Long-standing Volvo Truck NZ customer, the Aitken family of Temuka Transport has been named among the 2019 Volvo Visionaries. These awards were created to celebrate, thank and honour the extraordinary and the visionary among the Volvo community.
The story of Temuka Transport is an uplifting one. From a humble start in 1967, when Rowdy and Margaret first bought into the business, described by Margaret as ‘a fallen down shed and 18 trucks – half of them on blocks’ to the business as it has become today. Temuka Transport is currently one of New Zealand’s largest transport and logistics operations, comprising four companies, 220 employees and a fleet of over 100 trucks.
The Aitkin family’s contribution to their community has been recognised in the form of a Queen’s Service Medal for Rowdy in 2008 and a Mayor’s award for the whole family in 2016. More than 50 years on and still going strong - well done Rowdy, Margaret, Gutsy, Slim and Brendan.
PAUL FRANCE, NEW VOLVO NATIONAL MANAGER – TRUCKS & BUSES
MTD Trucks are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul France as National Sales Manager - Volvo Truck & Bus, based at MTD Trucks Head Office, Palmerston North.
Paul is responsible for national sales of Volvo Trucks & Buses, heading up the experienced sales team of 6 based around the country.
Paul has over 20 years’ experience in commercial business development, marketing, sales and service operations. He spent considerable time in the heavy capital equipment area with The Gough Group and Titan Plant, managing and leading sales teams in both companies.
More recently, Paul has been with City Care Business Development and was instrumental in leading the business through its most successful growth period.
“We are very pleased to have Paul join our company and look forward to his experience he brings to the business” says General Manger Murray Sowerby.
Volvo Trucks in High Demand, set to increase capacity
Following record demand and strong ongoing orders in New Zealand & Australia, the Volvo Trucks Factory in Wacol Queensland has again increased capacity to help ease the pressure and ensure future capability to meet customer’s needs.
Vice President Volvo Truck Sales Australia, Mitch Peden, says that “On-going demand in New Zealand has been a large part of the decision to further increase build capacity. We recognise though, there are a number of customers who haven’t been able to wait. Ramping up production however, is a complex process and it’s vital that we focus on recruitment, training and our quality processes to ensure we maintain the market leading quality standards our customers expect from Volvo. Every time we have increased supply in 2017, demand has quickly outstripped it. Although we are very confident that in 2018 we will be in a position to build more trucks than our customers, both in New Zealand and Australia, will have demand for”.
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