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Commercial freight transportation is a machine-based business. Highly technical equipment and advanced engineering are at the center of supply chain and require constant innovation. Transport Topics equipment coverage focuses on the machines and other physical assets that make delivery possible. It looks closely at available truck, trailer, and chassis models, developments in the engineering space, and maintenance innovations and best practices. 

Business, Equipment

Volvo Rides Higher Truck Revenue to First-Quarter Gains

Volvo truck Volvo Trucks North America

AB Volvo reported first-quarter net income and revenue rose as it brought in more money from truck sales in all markets.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 24, 2019
Business, Equipment

Kenworth Chillicothe Plant Initiates $140 Million Expansion

Kenworth Chillicothe Plant Expansion An artist's rendering of the expansion at Kenworth's Chillicothe, Ohio, plant. The 120,000-square-foot paint facility is expected to open in 2021. (TruckPR)

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Kenworth Truck Co. on April 24 broke ground to officially start construction on a $140 million, 120,000-square-foot paint facility addition to its Class 8 truck assembly plant.

April 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

BASF, Trimac Invest in New Bulk Freight-Matching Platform Bulky

Bulky Nathan Myer stands in front of a company banner. (Bulky)

The world’s largest chemical shipper and one of the largest bulk carriers in North America are investing $1 million in what they say is the first digital freight-matching network for shipping liquid bulk commodities by truck.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 24, 2019
Business, Equipment

Allison Reports Increased Net Income, Revenue in First Quarter

Assembly worker at Allison Transmission plant A worker assembles part of an Allison Transmission. (Allison Transmission via YouTube)

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. reported higher first-quarter net profit and revenue amid strength in the North American On-Highway market.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 24, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

ATRI Calls for Operational Cost Data From Fleets

ATRI Getty Images

The American Transportation Research Institute is looking for for-hire motor carriers to participate in the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.

April 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trucking Firms Large and Small Urged to Think Electric

Greg Treinen Greg Treinen, a sales and marketing manager at Daimler Trucks North America, said more than 30 fleets are involved in the company’s advisory council on electric trucks. (Jim Stinson/Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Regional trucking firms should take a good long look at electric trucks, experts in the industry said.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Kenworth, Toyota Join Forces to Reduce Emissions at California Ports

Kenworth, Toyota One of the Class 8 trucks that will run using hydrogen fuel cells on display at the event. (Truck PR/Flickr)

LOS ANGELES — Kenworth Trucks joined forces with several allies April 22 in the battle against greenhouse gases, unveiling three of 10 Class 8 trucks that will run using hydrogen fuel cells developed by Toyota.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 23, 2019
Business, Equipment

Brown Gibbons Lang Acquires Lumitec

Brown Gibbons Lang and Co. acquired Lumitec by Truck-Lite Co., according to an April 17 news release.

April 22, 2019
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Transtex Buys TopKit, LeadEdge From SmartTruck

Transtex trailer tail on exhibit A view of the Transtex trailer tail at TMC 2018. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Transtex, a manufacturer of aerodynamic products and fleet-safety technology for commercial vehicles, has acquired TopKit and LeadEdge Top Fairing assets from SmartTruck, a precision aerodynamics company based in Greenville, S.C.

April 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

TruStar Energy Reaches Construction Milestone

TruStar Energy A TruStar fueling station. (TruStar Energy Corp.)

TruStar Energy announced it completed construction of its 250th compressed natural gas fueling station, a UPS Inc. facility in Plainfield, Ind.

April 22, 2019

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