Friday, April 23, 2010

Volvo Name Top Truck Dealers And Publish Some Fascinating Logistics Facts

International Group Activities Affects Billions of Peoples Lives
Shipping News Feature

US – WORLDWIDE – In a week when Volvo Trucks named its US and Canadian dealers of 2009 using selection criteria including outstanding performance in new truck and parts sales, a customer satisfaction index and the competitors investment in facilities, the multinational also gave us some revealing statistics.

Firstly the awards; Truck Enterprises of Harrisonburg, Virginia was named the U.S. Dealer of the Year for 2009 and Mackay’s Volvo Truck Centre of Truro, Nova Scotia won the equivalent Canadian accolade. Volvo Trucks North America is a subsidiary of the Volvo Group and as such is part of one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services.

Volvo trucks are used to transport freight around the world but a recent press release shows just how diverse the company’s projects are and demonstrate how a modern corporation can impinge on the lives of people all over the planet.

  i) One in every seven meals eaten in Europe has been transported at some time by a truck from the Volvo Group.

 ii) If all the Volvo buses in the world started at the same time, they would be able to transport more than 10 million people.

iii) Every day, 300,000 construction machines from the Volvo Group work on constructing roads and buildings and on helping to run mines, forestry operations and farms.

 iv) Throughout the world there are more than 200,000 industrial engines from Volvo Penta, helping among other things to ensure power supply for hospitals, airports and irrigation systems.

 v) Every year, 2 billion people fly all over the planet. In 2009, Volvo Aero supplied components to more than 90 percent of all the world’s large civilian aircraft engines.

 vi) With the 2 million tonnes of refuse that Mack Trucks refuse vehicles transport every week in the USA, it would be possible to build a column of filled refuse bins reaching all the way to the moon.

 vii) 80 percent of all the snow that falls on Japan’s roads is ploughed away using vehicles from UD Trucks

Such facts of course are not exclusive to Volvo, but at a time when all in the shipping industry are concerned with volumes of traffic which have taken such a hit in the past year or so they act as a timely reminder as to just how one company, properly directed, can integrate itself into business life at so many levels.