Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market achieved steady growth in the second quarter of 2016 – up 7.6%, with more than 11,000 new vehicles registered, according to figures released today by SMMT. The performance marks the fifth quarter of consecutive growth for the sector, boosting year-to-date registrations by 12.9% to 21,434 – the highest volume for the period since 2008.Continuing a trend set in Q1, rigids drove growth for the second quarter, with registrations of vehicles in the 6-16T segment and those weighing in at more than 16T experiencing significant growth, up 25.5% and 20.5% respectively. The rise offset declining demand for 3-axle artics – down 11.4% – while tractor units were the most popular body type, accounting for 39% of the HGVs that hit British roads in Q2.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “It’s encouraging to see HGV operators continuing to invest following the growth seen last year – the result of pent-up demand created by regulatory upheaval in 2014. We’re now seeing fleet renewal patterns return to normal and all the signs point towards further growth, albeit at a steadier rate. Maintaining business confidence must now be a priority to ensure this crucial sector’s ongoing success.”Download the full release and data here. New HGV market grows 7.6% in Q2 2016, with 11,071 units registered.Rigid vehicles drive demand, up 22.3% compared with Q2 last year.Year-to-date performance up 12.9% to 21,434 units – the highest for eight years.
Soilworks, a leader in dust control and soil stabilisation technology, is relocating its world headquarters to Scottsdale, Arizona. It says the new location will help the company focus its energies more on its core business areas such as mining. “This is a natural progression for our company and one that we’re excited to make,” said Chad Falkenberg, founder of Soilworks.”It caps off one of the best years our company has ever had.” Falkenberg said the company’s production facility, which is home to its large-scale heavy industrial production plant, construction facility, equipment yard, warehouse and 26-car rail-spur, will remain in Chandler.“For us, the move to Scottsdale allows us to be more centrally located for clients, employees and future expansion,” he said.It’s been an eventful year for Soilworks, which saw itself become the only company to have a synthetic copolymer pass the rigorous standards of the highly coveted and prestigious Certificate of Conformity from BNQ for its eco-friendly formula. The certification for Soiltac, the flagship product in Soilworks’ dust control and soil stabilisation suite of products, joined the company’s other key product, Durasoil, as the industry’s only suite of non-corrosive, eco-friendly and highly effective dust control products to pass BNQ.“It was further proof of the strict standards that we hold ourselves to every day,” Falkenberg said of the BNQ certifications for Soiltac and Durasoil. “Our mission is to always ensure that our customers receive the best products available on the market. These certifications demonstrated that.”Certification by BNQ is an exacting process that requires complete transparency and top-tier products that can hold up to rigid testing protocols. Last year, Durasoil became the first synthetic fluid dust suppressant ever to be awarded the highly coveted BNQ certification for its superior eco-friendly formula.The company also launched a re-designed website in 2014. According to Falkenberg, the new website allows for a more transparent and informative way to approach the dust control industry, with great care taken by the Soilworks team to ensure that all relevant information was included in the site. Since the company has always strived to produce the highest quality, best performing dust control products on the market, it was important that the new website also reflect that mission, Falkenberg said. “We want our customers to access our content in the most intuitive way possible, each time they visit the website,” he said.Soilworks provides engineered solutions to meet the broad needs of the dust control and soil stabilisation industry. Soilworks’ performance-driven portfolio of industry-leading products include Soiltac®, Powdered Soiltac®, Gorilla-Snot® and Durasoil®.