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TruckandTrailer.ca FEATURE #TRUCK ... 2013 #WESTERN STAR 4900 HIGHWAY TRACTOR ... click here! http://www.truckandtrailer.ca/en/content/2013-western-star-4900-highway-tractor-mississauga-preview#
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Courtesy of Truck News ... Spot market pricing hints of improving conditions for truckers: FTR

June 19, 2017 8:04AM by Truck News

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the U.S. improved in April, returning to a mid-positive range, according to the latest Trucking Conditions Index from FTR.

The index read 7.03, up more than four points from March. FTR is projecting trucking industry conditions to improve despite year-over-year weakness in contract pricing. It says freight demand is improving and capacity is tightening.

The first quarter of 2017 registered the second strongest freight growth of the current recovery, FTR notes, with modest growth expected over the remainder of the year.

“Overall, our expectation of improvements in freight demand for 2017 are coming to fruition,” said Jonathan Starks, chief operating officer, FTR.

“However, we are seeing a significant difference between the contract carriers, specifically those in more dedicated routes, and the spot market. Contract markets are showing limited load growth and weak pricing, but spot market indicators are telling a very different story. Data from Trans4Cast.com shows that spot market load activity in early June was up more than 50% compared to the same time last year. Importantly, truck capacity in the spot market is down during that same time. This has led to significant rate increases for spot moves, with the average rate up more than 10% on a year-over-year basis. We typically see spot markets move prior to the contract arena, so we would expect to see stronger contract pricing negotiations as we finish 2017 and head into 2018. The market is gaining strength, and conditions for carriers are showing significant improvements.”

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Courtesy of Truck News ... More U.S. fleets looking to add equipment: ACT Research

June 19, 2017 6:12AM by Truck News

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Fleets in the U.S. are indicating strong intentions to purchase new equipment, according to the latest ACT For-Hire Trucking Index.

It showed that May’s purchase intentions remain elevated, recording the strongest three-month sequential reading since the third quarter of 2014. Sixty-one per cent of fleets said they are planning equipment investments in the next three months.

All purchases forecast will be for new equipment. It marked the fifth consecutive month of growth.

One responding fleet executive reported: “Generally industrial customers seem to be increasing loads slightly, nothing over the top, but generally load counts are moving up.”

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Courtesy of Truck West ... Bison raises over $162,000 for CancerCare Manitoba
June 16, 2017 12:56PM by Truck West

WINNIPEG, Man. – Bison Transport raised more than $162,000 through corporate fundraising, a charity barbecue, and personal initiatives in support of the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

The company took part in the 10th annual Challenge for Life, with 114 employees and family members registering to either walk 20km, or work for 200 minutes.

It was the eighth year the Blazing Bison team participated in the fundraising event, and has raised over $860,500 over that time.

“I’m extremely proud of our team at Bison for once again stepping up in support of such an important cause,” said Rob Penner, president and CEO of Bison. “Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, and donors who came together to help us fundraise. At Bison, part of our core values are to foster a spirit of family, fun and giving back, and it’s events such as the Challenge for Life that really exemplify these values.”

The Challenge for Life started in 2008 and has garnered nearly $9 million to help battle cancer and support patients at CancerCare Manitoba.

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Courtesy of Today's Trucking ... Air disc brakes now standard on International LT trucks

Posted: Jun 15, 2017 11:53 AM | Last Updated: Jun 15, 2017 11:53 AM

LISLE, Ill--International Truck is making air disc brakes standard on all axles for all models of the International LT series.

Available in 6x4, 6x2, and 4x2 configurations, LT-series trucks, fitted with Bendix ADB22X brakes, are available for order immediately.

International is the first North American truck OEM to make air brakes standard equipment on all axles of a long-haul tractor.

“Our DriverFirst design philosophy ensures the needs of professional drivers remain top of mind with our product development team,” said Denny Mooney, senior vice president, Global Product Development, International Trucks. “Offering standard air disc brakes on all axles is just another example of our Uptime promise to build trucks with the latest safety technologies, that stay on the road and that drivers want to drive.”

The Bendix ADB22X air disc brake features a patented lightweight design that significantly reduces stopping distance and extends brake system life. Complementing the straight, stable stops that air disc brakes provide is greater reliability, thanks to a design that nearly eliminates brake fade and degradation of stopping power.

The OEM says the total cost of ownership can be reduced by installing durable, long-lasting air disc brakes which generally allow for significantly shorter pad change times than traditional drums.

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Courtesy of Truck News ... May trailer orders exceed expectations

June 15, 2017 9:22AM by Truck News

COLUMBUS, Ind. – There were 17,850 trailers ordered in May, marking a 27% improvement year-over-year, according to preliminary data from ACT Research.

It marked the sixth straight month of positive year-over-year comparisons, though orders were 14% off April’s figures, ACT reported.

“Net orders were off approximately 14% month-over-month, but that was actually better than expected since historic order patterns call for decline in excess of 20% in May,” said Frank Maly, ACT’s director of CV transportation analysis and research. “The major May story is the continuation of the 2016-2017 order season momentum. After a very slow start last fall, orders have been up year-over-year every month since December, with both April and May posting year-over-year gains of 25% or better.”

Dry vans were the major contributor to the growth, up nearly 50% compared to last year. Flatbeds, dumps, and tankers were also solid, ACT reported.

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Courtesy of Truck News ... Michelin reveals airless, rechargeable concept tire

June 14, 2017 3:43PM by James Menzies

MONTREAL, Que. – Michelin has revealed a futuristic airless concept tire constructed of biosourced materials, which can change tread designs on demand.

The tire, which the company says could be viable within 10-15 years, would completely change how fleets use tires. The integrated wheel and tire is made of everyday materials, including orange peel, cardboard, used metal, molasses, and other waste material.

But perhaps most fascinating, the rechargeable tire can change tread design when plugged into a device that uses 3D printing to quickly apply the required tread. In this way, the Vision tire could go from summer to winter tread, or even be optimized for the route the truck will be traveling.

Michelin showed the tire for the first time at its Movin’ On conference on sustainable transportation and mobility in Montreal, Que.

“It is as beautiful as the nature it’s inspired from,” said Terry Gettys, executive vice-president, research and development with Michelin Group, when he revealed the tire during a press conference here. “It’s an airless tire made from biosourced and completely recyclable material. It’s a light, efficient structure, never any downtime, ultimate mobility and never a flat.”

Gettys acknowledged the tire is still a concept, yet he said it’s one that’s realistic.

“It’s a very realistic dream,” he said. “All the components are currently the topics of active research programs at Michelin and we can deliver on those solutions.”

In the absence of air, the Vision tire uses an interior alveolar architecture that can support the weight of the vehicle and its load. Its design isn’t susceptible to explosions or blowouts, Michelin claims.

It’s also connected. Gettys said sensors provide real-time information about the tire’s condition. The four key attributes that the Vision tire offer are: an organic design, made from biosourced and biodegradable materials; a rechargeable tread printed in 3D; an airless design; and connectivity.

“By offering a mobility solution that combines a unique tire, services and materials, Michelin is unveiling an innovation that is inspired by nature, is perfectly integrated into the framework of a circular economy and embodies the Group’s vision of the sustainable mobility of the future,” Michelin announced at Movin’ On.

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