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Global vehicle shipping specialist AutoBox Logistics, part of the Cargo Marketing Group, relied on the inherent flexibility of the R-Rak vehicle racking system for a shipment of no fewer than six Caterham cars to Japan streamlining the process and saving on freight costs.

Thanks to the design of the highly adaptable, removable R-Raks, AutoBox Logistics was able to fit all six cars into one standard 40ft HC container, a feat unmatched by any other vehicle racking system on the market.

David Horwell of AutoBox said: “You can’t beat R-Raks for protecting the shipment of race cars, classic cars and other high value vehicles so they arrive in perfect condition for their discerning owners.  Being able to fit the order into a single container not only simplified the logistics but helped keep the freight costs down for our customer.”

Following their 5,700 mile journey by sea to Japan, the six Caterham 7 race cars were safely delivered to the dealer in Japan with further shipments to follow.

A major Russian automotive logistics provider has cut transit times between Wuhan and Moscow by more than half, shipping cars in containers overland and utilising the flexible R-Rak system from Trans-Rak to optimise loading.

Sergey Kuvshinov of ATK confirms: “We have been using R-Rak vehicle racking technology to transport Dong Feng Motor cars from China to Russia.

“In 2015, we transported 4 container trains stacked with 800 vehicles from Wuhan to Moscow.  Containerisation gives us the option of utilising overland rail routes and takes only 23 days, dramatically reducing the transit time via sea passage through St. Petersburg by more than half.  Another key advantage of course was there has been zero damage to the vehicles!”

Paul Donaldson, Trans-Rak’s MD comments: “Vehicle racking is making all the difference to logistics firms looking to maximise their services in emerging markets.  More and more logistics providers are recognising the advantage of significantly shorter shipping times on the Sino-Russian route, as well as benefiting from reduced freight costs with zero damages.

“ATK is just one example of how R-Raks can present more efficient ways of transporting cars across such massive continents. We have also seen a rise in orders from China, where shippers like SWIFT Transport are placing orders for additional R-Rak systems to cope with increased demand for this service.”

Following the successful establishment of the multimodal route from Russia to China in 2015, ATK will carry on utilising it through 2016.

Leading kitchen, bathroom and bedroom manufacturer the Mereway Group has launched a major charity initiative to mark 30 successful years in business.

Staff at the Tyseley based office and factory are aiming to raise at least £30,000 from a series of charity events throughout the year. The company is supporting four main charities that will receive the bulk of the funds raised, with another list of local charities selected by staff all to receive a donation.

The four charities that will benefit are Acorns, The Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, Help for Heroes and Helping Harry Help Others. A full schedule of events and activities are available to staff from dress down days to abseiling and sky diving.

“This is a celebration for everyone in the company so we wanted to give staff as wide a range of opportunities as possible,” says sales and marketing director Graham Jones.  “We have runs from just 5k to the Great Birmingham half marathon, a number of Tough Mudders, golf and cycling, available in locations from Dumfries to Essex.

“We are hoping that many of our partners and retailers will also get involved with events in their region and help us reach our target.”

The events start in March with a 150ft abseil at One Snow Hill with Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and finish with a Santa run with Acorns in December.

Mereway was founded in 1986 by Len Norris and his two sons, Bob and Richard, producing kitchen carcasses for independent retailers in a small 2000 sq. ft. warehouse in Birmingham. Today the £25m plus turnover company is recognised for its continual innovation and quality of design and service. They currently employ over 260 people in four production sites.

Details of the planned activities can be found on the Just Giving page, where donations can also be made: www.justgiving.com/teams/mereway

Picture: Caption: Sarah Walmsley, Corporate Partnerships Assistant, Acorns with Kevin Galer from Mereway accounts department, who is dressed as Alex the Acorn mascot.


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