Export & Freight Nov-Dec 2017

Welcome to our special Transport & Logistics Awards issue, highlighting who won what and why on a memorable and record breaking night at the Waterfront in Belfast.

Over 700 participants and guests attended the gala evening, the biggst ever number in the awards ceremony’s 16 year history and testimony to the fact that the annual showcase for the industry is without doubt the premier event of its kind on the island of Ireland.

Of course, it would not be possible without all those who entered the 20 different categories, all those who supported the night by their presence and especially all our loyal sponsors to whom we say a heartfelt ‘thank you.’ In this issue you will find a comprehensive 50-page review of the awards night in words and pictures.

Also in this issue, we report on how NIBC has partnered with Young Enterprise NI to help encourage more women in Northern Ireland to join the haulage profession. Currently only eight per cent of workers within the haulage industry are women, so this initiative has to be warmly welcomed.

And talking of which, a big congratulations to Pamela Dennison from specialist furniture logistics company, W.S. Dennison Ltd; she has recently taken on the role of National Regional Officer for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Northern Ireland and she aims to raise the profile of the industry, both generally and specifically to young people and, of course, women.

This month we have been test driving the new Scania S500, and we have also been discovering more about the latest innovations from DAF and how they have impacted in a very positive way on the manufacturer’s latest line-up.

A lot has been happening in the world of vans, with LDV, Mercedes-Benz and MAN featuring prominently in our Van Ireland section – and there is lots, too, to report on from the shipping sector, not least P&O Ferries who have seen the highest number of lorries and trailers travelling on its ferries between Larne and Cairnryan in the third quarter of the year than it has in any Q3 since 2011, indicative of how the freight industry in general continues to thrive.


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