Welcome to our latest bumper issue of Export & Freight; with the annual Welcome to our biggest issue this year of Export & Freight which includes a comprehensive round-up in words and pictures of our highly successful and well supported Annual Transport & Logistics Awards, back with a bang after a two year absence because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event attracted the most entries ever and according to the judges, the quality was absolutely outstanding, proving that our industry is so resilient and continues to thrive despite all the challenges it is facing, so well done to everyone who joined us on the night. As you will also read in our regular column from Logistics UK’s Seamus Leheny, the logistics sector continues to deliver despite skills shortages and other economic factors.
The number of those employed in logistics in Northern Ireland in 2021 was 34,200, and while this figure remains widely unchanged since 2020, recruitment still presents a significant challenge with high numbers of job vacancies, so we congratulate all those in the industry who are running various recruitment schemes, apprenticeships and upskilling of employees to counter this challenge – and that includes Transport Training Services which has been approved to deliver Heavy Vehicle Trailer Maintenance and Repair as a level 2 apprenticeship, designed to help address the skills shortage which has been identified across the sector.
In other news, we take a look at DAF’s New Generation XD series which has been voted ‘International Truck of the Year 2023’. We turn the focus on the vital parts and servicing sector, and we also report on the unveiling of the design of a new100% electric passenger ferry being developed by Artemis Technologies in Belfast, plus we look back at a record breaking IAA show which we attended in Germany – and, of course, we have all our usual regular columns and features.
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for the Sept-Oct 2022 issue of Export and Freight Magazine.