CFR Rinkens has warned that unless automotive handlers move away from temporary wooden racking solutions they could be left behind.

Since the US based automotive logistics specialist first switched from wooden racking to fully certified, steel engineered and sustainable R-Raks to move cars in containers, its business has effectively doubled and plans are underway to expand its export operations on the East Coast.

Thanks to the versatile, reusable racking system from Trans-Rak, the company has been able to increase loading of vehicles into containers by 33%. The R-Raks have also substantially reduced loading times,  virtually eliminated damage and have driven down overall freight costs, says Christoph Seitz, Managing Member at CFR Rinkens.

As a result, CFR has secured a number of prestigious contracts; the company formed a Joint Venture with global logistics provider APL Logistics in May this year to transport used cars in containers (primarily in 53ft rail containers), in the US, Canada and Mexico and expects to move a total of over 40,000 cars domestically by the end of 2016.

It has also renewed a contract with Tesla Motors, confirming CFR as the manufacturer’s premier shipper of thousands of its export models until the end of 2017. Other customers include The Pasha Group, for whom the company has shipped 1200 brand new cars for Chrysler and Honda, via containers from California to Hawaii.

Paul Donaldson, MD Trans-Rak International says:  “Moving away from wooden racks clearly served as a powerful boost to CFR Rinkens’ business, enabling them to optimise loads, protect valuable classic cars as well as luxury marques and deliver them in perfect condition to discerning customers within the US and on a global basis.

“By comparison with R-Raks, wooden racks are expensive in the long run and have a much greater negative impact on the environment. They can only be used once and must then be dismantled and disposed of. In contrast, our steel racking can be reused multiple times over a number of years and has less impact on the environment, even taking into consideration manufacturing processes. This makes R-Raks the most sustainable and cost-effective solution for transporting cars in containers.”

Images courtesy of CFR Rinkens

Colour and texture remain key trends as we approach 2016 and the new Harrow, part of the Town & Country collection from Mereway Kitchens is the perfect choice for a modern living kitchen.

These gorgeous doors offer a distinctive vertical wood grain that combines the natural warmth of wood with a contemporary twist.   Here, the Grey Bardolino is complemented by an island in Cashmere, an irresistible colour combination for a modern kitchen.  Within the island feature are stylish illuminated base cabinets, with warm bronze glazing to showcase special pieces, and open shelving – square at one end and curved at the other, which reflects the current trend for creating a living room feel within the kitchen.

Glazed cabinets are also available with Smoke, Bronze or Clear glass.

As with the entire Town & Country range, while this kitchen has been designed to complement this modern, urban setting, Harrow can be combined with more traditional features, to create a kitchen that works equally well in a country home environment.

Prices and more information: Town and Country Collection from Mereway.  Prices start from around £10,000 for a complete kitchen.   Call 0800 028 4466 or visit to find a stockist or order a brochure.

Property and construction consultant Wakemans has been appointed on a new school development in the South West, the first project to go ahead on the Bath & West Showground.

The Showground  which offers 100 acres of development land is located just off the main A37 trunk road, close to Bristol and Bath and when fully developed  could contribute over £200m to the economy and provide over 1500 jobs.

The SEN (Special Educational Needs) school is being developed for the Fosse Way Trust by Red Kite Securities. Wakemans is acting as employer’s agent and quantity surveyor on this scheme which starts on site this month (October).

The single storey special free school will accommodate 120 pupils with an age range of 4 – 19 years with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Language and Social Communication Needs (LSCN). Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd is the main contractor and the works are due to complete the project in September 2016.

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