already delivered.
“Scania’s ability to supply special-purpose trucks for demanding transport tasks
directly from the factory has been an advantage, and naturally so has the
quality and performance of the trucks,” says Markku Lipsonen, Managing Director
of Oy Scan-Auto Ab. “Combined with our comprehensive network of professional
service workshops and the availability of repair and maintenance agreements,
these have been decisive factors for the choice of Scania.” (Source: ASD Network)
19 Jan 09. As the road haulage industry battles to cut costs in the face of the downturn, one company is finding its fuel-saving technology is in demand.
Kent-based Oil Drum is in the final stages of agreeing licensing deals that will enable its Save-Fuel device, which its tests have shown can cut hauliers’ fuel bills by 10 per cent, to be manufactured and sold in international markets, including the US, Australia and India. When it launched last year, Oil Drum caught hauliers’ attention by claiming to be able to reduce their diesel consumption and exhaust emissions at the height of the rise in fuel prices. Its bolt-on device mixes hydrogen with air and diesel in a vehicle engine that
creates a cleaner, more efficient combustion process. The company has also just signed a UK licensing agreement with Andel, which has a wide client base in the haulage industry as a provider of leak detection systems, to market its device more widely. Darryl Watts, Oil Drum’s founder and managing director, is reluctant to claim that last year’s high fuel costs and the downturn are good for business, but he accepts that his product has arrived at an opportune time for the hard-pressed haulage industry. (Source: FT.com)