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OES Logistics was formed in 2009

‘Serving our customers’ No industry is easy, but when it comes to the transportation business things don't get much tougher than the long hours and timely service that is required to be a successful nationwide distribution company.

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ombine that with having started up your business at the start of the stinging recession and you would certainly agree that things haven't been easy for Mick Culleton and Martine McFeely, but their company OES

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Logistics continues to make it work. A Dublin-based nationwide distribution company, OES Logistics specialise in the distribution of parcels and pallets to the highest standard expected by their customers, during

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OES command a 27,000sq ft premises

these times. “We're established since 2009 and we're based here at Swords Business Park, Swords, Co Dublin,” explained Michael whom has over 20 years in next day distribution services across Ireland & UK. “Although it is a new company our experience is vast and covers all aspects of Sea/Air and Road Freight along with Warehousing, Logistics, Storage and Distribution. All staff members have worked closely together for over ten years and we share a common ethos “Serving our Customers”. “We're a nationwide next day delivery service. It's a very competitive business and for us getting deliveries there for our customers the next day is paramount. Getting the information to the customer is the main priority for us too and once all the deliveries are complete, our job is done.” The company has shown strong commitment by building their business based on lasting relationships with customers, which has been achieved by common values, strong commitment, loyalty and stability within the

The company’s headquarters are located at Swords Business Park

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business.. The success of the business can be gauged by the fact that the company started in an 8x10 office and now they command a 27,000sq ft premises in Swords. “I would have spent a lot of time listening to customers to learn what they wanted and what they were missing from other services. A lot of them were telling me the same thing, so I decided to try and set-up a business which would satisfy them. I've been involved in the haulage industry all my life as my family are also in the industry. So through my experience and that of Martine's, which was developed during our time with Frans Maas and DSV, we decided to set up our own business." OES Logistics offer their customers a comprehensive range of services, which include next day nationwide delivery and collection service along with imports and exports from the UK and most European countries. Document management, an integrated system and GPS tracking systems are also included. “Exporting is where our main area of business is concentrated on at present as the domestic market has subsided somewhat in the last few years. “We offer a first class range of services, ranging from our professional Road Freight, Air Freight, Sea Freight and Storage. We recently opened our new state of the art Warehousing & Logistics centre in North Dublin. With a prompt quotation response and their excellent scheduled services they give the customer the highest quality of service. With their fully owned fleet they provide Express Transport to/from any County in Ireland. Air Freight is another area

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Your business success on the road is our destination For a Professional & Personalised Service Contact Us Phone: 01-866 0185 Fax: 01-8063995 Email: admin@ksnirl.com www.ksnirl.com Michael has many years experience in the industry

that the company has great experience in and Michael revealed that through partnerships with all the major airline companies and with their experienced and dedicated Staff they can give their clients complete confidence in their services to and from any worldwide destination. “At OES Logistics Limited we pride ourselves on our Excellent Deep Sea Services. We have close working relationships with our Agents Worldwide enabling us to provide a top quality service at the most competitive rates. “As each of our Customers requirements differ we tailor our LCL & FCL services to their individual needs. We have our own dedicated containers shipping weekly from Ireland carrying our consolidated traffic for on forwarding from Ocean Ports - thus offering the best Transit Times. Storage is another area of expertise that OES Logistics have been concentrating on and Mick stated that they were looking to increase this part of the business. “We provide a highly professional Warehousing and Logistics Service which is second to none. Our Goal is to give our Customers the confidence to view our operation as part of their own. To this end we adapt our services to the Individual

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Customers Requirements. “We provide the following services in our Warehouse: Supply Chain Logistics, Logistics Storage Pick and Pack labeling and distribution, 27,000 Sq Ft Warehouse, Customs Activities, Container de stuffing, Container stuffing, Consolidation for deep sea export and Import,” OES Logistics is certainly a progressive company and expansion is something that they continue to strive to achieve. “We are always looking at ways to expand the business and we have come a long way in the last three years. I'd be confident that we continue on the same level and once we ensure that customer satisfaction remains our goal, we should be ok.”

CONTACT DETAILS Swords Depot IDA Unit 2a &b, Swords Business Park Swords Dublin Blakes Cross Depot OES House Logistics Centre Blakes Cross Lusk Co Dublin Phone: +353 (0)1 808 4012 Fax: +353(0)1 685 4043 E-Mail: info@oeslogistics.com

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Major environmental award for Larkin Engineering Larkin Engineering is bucking the recession by winning major contracts and awards. General manager Stephen Larkin explains more.

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arkin Engineering in Galway made headlines recently when it won the European Product award for applying eco-design and waste minimisation principles to its 120-litre Jumbo bin product, which has reduced the resources and materials consumed per bin manufactured. Energy savings per bin produced is equivalent to the amount used to travel 520km in an average family car. The Tuam, Co. Galway-based family operation was one of just three Irish winners at the European Business Environmental Awards – the others being Roadstone Wood in West Dublin and Irish Cement in Co. Louth. Announcing the winners, IBEC’s Director of Policy Brendan Butler said: “These awards provide an opportunity to showcase the best of Irish innovation in environmental management and practice. The number and quality of Irish entries this year reflect the increasing importance of environmental issues for businesses of all types and sizes.” Larkin Engineering general manager Stephen Larkin said the award was unexpected. “We’re in a bit of shock, but delighted at the same time,” he smiled. “We weren’t expecting to win it to be honest. We had lost out to Cold Chon in Oranmore in the Galway Business Awards. Their product had zero per cent waste emissions and you can’t get much better than that. “We are committed to producing environmentally friendly products and it’s nice to be recognised for that. This award has given our company a massive lift, and any sort of a lift in the IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

current economic climate is great. Most of all, it proves that the work we are doing is paying off.” Established in 1985 by Noel Larkin, who initially carried out repair work to machinery at the old Irish Sugar factory in Tuam, Larkin Engineering is a part of Larkin Engineering Enterprises, which also comprises Larkin Street Products. Larkin Engineering has been a leader in the manufacture of general engineering components and street furniture for over 25 years. Today, the Larkin family remains committed to continuing the tradition of manufacturing innovative and quality products for both the public and private sector. Twenty staff are employed between the two divisions. The company provides precision engineering solutions to a diverse range of industries, and offers a complete service in design, manufacture and production of low volume to mass-produced components, as well as light fabrication and tube manipulation. Clients include JFC, CEL, CPS, APC and Cormac Sheep Equipment. Larkin Street Products are specialists in the design and manufacture of litterbins, recycling units, bollards, custom fabrication and durable innovative street A stainless furniture and steel bench accessories that are

A jumbo 120 litre litter bin

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Larkin Engineering has built up an extensive customer base over the years, which includes construction companies and local authorities. Among the construction companies it has dealt with are: Ascon Ltd, Rohcon Ltd, Burke Building & Civil Engineering, Burkeway Construction Ltd, James Stewart Construction, JJ Rhatigan & Co Ltd, John Sisk & Son Ltd, Matthew Sheedy Construction, McGinty & O’Shea Ltd, P Elliott & Co Ltd, Park Developments, Prospect Hill Construction, TBD Building Contractors and The Bowen Group. Local authorities in Ireland Larkin Engineering have worked for include: Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Kerry County Council, Donegal County Council, Kilkenny City Council, Kilkenny County Council, Limerick City Council, Limerick County Council, Mayo County Council, North Tipperary County Council, South Tipperary County Council, Westmeath County Council and Wicklow County Council. Local authorities in the UK who are clients of the Co. Galway-based company include: Argyll & Bute Council, Belfast City Council, Birmingham City Council, Boston Borough Council, Cambridge City Council, Chester-Le-Street District Council, Derby City Council, District of Harborough, Fermanagh District Council, Halton Borough Council, Kirklees Impressive Corrib Benches and Iroko Planters Metropolitan Council, Nottingham City Council, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, South Stainless steel stair railings Tyneside Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council. “We supply products to 75 per cent of the local authorities in Ireland and to about five per cent of the local authorities in the UK. We also do a lot of work for building and construction companies,” Stephen notes. Recently, Larkin Engineering was awarded a major contract to supply litterbins to Belfast City Council for the next three years. “We won it on the back of the European Environmental award. It was a massive achievement when you consider the competition we were up against. There were companies from all over the UK who tendered for the work and we were delighted to be chosen,” Stephen adds. In addition, Larkin Engineering has won contracts to supply their products to Bus Eireann and Iarnrod Eireann. The company supplies bus poles, head plates and carousel to Bus Eireann, and passenger shelters to Iarnrod Eireann along the DART line in Dublin. All in all, things are looking up for the award-winning company. “Business is going great since the start of the year. manufactured in a variety of durable materials, including There has been a notable pick-up on last year and long may Zintec, Galvanised Steel and Stainless Steel (Marine Grade it continue to be the case.” 316). Stainless steel 115 diameter bollards

“You’re likely to find our products in any town or city in Ireland,” Stephen explains. “Our core business is the manufacture of street furniture, ranging from litterbins to bus and rail shelters. We are expanding our range all the time. We also specialise in light engineering and supply wheelbarrows and agricultural units to the likes of JFC, who are also based in Tuam and specialise in plastic products.” IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

CONTACT DETAILS Larkin Engineering, Business Centre, Weir Road, Tuam, Co. Galway. Telephone Ireland: 093 24629/24504. Telephone UK: 028 90232777. Fax: 093 22190

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A Volvo 6x4 with a Romaquip Permanent Mount Ultima Spreader c/w Brine which was supplied to the UK Highways Agency

The antidote to harsh winters Romaquip Ltd. is the leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of winter road maintenance equipment in Ireland and the UK. Since starting out in Birr, County Offaly almost three decades ago, the company has forged an unrivalled reputation in a niche market, providing an incredibly high quality of product and service. Irish Trucker gets an insight from co-founders and directors Ray Leonard and John McKeown.

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omaquip designs, manufactures and supplies superior quality stainless steel winter road maintenance equipment - salt gritters, salt spreaders, body swap systems and snow ploughs. These are sold in Ireland, the UK and continental Europe. The quality of the product is beyond question, stainless steel construction and superior build quality resulting in a virtually unlimited lifespan and low maintenance costs. Romaquip spreaders are rust free and customers will testify to having the lowest operating costs in the sector. Romaquip salt spreaders and snow ploughs are fitted with latest Canbus technology to provide operator-friendly interfaces and controls, maximising the potential of the operator’s fleet. The full range of products supplied includes permanent mount salt spreaders (dry and pre-wet), demountable salt spreaders (dry and pre-wet), mini salt spreaders, micro spreaders, body swap systems, snow or slush ploughs and the recently-added kerb-side recyclers. “Romaquip is an abbreviation of road maintenance equipment,” says co-founder Ray Leonard. “We started out

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manufacturing the winter maintenance equipment like gritters and snow ploughs but have now developed the most efficient kerb-side refuse recycling collector – the Romaquip Kerb-Sort - which caters for smaller bins for recycling, dividing the materials up upon collection so that segregation is completed before the driver gets back to the yard. The Kerb-Soft was designed through working with a number of recycling companies over the years, whose input was used to create a streamlined, ergonomic and flexible utility vehicle. Material is easily sorted at the householder’s collection point into specific compartments on the Kerb-Sort vehicle and then unloaded at the operator’s depot without any further sorting required, thus providing totally contamination free recycling products. The most efficient kerbside collection vehicle on the market, Kerb-Sort’s is easy to operate during collection and offloading. Kerb-Sort can function effectively with two operators and is built for maximum health and safety. It is also extremely fuel efficient, with impeccable green credentials. To maximise the range and efficiency of recycling, IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


Cork County Council’s new Mini Gritters which were supplied December 2011

compartments can be assigned to different materials, on-board compacting ensures a higher payload and the vehicle can unload in seven minutes, with unloading operated from the cab. “We offer sales and hire of our equipment and we can give a 20-year anti-perforation warranty on our gritters due to the stainless steel construction,” John notes. “These gritters can be fitted onto any truck currently being used by local authorities throughout Ireland. Most of the spreaders we sell to the local authorities in the UK are permanentlymounted machines, with their hydraulic power supply taken from the live drive output from the vehicle engine. “In 2007 we won the Highways Agency contract in the UK and to-date have fitted upwards of 200 salt spreaders and snow ploughs on to various marques. “Currently the Kerb-Sort is fitted on a DAF LF45 because its chassis is low to the ground.” Where spreading is needed on car parks, pavements, secondary roads, primary roads, dual carriageways, highways or motorways, Romaquip can find the best possible solution. The County Offaly based company can fit a salt spreader to almost any donor vehicle by utilising its flexible 3D CAD design process. Romaquip commenced trading in 1984 in Birr, quickly gaining a reputation for a high standard of workmanship and quality products. In 1991, Romaquip moved its operation to a nearby purpose-built manufacturing facility, enabling it to IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

Romaquip is the leads the way on winter road maintenance equipment

expand its operations while remaining close to skilled employees. Regarding clientele, Ray explains: “In Ireland it would be all local authorities as well as the various toll roads and motorway operators. It would be similar in the UK, where our biggest customer is the Highways Agency, who are responsible for all the motorways throughout the UK. We were already dealing with various contractors in the UK previously but getting the Highways Agency contract in 2007 was the big one. We have also supplied major contracts such as the M6 toll in the UK.” Romaquip boasts almost 30-years’ experience in the design and manufacture of winter road maintenance products. During this time, the company has developed an enviable level of customer loyalty and support. Continuous heavy investment into research and development by their design team has resulted in products that are easy to use, safe and of the highest quality. Reducing maintenance cost for the product owner has been a key factor in manufacturing and selling all products. Building products in stainless steel allows a guarantee against rust and produces an attractive, durable product that lasts up to three times longer than similar mild steel products. The Romaquip design team are strong in design and technical innovation and are meticulous in quality, finish and attention to detail. State-of-the-art technology and ongoing research allows Romaquip to customise products to suit

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Romaquip’s Mini Towed Spreader

individual client's specifications, offering a keen advantage over similar products. The company recognizes the need for consistently high-quality products and believes that commitment to continuous improvements in manufacturing techniques will keep Romaquip to the forefront of an everchanging marketplace. Romaquip employees pride themselves on the personalised service given to

customers. Gritters and spreaders are manufactured almost entirely in stainless steel. Considering the aggressively corrosive environment that highway maintenance vehicles operate in, this is a massive advantage. Where other spreaders disintegrate within a few short years, Romaquip spreaders which are now over 18 years old cannot be distinguished from new models in terms of steel integrity.

Furthermore, Romaquip’s 3D solid modeling techniques allow an exact virtual model of any particular machine to be kept on file. This means that a customer who requires any spare part can be confident that an exact replica can be supplied with a minimum of fuss, with every nut and bolt accounted for. Romaquip works out of one of the most modern manufacturing facilities in Europe, utilising the latest

A 6x4 Volvo with Romaquip Permanent Mount Ultima Spreader c/w brine and a 4X2 Volvo Permanent Mount Ultima Spreader being loaded with salt

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A Mercedes 4x4 with Romaquip Permanent Mount Ultima Spreader c/w Brine which was supplied to Brighton & Hove City Council September 2011

equipment, Romaquip employs over 60 people at its Birr HQ as well as a further 20 employee’s in the UK. Plans are in place to expand the factory by 40 per cent and add 65 more jobs within the next three years. On-going R&D within the company has ensured that Romaquip are in a position to offer satellite-controlled salt spreaders, which will automate salt spreading and guarantee highly accurate spreading. Looking to the future John McKeown concludes: “Further substantial investment in our software division which designs & writes all of our product control software will place us at the forefront of spreading technology. The R&D department currently employs ten fully qualified engineers who ensure that we are ahead of the competition. Advance software is vital – if you can reduce your salt usage from ten grams per square metre to eight grams per square metre and still maintain excellent ice free roads, then a massive 20% savings can be made. For example Ireland spends €5m a year on road salt, you could save up to €1m over the course A Scania withRomaquip 14m≥ Permanent of the winter. Mount Ultima Spreader c/w Brine which was supplied to Offaly County Council “Our cutting-edge

manufacturing technologies and processes to ensure premium build quality. High-accuracy laser cutting technology is used to create the flat patterns derived from the 3D solid model. CNC press brakes create the folded part utilising the latest in offline programming, making it possible to eliminate human error. New synergic welding power sources with computer generated profiles are used to produce high-quality welds. All milled and turned parts are manufactured in-house using modern CNC milling / turning centres. All these machines are programmed offline from the design office. Quality Control is implemented through an ultra-modern MRP / ERP manufacturing process system. The quality and manufacturing state of any part can be determined at any time. This system allows engineers to very accurately predict manufacturing times. The only Irish manufacturer and supplier of road maintenance

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An Unimog Gritter supplied to Scotland

software increases efficiency and also offers a better end result for the road user. Accuracy of spread is an area where we really come out on top. “We’re also in a very good location. At the end of the day, Birr is in the centre of the country, we are equidistant from Louth, Kerry, Cork or Dublin.”

CONTACT DETAILS Romaquip Ltd., Syngefield Industrial Estate, Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland. Telephone: 057 91 20836 Fax: 057 91 21084 Email: info@romaquip.com www.romaquip.com

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For all your part requirements When a haulier needs a part for a truck or trailer, they usually have to go to a couple of different outlets to secure what their looking for as there are not many dealers that cater for both under the one roof.

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owever, Tyrone Truck & Trailer do exactly that and during their five years in business, they have established themselves as one of the leading stockists of truck and trailer parts. In this month's edition of Irish

Trucker, we profile this Omaghbased company and speak to managing director Niall O'Donnell about the business. The current economic recession has hit the 32 counties very hard indeed, but the haulage industry Parts are brought in from all across Europe

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has been hit harder than most, while the increase in diesel prices has left company margins very tight at the moment. And the knock on effect for those connected to the industry has been there for all to see, and although Niall admits that business has slowed slightly, they still strive to deliver the same level of service that their customers have become accustomed too since they first opened their doors in 2007. “At Tyrone Truck & Trailer we pride ourselves on excellent Customer Service. We believe that in our industry the key to happy customers is the ability to get their supplies as soon as possible,” said Niall. “Customers can avail of a 24hour a day, seven day a week free of charge callout service for all stock items. In order to achieve this, we carry an extensive range of stock including parts from leading manufacturers, including Febi, Rubbolite, Hella, ROR, BPW, WABCO, KNORR BREMSE and SACHS. “We also have a wide range of genuine filters for DAF, Volvo and Scania and our dedicated sales team ensures same day delivery on all stock items.” Niall revealed that if the part required is not on the premises, they will endeavour to have it with the customer as soon as possible. “If we do not have the requested item in stock our sales team will be happy to try and source the item requested. Over the last five years we have built strong trade relationships allowing us to source high quality parts for our customers at a competitive price.” Tyrone Truck & Trailer has been meeting the growing demand for truck spare and trailer parts in Northern Ireland for over five years now. “When it comes to trailers and commercial vehicles our staff have a wealth of experience and expertise that IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

A large range of parts are stocked

you can reply on. We have a reputation for reliability, competitively priced products and excellent service. “We stock a large range of trailer parts and truck spares from leading brands and manufacturers. All parts can be picked up at our premises in Unit 3, 37 Gortrush Industrial Estate, Omagh, or you can take advantage of our free delivery service. Sourcing truck and trailer parts is not the easiest of tasks to complete, but Niall has developed a network of contacts, which allows him to purchase a wide range of top quality products at competitive prices. Through this, the company has built up a substantial and loyal customer base, which increases daily. "We supply trailer spares as well as a major supplier of motor components to both the public and trade in Northern Ireland.” Through hard work and sheer determination, the company

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has grown considerably over the years to become what it is today as Niall explains. “Our customer base has expanded greatly over the years throughout Ireland and beyond. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and providing a reliable service. “Our prices are competitive which in the current economic climate is essential and we would stock thousands of different parts in our Omagh warehouse. By using a network of reliable courier/shipping agents we can offer a 24hr service to most parts within Ireland. “We buy all our components in bulk and ensure high levels of stock are held in our warehouse at any given time. We can also source non standard products quickly from a range of manufacturers and have them delivered to our premises in a couple of days.” Some customers have been with Tyrone Truck & Trailer since they first established, while new ones are always been added to the portfolio as their reputation grows rapidly. Not only is their reputation growing, but they moved to a larger premises last year in order to cope with the increased stock levels required to service their customer base. “We place a great emphasis on customer satisfaction and that is always our main focus, we know that these are testing times for all hauliers, but we intend to keep trying to increase the customer base and I'm pleased with the direction that the company is heading.” Niall admits that without the help of his loyal employees, then the business would not be as successful as it is today. “There are four employed here and all are very capable in their jobs and they are there to deal with any enquiries that the customer may have.

CONTACT DETAILS Unit 3 Omagh Business Complex Gortrush Industrial Estate Omagh County Tyrone BT78 5EJ Telephone: 028 8224 0079

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Precision problem solving Boyle Motors Garage is a state-of-the-art commercial vehicle repair / service centre based in Lucan, County Dublin, offering the very highest standards in precision diagnostics and problem solving. The workshop is packed with all the latest equipment and the on-site technicians are extremely passionate about their work – a rarity these days! Irish Trucker met up with Ian Boyle to get a further insight into this exceptional family business. 58

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ocated in Lucan, West Dublin, Boyle Motors Garage has the capacity to repair and service all commercial vehicles. Their team of trusty technicians have years of experience on truck and trailer systems and Boyles have the capacity and workforce to handle all jobs on all commercial vehicles from vans, trucks, block lorries, tippers all the way up to 40-foot articulated vehicles and tractors. Their plant fitters and diesel mechanics can also work with agricultural vehicles. All vehicles receive the utmost care from the moment they enter the workshop and each job is treated as a challenge by the hardworking team who love nothing more than a puzzle to solve. Diagnosing and then fixing complex problems is a proven specialty and Boyle Motors Garage is a veritable hive of activity from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday as well as 9am to 2pm on Saturdays. No job is ever considered too big or too small. All types of vehicles are serviced and repaired and the Boyle IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

family has accumulated four decades of experience working with truck and trailer systems as well as all types of cars, vans and SUVs. Competitive pricing and customer satisfaction are guaranteed; Boyle Motors now has full truck diagnostics on site to help repair and reset commercial vehicle electrical systems and control units. All makes from Mercedes, DAF, Scania, Mitsubishi, MAN and Renault to Volvo, ERF, Hino and Iveco (and many more) can be serviced, diagnosed and repaired. Boyle Motors Garage boasts two main commercial sections - general maintenance and DOE repairs, where they do everything from brakes and clutches to servicing and getting vehicles successfully through their DOE tests. Their other main interest is diagnostics & electronics, where they could be asked to look into a vehicle showing various problem symptoms, like low power or engine, airbag or ABS warning lights on. For this, Boyle Motors operate multiple diagnostic systems, most of which are main dealer equivalent, allowing them to read all that is happening with the engine and computer and also oscilloscope systems to preview the exact movements of actuators and read sensors directly before the computer sees the information. This is particularly useful when diagnosing components like common rail injectors or crankshaft position sensors which operate in a millisecond timescale. All work is carried out in a friendly and helpful environment, with advice freely offered on all aspects of vehicle care and a heated waiting room available to customers who can watch TV or relax and read a newspaper while their vehicle is being sorted. “We’re a long time established at this stage and we’re very comfortable doing all kinds of work,” notes Ian Boyle. “We’re here since 1974 and it’s a family business with my father Martin, myself and my brother Mark, plus four mechanics. Between all of us, we have a full range of skills. “We can work on all cars and commercial vehicles, from a small Caddy or SUV up to tippers and HGVs. To be fair, there’s nothing we can’t turn our hand to. Diagnosing problems is one of the areas we specialise in and the lads love solving those riddles. If a warning light comes on in your vehicle, we will get to the bottom of it. “The range of skills we have gives us tremendous versatility and that’s what kept us above the breadline when things went quiet two or three years ago. We moved over to small commercial vehicles, SUVs and vans and about 90% of our income was based around that. Since then, it has moved back closer to 50 / 50 again between large commercials and small commercials / private cars.” In terms of technology, Boyle Motors are right up to speed. “We have a nice range of main dealer equivalent type diagnostic equipment. Most vehicles are based around the same technology anyway, allowing us to apply our learned experiences to other makes and problems. About 30% of our work is based around diagnosing the common rail diesel system, which is fully electronically-controlled. “I have spent a lot of time troubleshooting this complex system, which offers improved power and fuel economy but is also very sophisticated and elaborate. But, although a seemingly simple idea compared to some, it is quite sophisticated in operation. This is one of our expert areas. Diagnostics and problem solving are a very important part of our work. There is a new niche in the industry now solving these riddles. “We can analyse the entire system and run the vehicle through various tests to discover what’s needed to solve the

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The team at Boyle Motors, l/r: Evaldas Mogenis, Alex Orlov, Ian Boyle, Augis and Mark Boyle

problem. In that respect, we have evolved from an everyday, run-of-themill garage into a much more technical operation with a vast knowledge of diagnostics and troubleshooting. All the lads here have a great interest in their work and that’s what has driven them to look further into the workings of all kinds of vehicles. “There are whole communities of people out there who tend to talk to each other and that’s how we have developed a great reputation – through word of mouth. For instance, commercial vehicle owners recommend us within their circle of contacts and we have also recently established a very good reputation for rebuilding or converting horsebox trucks. Our lads have a very wide

scope of specialities, which is serving us well.” Ian is adamant that the service provided at Boyle Motors Garage can match that which one might receive from a main dealer: “We have proven over the years that we can stand over all our work. We can diagnose and troubleshoot the most complex problems and we use main-dealer equivalent diagnostic equipment. “But we are less limited than the main dealers. As an independent garage, we can provide more services – say for example if an owner loses his key. We can over-ride the system and save him a lot of money. Our general labour costs will always be cheaper and we have fewer overheads.” Looking to the future, Ian is

understandably confident: “Margins are extremely tight but we keep ourselves busy by keeping prices down. We are developing a very good name for ourselves within the community. The economy is taking a slow curve but I think we are past the bottom now and hopefully heading for a more fruitful future. “You have to stay positive. This is a labour-intensive job and you simply have to put the hours in. There are new challenges every day to keep you interested. We have the same employee accounts here for the past ten years. The challenges keep them entertained and interested. That in turn breeds creativity and helps with problem solving.”

In the workshop ready for business, l/r: Augis, Mark Boyle, Alex Orlov, Evaldas Mogenis and Ian Boyle

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An impressive view of the forecourt

O’Leary Group leads the way Two thousand and twelve marks the 150th anniversary year of Opel. In 1862, the founding father, Adam Opel, could hardly have envisaged that his firm would one day become one of the biggest car makers in Europe.

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pel has been a firm favourite of Irish motorists for many, many years and their continuation to produce such reliant and efficient vehicles sees them remain at the forefront of the motor industry in this country. One hundred and one years after Opel was founded, the Kevin O'Leary Group was established in 1963 by Kevin himself. The company is run by Kevin and his sons John and Kevin. The Group operates primarily in the motor retail and contract lease and fleet management business. More recently the Group has further developed its retail food store and forecourt business interests. Today, Kevin O'Leary Group's core business is its Opel, Honda and Nissan franchises, in Cork and Tipperary, its Contract Lease & Fleet Management Company, Hi-Line Leasing Ltd and its very successful high volume used car

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business. Currently the Group has three Opel Passenger, three Opel Commercial and one Honda state of the art retail and service centres. The Group operates a franchised Nissan service centre in Silversprings, Cork City. Kevin O'Leary Group is an established motor group based in the South of Ireland, with outlets in Cork City, Bandon and Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The Group also operates a Commercial Vehicle test center (VTN/LGV) in Bandon and Douglas, Cork. For this month's edition of Irish Trucker, we profile the Clonmel facility and speak to Assistant General Manager Willie Butler about the success of the business and the services they provide. The Clonmel branch was established in 1996 and through its location on the Cahir road, which has played no small part in

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the success of the business, the customer base has increased on an annual basis. O'Leary's Opel, Clonmel is a one-stop shop for its customers as they offer a wide range of services. Some of these services include: “Opel Service Club where customers can enjoy up to 25% discount on Opel labour & parts. From time to time your car will require service and

maintenance,” said Willie. “Regular and proper servicing is one of the best ways to keep your car performing at its best year after year. We know that this can be expensive so we've launched Opel Service Club to provide you with significant savings on your car maintenance. After all, when it comes to looking after your Opel, no-one knows better than our Opel trained technicians. The spacious surroundings of the reception area

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Their Service Plan is designed The new Opel Combo is to offer you hassle-free proving to be a popular choice amongst customers motoring and an easy way to budget for all the customers servicing needs. With just a small payment per month all their servicing needs can be covered, giving them peace of mind for the next three years servicing. Tyre sales are another area that the Kevin O'Leary Group has an extensive knowledge of and they are confident that they are competitive. To assure you of our tyre value, we have introduced our TYRE PRICE PROMISE. If we supply you with a tyre and subsequently you find that you could have purchased the same tyre at a lower price from an alternative supplier, they will refund the difference. “We will advise you accordingly. Should you require new tyres we can supply and fit in Class” results in terms of these for you. We are here to look after functionality and utility, positioning it as the customer and that is what we aim to a leader of the European Van-B do.” segment. With its diversity of talents, Willie revealed that another service the new Combo is the perfect way to that they provide has proven to be very round off Opel's product spectrum in popular amongst motorists. “We offer a the area of light cargo vans as well as free vehicle health check on all leisure and family vehicles. vehicles. They are placed on a The all-rounder which is available in diagnostics machine and a print of the different body styles is based on the results is given to the owner free of Fiat Doblo (“International Van of the charge. There is no strings attached Year 2011”) of Opel's cooperation and if they feel they want to get some partner. The aim of this strategic repairs done then we can offer so at alliance is to drive Opel's growth in the reasonable rates.” area of commercial vehicles. Alongside Even though, trying to obtain finance its larger stable mates, the Vivaro (Dcan be a daunting experience for Segment/up to 2.9 t) and the Movano people during this current economic (E-Segment/up to 4.5 t), the new climate, O'Leary's offer their customers Combo provides the basis for a highly a great deal. competitive offering that now consists “There has never been a better time of three model ranges. This trio will to purchase an Opel from Kevin strengthen Opel's commercial vehicle O'Leary Group. we are offering 0% segment and make it one of the central APR Flexible Finance, as well as four pillars of the brand. Years Warranty and Road Tax from “We have already had a number of €160 on Opel Passenger vehicles. enquiries about the new Combo and “We will endeavor to do all we can to we are confident that it will continue to ensure that a customer receives an pick up from the other models, which affordable finance package.” The Kevin O'Leary Group also run Hihave been very popular.” Line Leasing which is a leasing firm for Four years ago, the Clonmel received the corporate market, dealing mainly a major upgrade to the facilities and it with company vehicles and also can now boast a state of the art offering a contract lease facility. premises, where customers are In the light commercial range, Opel subjected to a friendly atmosphere and have brought out a new Combo. Now in the experienced team are there to deal its third generation, the new Opel with any enquiries. Combo sets new standards in terms of “The last few years have been very its diversity of models and boasts “Best tough for the motor industry, but there IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

has definitely been a significant change in the market and this has been a positive one. “We will continue to strive to meet our customers' demands. We have a very loyal customer base and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their business over the years.”

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Scania is the preferred truck

Longwood Transport: a reliable service Experience in the haulage industry is essential to a successful business and to this end not many can match the longevity that Longwood Transport has built up over the years.

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Cathal runs the haulage end of the business

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he company may only be trading as Longwood Transport since the mideighties, but this family run business was established in the 1930's and as Giles Brothers was involved in the haulage industry in one capacity or another. The haulage industry has changed dramatically over the years and indeed none more so than the last few years when

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overheads have grown considerably, with the most problematic area being the rising cost of diesel. These days, Cathal Byrne, whose grandfather set up the initial business, runs the company and we spoke to the company managing director about the success of the business and his hopes for the future. Longwood Transport specialises in general haulage and has built up a large customer base over the years, many of who have been with

them for many years. “We specialise in bulk, tipper, flat, curtainsider and container work. We basically specialise in all general haulage and would do a lot of work out of the docks,” said Cathal. The company MD admits that ensuring that they have backloads on the trucks is an essential part of the day to day running of the business. “We wouldn't leave the docks unless we have a backload as it would not pay us to do so, giving

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Gala Express in Longwood and Longwood Transport are run by the Byrne family

the overheads that are involved in this industry. “Like everyone else we are hanging in there and while the work is there at the moment, it is up to us to ensure that we maintain the same level of service and ensure that our customers are pleased with the service we provide. “We have a strong customer base, who we have been working with for years. We would do a lot of work for the likes of Fast Shipping, who we've been with for over a decade now. “For the past many years, the company has been working with container and shipping lines and due to the time constraints of the industry, it is essential that we are on time, everytime. “You just cannot let anyone down in this game. If you do

then they will find someone else to do the job and who can blame them, but thankfully they are all happy with the work we do and hopefully we can continue that for many years to come. As is the case with 99% of hauliers in the country, the issue of diesel prices is one that Cathal feels needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. “Since last October 12 months, the price of diesel has gone up 20%, which is crippling the industry. We have been forced to make a few cuts here and there, but we have ensured that this has not affected the service we provide. “The situation needs to be addressed sooner rather than later as it is damaging the industry no end. The diesel bill

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A familiar sight on Longwood’s main street

“We would prefer Scania alone is astronomical at this trucks as we know them best stage, but to be honest I can't and find them very reliable. see the Government doing We also have a Volvo here anything about it. as well. We would buy all our “The problem now is that trucks in Ireland.” some companies are cutting So what are the future corners and they are able to do plans of Longwood work cheaper, because there Transport? “The aim is to are not following the proper keep providing the service channels and until those that we provide and try to channels are close off, then the expand the customer base industry is in trouble.” some more. It is a case of Cathal revealed that they continuing to work hard and place a greater emphasis on Call 1800 366 645 or Visit www.emo.ie maintain the customers we maintaining the trucks that they have as well. have instead of upgrading Continued Best Wishes To Longwood Transport “We know that every couple of years, which is www.alhayesmotors.com these are a practice that very few testing times, hauliers is following now. but with the “We haven't bought a new loyal customer lorry in the last few years and base that is we place a few greater here, we feel emphasis on maintaining the that we can get trucks that we have. We do all through this our maintenance and have a current period full time mechanic here, which and make sure is actually my brother David.” that the The family run business also business is sees Cathal's father Tom around for years remain at the helm, while his to come.” mother Camilla and wife Al Hayes Motors Tracey are also involved Portumna, Co. Galway. CONTACT in the day to day running Tel: 090 9742200 Fax: 090 9742255 of the company. DETAILS Longwood Transport operates five trucks, the Longwood Transport majority of which is Longwood, Search online for all commercial vehicles at www.alhayesmotors.com Scania, while they have Enfield, Best Wishes To Longwood Transport 20 trailers to cater for the Co Meath various types of work that Tel: (046)9555850 they carry out on a daily basis. IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

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Vanspeed was established in 2009

Vanspeed Couriers makes capital gains Founded just three years ago, VanSpeed Couriers is Dublin’s fastest growing courier company, making an average of 1,000 deliveries every week. Managing director Ken Gill talks about the company’s success to date and his plans to extend VanSpeed Couriers services to other parts of the country.

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fledging company has grown into one of Dublin’s most successful courier businesses. Indeed, VanSpeed Couriers prides itself as the market leader in the Dublin courier industry. This is due in no small part to the company’s low-cost,

reliable and friendly service which is backed up by the latest computer technology and online booking facilities. Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week from their depot on the Nangor Road Business Park, Dublin 12, and

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VanSpeed Couriers provides a same day, overnight and pre-noon service. Immediate quotations are available, while all deliveries are insured to the sum of €10,000. In addition, all of VanSpeed courier’s drivers are uniformed and hold current building site safety passes. Whatever its size or content, when you send your package through VanSpeed Couriers, you can be sure that it is in safe hands. “We’ve come a long way in the last three years,” Ken proudly states. “We’ve a large customer-base that’s Vanspeed is Dublin’s fastest expanding on a daily growing courier business basis. We deal with between 400 and 500 customers solve their transportation customers from throughout the city on a problems and are also willing to listen daily basis who are happy to put their to what their clients require and to act trust in us because they know we can on those requirements. The company be relied upon and have gained the operates an extensive fleet of ownertrust of our customers. We deal with a driver vans, trucks and motorcycles wide range of customers, from those in throughout the greater Dublin area. The the manufacturing and food sectors to van division ranges from Ford Transit to the banking and financial sectors. Mercedes Sprinter panel vehicles “Our company has grown three-fold which can carry up to three pallets with since 2009 from very humble ease. beginnings and business is already up VanSpeed Couriers also operate by 30 per cent from this time last year. curtain side/tail lift trucks that can We’re lucky in that we have such a wide transport between four and 25 standard and diverse range of customers who pallets on any one consignment. The have their busy periods at different times of the year. If we were relying on bike division, meanwhile, caters for customers in the same sector, we smaller deliveries such as letters and mightn’t be here now.” parcels. VanSpeed Couriers highly-trained “While we mainly specialize in staff is always on hand to help palletized stock, we will transport

everything and anything,” explains Ken, who has extensive knowledge within the transport industry and has worked in the Dublin courier business for many years. “When we set up this company, we had one main objective was to provide an excellent Courier service backed by unrivaled customer service, we put a sales team in place whose job is to actively seek out new customers. It’s a highly competitive business environment and you won’t survive by standing still. Because we were a new company starting out with no overheads, it gave us the scope to aggressively attack the market. This approach has made us the fastest growing courier company in Dublin.” Ken believes his company’s location

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in Nangor Road Business Park has been a key reason behind its success. “It’s a great location from which to cover the city, central location is key. The Nangor Road is only 15 minutes from the city centre and with the M50 right beside us we can get to any part of Dublin within half an hour or less. I would estimate that about 75 per cent of our business is conducted in West Dublin. “Dublin has become a much smaller place since the road infrastructure was improved. It only takes 30 minutes to get from Baldoyle in north Co. Dublin to Bray in Co. Wicklow now. That’s some change from a few years ago. “Another reason why we’ve been successful is down to the fact that we have a set price list customers know exactly what they are being charged before we handle any goods. It means that customers know where they stand and that they don’t have to worry about any hidden costs or charges.” VanSpeed Couriers recently became a member of Palletxpess, which is Ireland’s only independent palletized freight network specializing in next-day distribution of express freight throughout the 32 counties and 48

hours services to and from the UK. Founded in 2004, Palletxpress operates from Naas, Co. Kildare and has former Dublin football captain and manager Tommy Carr as its managing director. With members in nearly every county, Palletxpress guarantees a fast and efficient solution to your needs for moving your pallet from ‘pick up’ to ‘delivery’ in a transparent and genuinely traceable manner. All members are fully licensed and insured to carry all Palletxpress freight and all are bound by a code of operational conduct. “We are able to offer a countrywide and international delivery service thanks to our association with Palletxpress,” Ken says. As a company Vanspeed Couriers are always looking to the future and are always one step ahead of the competition and are looking forward to the continued expansion of our next day nationwide and international service through our partnership with the palletxpress network. We here at Vanspeed Couriers feel our partnership is vitally important if we want to keep growing the company in the manner

that we have done so in the last three years. As I said, Dublin has become a much smaller place and we’re keen to broaden our horizons, and offering new services and maintaining the high level of Customer service and Communication which is key in this industry. And a big thank you to all those customers who have put their trust in our services over the past three years and look forward to many more years of success. “Our membership of the Palletxpress network gives us a platform to expand beyond the Dublin region,” he concludes.

CONTACT DETAILS VanSpeedCouriers.ie Unit 2, Nangor Road Business Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 456 4444 Fax: (01) 456 4848 Sales: 01 4564444 sales@vanspeedcouriers.ie Website: www.vanspeedcouriers.ie

Graham Byrne, Managing Director of Bibby Financial Services comments “Our partnership with Vanspeed have allowed them to focus on growing their business and leave the funding and cash flow management to us. The facility provides Vanspeed with the majority of their invoice value within 24 hours of them being raised, with the rest of it released to Vanspeed once their debtor makes the payment in full, minus our fee. Our service helps Vanspeed compete through offering good credit terms to their suppliers, without having any detrimental impact on their business. And the way our funding works mean as the Vanspeed business grows, so does the amount of cash we can make available to them - in the current climate, that’s more important than ever. Vanspeed are an excellent client and great to do business with. It is easy to see why and how they are doing so well and I wish them continued success on their journey forward.” Best Wishes To VanSpeed Couriers

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An impressive view of the fleet

Celebrating in style For any company to reach their 25th anniversary is a huge landmark and Westport based haulage company Beirne Express celebrated reaching that milestone in emphatic style.

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arlier this year, Beirne Express took delivery of the world's most powerful truck, Volvo FH16 750 Ocean Race Limited Edition, which is the first of its kind to be sold in Ireland This purchase was very fitting for Beirne Express in their anniversary year as the truck itself is celebrating a milestone; a Volvo 25th Anniversary edition and proudly wearing the Volvo Ocean Race Livery in recognition of the race ending in neighbouring Galway this July. It is a fitting tribute for the Mayo based company that has

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been built up from scratch by Martin Beirne and for this month's edition of Irish Trucker; we profile the company and speak to the managing director about the success of the business. Martin started Beirne Express Freight on February 2nd, 1987 and through hard work and endeavour, the company now today operates a fleet of 12 trucks which are predominantly Volvo. Martin is very proud to have his wife Gerardine at the helm with him in addition to many other members of his family who between them have worked very hard over the last IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


“We also have a great working relationship with our customers, many of who have been with us since the start and we are grateful to them and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.” “I'm delighted with the new truck as it is very fuel efficient considering the power it has, which is a major plus, give the price of fuel at the moment.” Can Martin see anything be done about the continuous rise in the price of fuel? “There is a lot of talk about a fuel rebate, but in fairness there doesn't seem to be much happening. The IRHA in negotiations with the Minister to get it implemented, but the Government don't seem to be willing to introduce it just yet. “Something needs to be done and needs to be done quickly as it has reached crisis point in the industry. Over the past two years, the price of diesel has almost doubled, which is outrageous.” Beirne Express specialise in general haulage, refrigeration transport, container trunking as well as groupage and a lot of their work centres

All trucks are kept in pristine condition

quarter of a century to grow and build the business into the very successful operation that it is today. As a family orientated business, Gerardine looks after the accounts, while Martin's two brothers Kieran and Seamus as well as his son Lorcan are also an integral part of the business. “Yes you could say we are a small business and that has always been the case. There are 12 employees working here and each of them play their part in the success of the business, many of who have been with us years now. “We are delighted to have reached the landmark of 25 years, especially given the current economic climate. We have set high standards to meet and thankfully we have continued to meet them consistently,” said Martin. IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

The new Volvo FH16 750 Ocean Race Limited Edition

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around transporting medical goods all over the country. The company achieved the ISO 9001: 2008 standard back in '08 and have maintained the same level each year, which guarantees the customers the highest possible service. Maintenance is a key issue within the firm and Martin revealed that they carry out repairs on site. “We would do our own maintenance work and this helps cut down on any unnecessary breakdowns that may occur. The trucks are all maintained and the fleet is kept fairly new so this also helps to ensure that the day to day running of the business goes smoothly.” Like all companies, Beirne Express have experienced highs and lows and in 2010, the business suffered a huge setback when three of their trucks were burnt out in an accidental fire on the premises. The destroyed lorries were three to four years old and the cost of the damage was estimated to be in the region of €300,000. “That did set us back and it took us a while to get back where we are today, but we managed to do so and the aim is to continue providing the level of

Volvo is a popular choice amongst Beirne Express

service that our customers have become accustomed too.” From their premises in Westport, Beirne Express can boast two warehouses covering 20,000sq ft and Martin admits that overall that he is happy with the direction that the company is heading in. “We just have to knuckle down and work that bit harder through the current recession. In saying that we are pleased with the workload we have, but that's not to say we are always on the lookout for more work. I believe if we

can keep delivering the same level of service and ensure that the customers remain happy then we will be around for a few years yet.”

CONTACT DETAILS Beirne Express Freight Lodge Road, Westport, Mayo, Tel: 098-25999

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Track machines can be sourced from all over the world

MG: A reliable source As we all know, the haulage and construction industries has suffered greatly in the past two years or so and many involved in these industries have been forced to cut back on their fleets. Well, MG Plant & Machinery Sales could prove to be the saviour everyone is looking for.

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he number of trucks and plant equipment sitting idle in yards around the country at the moment is frightening with some people being in the precarious position of still paying for the machinery. Many feel that they have no options left to them and the uncertain future is a genuine cause for concern. However, MG Plant is actively seeking second hand plant machinery, while offering very fair rates for their purchases. Martin and Michael Gleeson has been running the company since 1998 and over the years they have diversified into many areas to meet market demand. The brothers and their team source equipment all over the UK, Ireland and Europe and IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

export mainly to the Asian market. From their site at Swinford, Co Mayo, the company has a wide range of plant and machinery, which sees them as one of Ireland's leading supplier of this equipment. “We would stock up many units at any given time that includes a wide range of plant and machinery. We are always looking for second hand stuff to buy, so anyone that may be in a position to sell should get in contact with us,” said Martin. “We appreciate that the haulage and construction industries have suffered greatly in recent years and hopefully things will start to pick up in the near future. More and more people are buying second hand these days and through our large

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network of contacts, we have the capabilities of sourcing whatever a customer may need.” MG Plant have been sourcing plant all across Ireland, which are then been sold in Asia where there is a large demand for their product. “Yes the demand for equipment is great because there are not too many countries that use them, so we have to source the majority of them in Ireland and the U.K. We have customers all over.” As no one is buying new equipment the demand for second-hand goods has increased considerably. We are pleased with the way that the business is progressing as we are moving forward and hopefully we can continue to do so.” The location in Swinford has been key to their success and their customer base has increased considerably over their fourteen years in operation. “We source all plants and machinery ourselves, which means that we could be anywhere at any given time. We have IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

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The company is based in Swinford

built up a massive database and we will endeavour to source any form of equipment for the customer, while ensuring that they receive it as quickly as possible.” Martin and his team have come along way from the days that they just dealt in the sale of quality used light and heavy goods' commercials. The company now has 14 years experience behind it and during that time they have built up a

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large customer base. “We would have a lot of repeat custom. All the products that we buy are checked out thoroughly so the customer knows exactly what they will get when they make the purchase. “It is in our best interests to sell quality used vehicles. The simple fact is that if we don't we won't be in business for too long. People are paying out big money and they demand a good service which they are entitled too.” MG Plant have cornered a niche in the market From and through their network of contacts; they have become the leading supplier of second hand plant and machinery. “A lot of work has gone in to building up the trade and we are now in a position where we can deal with any enquiry. So if anyone has some equipment that they would like to sell, they should get in touch with us by phone or e-mail, while anyone interested in buying stuff should contact us also. I'm sjuneure they will fine what they are looking for.”

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Wastec operates a nationwide back-up service

Wastec - driving the waste industry forward Wastec is a new force in the municipal waste management sector in Ireland, providing a comprehensive range of sales and support services for mobile and static plant solutions.

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astec Ireland and Northern Ireland was established by Noel Harrison last year to provide the highest standard of waste equipment solutions for the public and private sectors when purchasing or servicing new and used equipment. Based in Clondalkin on the west side of Dublin city, the company’s fully equipped and dedicated workshop has the capability to carry out anything from repairs to maintenance to major modifications and refurbishment. Wastec’s team of skilled engineers have over 30 years technical knowledge and expertise in refuse vehicles and waste-related equipment. The fledgling company also operates a nationwide back-up service for its ever-expanding customer-base. Wastec is a multi-agency distributor that provides a

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comprehensive range of sales and support services for both mobile and static plant solutions. They cater for complete refuse vehicles, hook loaders, semi-trailers, lifting equipment, weighing systems, complete MRF systems, fully and semiautomatic baling presses, compactors and shredding systems. Wastec provides the highest quality branded technologies and products on the market. Heil, Terberg, Dynamic Floor, Whale, Stocks and AMCS Group are just some of the brands they represent. The company is committed to working with its clients to find the perfect solution that makes most sense for their specific business needs. Wastec has a range of bespoke solutions to meet its customers’ requirements and to suit their individual IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


Wastec’s workshop is the only dedicated RCV facility in Ireland

format and applications. With this tailor-made approach, they can provide a unique and cost-managed solution for individual clients. Wastec deliver all solutions and services to the highest possible standards of quality control, comprehensive service and continuous maintenance. A comprehensive range of Wastec Finance Solutions covering leasing, contract hire or spot hire are also available. Wastec Ireland operates from a 24,000 sq ft modern fullyequipped purpose-built premises located in Unit A, Weatherwell Business Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. The premises consists of a large service garage, office space, a service/drivers reception area as well as a dedicated training classroom facility. A fully secured 36,000 sq ft truck parking/holding area, Wastec’s impressive including access for vehicle collection facility in Clondalkin and drop off, is also located on site. Wastec’s garage/workshop is the only dedicated RCV facility in Ireland purpose built to handle the specific requirements for the mounting of refuse bodies, body chassis retro fitments and to carry out all aspects of maintenance and repairs to engines/chassis, specialised refuse bodies, including both automatic and manual bin-lift systems service and repairs, resulting in a fast and efficient turn-around time which minimises downtime effects on customers and operators of RCV fleets. Wastec’s location adjacent to the Red Cow N7/M50 intersection, N4 exit (at

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Liffey Valley), Naas Road/Longmile and Newlands Cross N7 junctions makes it easily accessible to all parts of the country. The main areas of sales are wheelie bins, used vehicles and related equipment. Wastec currently supplies two- and fourwheeled bins to local authorities, management companies and private waste collections firms. All bins are manufactured using up-to-date production procedures and are to European standard EN840. A wide range of sizes and colours can be customised with your company logo and chipping if required. Wastec also supply used refuse vehicles and equipment. Their sales team will work closely with your business to ensure that the equipment sourced and delivered meet your expectations and suit your specific business needs. Wastec’s

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Some of Wastec’s refuse vehicles on display

used vehicles are maintained to the highest standards. The vehicles are in excellent condition and are thoroughly checked and serviced prior to delivery. Should you require a particular vehicle

specification not currently in stock, Wastec offer a custom vehicle and equipment locating service. Wastec is committed to providing the best and latest technology and

products on the market today. They recently announced a long-term partnership with Heil Europe to supply refuse collection vehicles to the Irish market. Wastec are also agents for

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Stock Sweepers Ltd, Dynamic Floor, Whale Tankers, AMCS Group and Terberg. Stock Sweepers are leading manufacturers of various models of heavy-duty, truck-mounted suction road sweepers, which include new innovations and ideas. Dynamic Floor are market leaders in the design and manufacture of moving floor systems and recycling plants, while Whale Tankers are one of the largest manufacturers of liquid waste tankers and jetting equipment in Europe. AMCS Group has many years of experience in helping recycling and waste collectors and facility operators improve efficiency, reduce costs and improve customer service. Terberg, meanwhile, are synonymous with innovative, high quality robust and reliable equipment solutions manufactured to the highest standards using some of the most advanced technology and components available

The Wastec brand is synonymous with the municipal waste management sector in Ireland

Repairs being carried out to a refuse vehicle

today in their factories across Europe. In addition, Wastec specialise in remanufactured waste equipment, offering many of the benefits and features of new equipment, coupled with substantial cost savings over new purchase prices. Remanufactured equipment can extend the life of your capital investment – adding value and return on investment in a costeffective way. Wastec is flexible in its approach, allowing customers to provide their own body and bin lift for remanufacture or to purchase a Wastec remanufactured body

and bin lift to be remounted on a new or used chassis of their choice. As specialists in contract hire, Wastec have the expertise to offer and advise on an extensive range of RCVs. With a choice of spot hire (subject to availability) or contract hire on a longor short-term basis, they are confident they can competitively meet your vehicle requirements, backed up by an experienced team and professional service. Wastec offer contract hire of high quality municipal vehicles to local authorities and the private waste management sector. Wastec also supply parts for every make and model of waste collection vehicle. All spare parts supplied by Wastec are optimised to provide the best performance and most cost effective repairs. Their partners in the UK and Ireland carry over 20,000 genuine spare parts, ranging from engines, pumps and wheels to the tiniest nuts and bolts. Wastec aims to supply maximum parts availability with the shortest possible lead times and at the most competitive prices. Wastec will shortly launch a new online parts sourcing and purchasing website – wastedirect.com – which will make it easier than ever for customers to find the parts they need.

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For more information about Wastec and what they offer, telephone 01-4576634, fax 01-4570069 or email info@wastec.ie

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Three Castledooey tippers

That’ll doo nicely Within the space of seven years, Castledooey Transport Ltd. has made incredible progress, forging a stellar reputation for itself in the bulk haulage /tipper sector throughout Ireland and the UK. Irish Trucker met up with founder and MD Giles Goudie, who has nurtured the company from a onetruck operation to its present status as a modest but highly-respected concern.

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Giles and Leonna Goudie in the office

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astledooey Transport Ltd. is a family business owned and operated by founder Giles Goudie. Operating out of Castledooey, Manorcunningham, County Donegal, the company caters predominantly for the bulk industry in Ireland and the UK mainland. Having been established in 2005 and starting with one lorry, they now have four arctic units as well as a variety of trailers tailored towards the bulk haulage market. Flatbed and curtainsider trailers are also available and the company is continuously re- investing to ensure that all customer

requirements can be met. They also supply large amounts of high quality straw and hay to the farming community as well as some winter feeding materials. Castledooey Transport is TASCC-registered for haulage of animal feeds and combinable crops. Giles reflects on the genesis and early days of his company: “We’re exactly seven years in business now, having started out in May 2005 with one lorry. I’ve been driving lorries since I was 21, so I had eight years’ experience before I set up Castledooey Transport.” Why did he decide to set up his IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


own company? After all, there are a lot less headaches involved if you just work for somebody else… “I decided I would chance it on my own just to see how it would go. So far, it has worked out well. I bought one lorry and a brick trailer with a grab and drew bricks for the first six months. “I started out from scratch. I literally hadn’t even a single load when I bought the first lorry. My father was a meat wholesaler, selling meat throughout the county of Donegal. When I got my first job after leaving school it was at the local Co-Op as a forklift driver. I was loading lorries and that is where the interest came from.” Finding the optimum size is one of the key challenges facing any operator; knowing how to quit when you’re ahead. Often this involves resisting the urge to add more units to your fleet… “I’ve gradually built it up to four units,” Giles notes. “We could probably run more but to be honest I can’t see the benefits of getting any bigger. The costs involved mean I would love to just run two lorries and have even fewer headaches but with

Bobby and Lewis Goudie give a helping hand

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The fleet is maintained to the highest standards

some of the contracts we have at the moment we simply couldn’t fulfil them with two trucks. But we also have some sub-contractors we use on a regular basis, so I can take on any job.” This sense of togetherness is something Giles feels is sadly lacking from the haulage community as a whole: “I think there’s not enough people helping each other out in haulage. That’s one of the reasons why rates are so bad, because they are cutting each other. It would be better for everyone if we all worked together and somehow tried to pull in the one direction. Maybe we’d find that there’s enough for everybody.” Since its inception, Castledooey Transport has evolved in line with the market and customer demands. “We’ve changed quite a lot,” Giles confirms. “We were doing brick trailer work in the beginning and then moved onto a flat trailer. Then after a year we then got a tipper trailer and I bought a brand-new flat trailer, which was the first brand-new vehicle bought by the company. “I did a bit more tipper work and as time went on, we concentrated more on that side. The second lorry was with Interlink Express in

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Athlone and we had the lorry and two vans running from Letterkenny to Athlone every night. “Due to the way the economy was going downhill, work at home was becoming quieter, but we wanted to spread our wings so I decided to try a bit of tipper work in the UK and we are quite busy with that and bought the third truck for UK work a few years ago. We’re currently doing tipper work between Ireland and the UK and internally in the UK but we’re also hoping to spread to the continent before the end of 2012.” At the moment, the Castledooey Transport fleet comprises four lorries and eight trailers, three of which are tippers. The trucks are two MANs, a Mercedes and a Scania. “With the MANs, we have easy local access to parts and repairs, but I decided to try out the Mercedes this time and I’m pleased with it,” says Giles. “We do 80% of our own repairs and we also do all the servicing and keep service records etc. I keep a tight handle on that myself and I also still go out every day and do all my own tipper work.” Of course, in this line of work you are only as strong as your weakest link. So,

Giles tries to ensure that there are no weak links in his business: “We try to stay a step ahead and keep a good stock of tyres and parts, because all the trucks are away from Monday – Friday and you need to have the stuff on hand on a Saturday in case you have to carry out any repairs or anything. You have to think ahead. “As well as myself, there are three lads working with me and my wife Leonna helps out in the office. I’ll also bring in a mechanic weekly, depending on the workload. We try to be as selfsufficient as we can because you simply have to keep the overheads down. But, at the end of the day, there’s only so much you can do – you can’t do everything yourself.” As we all know, the extortionate price of diesel is wreaking havoc with the livelihoods of everyone in the transport industry and Giles is as adversely affected as the next man: “Diesel prices now account for 55% of our running costs and they wouldn’t have been any more than 30% a few years ago. Diesel has become a major factor in the dayto-day operation of the business. “The fuel rebate would be a very positive thing if it came in. It would offer some respite to the genuine haulier

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who has all his paperwork etc. in place but is being driven out of business. “I’ve learned a lot over the past seven years. Running your own business opens your eyes to a lot of things. Rates aren’t moving with the times, but if you don’t ask you won’t receive. There is too much wheeling and dealing involved when it comes to rates and this shouldn’t be the case. If it costs X amount to run a lorry, then that’s what you should be getting – no less. You can’t haggle for other services such as diesel, parts or insurance and you shouldn’t be able to get a cut-price deal on haulage either.”

CONTACT DETAILS Castledooey Transport Ltd. Castledooey, Manorcunningham, County Donegal. Tel / Fax: 074 9157479 Mobile: 085 1657686 UK Mobile: 0044 78 71413755 Email: info@castledooeytransport.com

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Pump it up

For quarter of a century, Rotech has been supplying fleet operators in Ireland with an excellent range of fuel pumps, meters hoses and other dispensing equipment as well as offering state-of-the-art fuel management systems. Irish Trucker popped into the company’s Wexford base and got an insight into the business from founder / managing director John Rowe.

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Rotech can come up with the answer for complete fuel management systems

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otech is Ireland’s premier supplier of diesel and lube oil dispensing (and monitoring) equipment, stocking a wide range in each product line from a simple hand pump to air-operated, electric and full fuel / oil monitoring systems. It is the main importer and distributor of some of the world’s top manufacturers of fuel pumps, meters, hoses, filters, dispensing nozzles, fuel management systems, tank gauges, oil pumps, grease pumps, fuel and oil reels, waste oil collectors, oil and detergent sprayers etc. Boasting 25 years’ extensive product knowledge, Rotech possess all the expertise to help customers find the perfect solution to their requirements every time. A family-run company with personal, friendly service always a priority, Rotech keeps its stock levels high, with prompt next-day delivery to customers. If required, their experienced and fully-trained staff provide customers with an excellent on-site fitting and aftersales service. And the fact that the company MD comes IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


software permits exporting data to a PC. The compact body contains the nozzle holder, the pump and the meter, while the electronic unit is able to control up to120 users by means of a magnetic key or PIN code. Data can be downloaded onto a PC either by means of the manager key or by direct cable connection. The CUBE 70 MC can be wall mounted, directly on the tank by means of the quick coupling or on a column. The self service units can be directly bolted to the ground. Meanwhile, the Delta FT4000 is a simple yet sophisticated fuel management system, designed to provide complete control for multi user commercial transport organisations dispensing fuel to authorised vehicles on-site. The FT4000 Rotech offer a variety of steel comprises hardware and tanks with fuel pumps software, the hardware is a from a farming background himself highly specified Fuel Access Control means he understands fully the needs Terminal (FACT) designed to be of his customers. installed at the fuelling location. John reveals: “I set the business up Remote access via the internet is also myself 30 years ago, just outside the possible where required. village of Killinick in South Wexford. I In March 2012, Rotech introduced saw a potential demand for fuel pumps the new range of AdBlue dispensing and we were one of the first to equipment from the Piusi range, introduce these pumps onto the Irish Suzzara Blue. This range includes market in the early 80s. I had spotted IBC kits from a basic pump to a pump them at an exhibition in Denmark and and metering system. Rotech brought in a few just to test the market supplies products to suit every and it just grew from there. We went customer, including 205 ltr AdBlue from standard fuel pumps to pumps hand pumps and basic AdBlue hose with metering systems and filtering kits. The range includes 12 or 24 and systems. Eventually we also 230 volt options in pumps; manual or progressed into supplying complete automatic nozzles can be added to fuel management systems to hauliers suit each customer. and coach operators, taxis, people in Rotech will be displaying its range of construction, farmers etc.” diesel pumping and filtering Rotech’s practical and efficient fuel equipment at the Ploughing management systems cater for the Championship at Ballinaboola smallest to the largest fleets throughout ,Wexford in September. Its range of the the 32 counties. diesel tanks and AdBlue pumping The CUBE 70 MC & Self Service equipment will also be on display, with 70/100 Fuel Management System has special show prices available during been designed and manufactured to the exhibition. cater for the private user and is easy to John says the business has evolved install, ensures fast and precise significantly over the past 30 years. “And it’s continuing to change,” he dispensing and can only be used by notes. Particularly so with the price of identified personnel. Dedicated IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

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Rotech are experts in fuel management systems Whatever the need, Rotech can come up with the answer

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diesel, a lot of the operators are trying to buy in bulk, so there’s an increase in demand for new and used tanks.” A willingness to embrace technological advancements has been central to Rotech’s success. “We’ve always kept abreast of changes, moved as fast as humanly possible and we’ve made sure we don’t get left behind,” says John who is joined in the family business by his sons John Jnr. and Richard. “Between the three of us, we run the show. We also have a fitter and a girl looking after the day to day running of the office. “We pride ourselves on the service we offer. Equipment on its own – no matter how good it is – is worthless without the backup in terms of technical knowledge and speedy response to any problems that might arise. We supply only the best brands – Piusi is our biggest supplier and would be recognised as one of the world’s leading fuel pump and

meter manufacturers with first class back up. Rotech sells directly to operators and also through a network of dealers located strategically nationwide. As for the current performance of the business, John concludes: “Given the tough period we are all going through in Ireland at the moment, we are thankfully keeping our heads above water. It’s never easy to look at the crystal ball and see the future but we will be on the look-out for new products and we will advise our suppliers on how the industry is changing. Our fingers are firmly on the pulse and will continue to provide both new and existing customers with the best products and back-up service possible. “The biggest problem facing the haulage industry is the price of fuel which leads to very tight margins. We will be introducing a new Piusi fuel management system

The Cube-70MC is a basic fuel management system c/w 70 litre per minute pump, 4 metre hose and auto nozzle. This system can be used with or without a software package

This fuel management system c/w 100 litre per minute pump, 4 metre hose and auto nozzle. Reports from this system will show date, time, user, registration number, The Carry3000 comes as a 12 or 24 volt transfer mileage and litres pump delivering 45 litres per minute

within the next few months, which we have high hopes for as it is a strong, reliable product offering value for money. It’s an excellent budget system, which will be of particular interest to most fleet owners.”

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CONTACT DETAILS ROTECH Hilltown, Killinick, County Wexford. Tel : 053 9135165 / 9135270 Fax : 053 9135437 Email : info@rotech.ie www.rotech.ie

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