HOYER continues to invest in safety and the environment

Transport specialist enlarges fleet with safe and low-emission vehicles

Hamburg, 15 April 2015 – The globally active logistics company HOYER GmbH Internationale Fachspedition, headquartered in Hamburg, is investing in its vehicle fleet by acquiring 34 new Iveco trucks for its Chemilog business unit. These are all fitted out with extensive driver assistance systems. A trial run is also being given to a vehicle that runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG). In this way, the company is clearly acknowledging its responsibility towards its employees and the environment.

Equipment and fittings in the new trucks
All of the vehicles ordered from the long-standing partner, the international utility vehicle manufacturer Iveco, have a lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control with integrated emergency brake function, an alertness assistant and sensor-operated fifth-wheel coupling. The new technology is aimed at reducing significantly the number of rear-end collisions and unintentional changes of lane. In addition, all of the new vehicles have a navigation system and an engine-independent air conditioning device. “We are hoping on the one hand to achieve an appreciable improvement in road safety, and on the other to increase significantly the satisfaction of our drivers”, says Dr Roland Pütz, director of the Chemilog business unit at HOYER.

All in all, 27 of the new trucks are determined by virtue of their design to work the long-distance routes, while seven further trucks with a super-light design are suitable for a vehicle load capacity of 30 tonnes or more. The investment volume for these state-of-the-art vehicles is 2.6 million euros.

Commencement of pilot operations for LNG vehicles
HOYER is also entering the test phase with its first LNG vehicle, likewise constructed by Iveco. While conventional trucks are operated with diesel fuel, LNG vehicles run on liquefied natural gas – and consequently with substantially lower emissions. The first operations will commence in short-distance traffic, bearing in mind the still sketchy filling station network for refuelling with natural gas. “In the light of the existing environmental standards, the procurement of additional LNG-operated vehicles for chemicals logistics at HOYER will come into consideration as soon as blanket-coverage refuelling is possible in Europe”, adds Dr Pütz. “From the pilot operations we are already expecting to receive insights regarding, for example, driveability, range and consumption, and are thereby preparing for future purchasing decisions.”

The Hamburg-based logistics firm is also going to use the findings from its trial run to help its long-standing supplier Iveco with the latter’s approval for hazardous goods transportation with the newly developed natural-gas-operated vehicles – which is anticipated before the end of this year. This means that HOYER is again coming a good deal closer to its own declared objective of reducing the CO2 proportion per tonne kilometre by a total of 25 per cent by   2020.

About the HOYER Group:
HOYER is an independent family enterprise dating back to 1946 which has become one of the world’s leading bulk logistics providers, offering comprehensive transport services and complex logistics solutions to the chemical, food, gas and petroleum industries. More than 5,000 employees in over 80 countries across the globe help its customers to become even more successful in their respective markets, with the aid of bespoke and sophisticated logistics solutions. HOYER operates 33,000 tank containers, 2,200 trucks, 2,900 road tankers, 22,700 IBCs, and numerous logistics facilities, transport depots, tank cleaning stations and specialist tank workshops.

Press contact:
HOYER GmbH Internationale Fachspedition
Ewelina Jankowski
Wendenstraße 414-424
20537 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 21044 - 359 – Fax: +49 40 21044 – 455
www.hoyer-group.com – presse@hoyer-group.com

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