The Andamur Spain service station network continues to grow each year

At Andamur we’re committed to meeting the needs of all our customers, which is why we’re continuing to grow and expanding our service station network.

Our station network in Spain grew by an average of 12 stations per year in 2019 and 2020. With this growth, we now have a total of 48 stations in Spain – six of them our own – and over 650 throughout Europe.

In 2020 we launched 12 new stations across Spain: Cerecedo (Benavente, Zamora); San Asensio (San Asensio, La Rioja); Miranda de Ebro (Miranda de Ebro, Burgos); Estépar (Estépar, Burgos); Tébar (Tébar, Cuenca); Bernal (Aldehuela de la Bóveda, Salamanca); Fombellida (Fombellida, Cantabria); Heras (Heras, Cantabria); Unquera (Pesués, Cantabria); El Oliveral (Ribarroja del Turia, Valencia); Aranda (Aranda de Duero, Burgos) and Constantí (Constantí, Tarragona).

With these new additions, we have expanded our reach with the aim of meeting our customers’ needs and covering more locations accessible to them.

The stations all offer a wide range of services tailored to the needs of carriers such as cafés, restaurants, shops, toilets, showers, WiFi, truck washes and 24h service.

Our commitment to multi-energy and the environment grows each day, which is why one of our new stations in 2020 is now part of our multi-energy station network: El Oliveral, operated by ALZ and located on the Ribarroja del Turia industrial estate (Valencia), has one LNG dispenser and two CNG dispensers.

With it, Andamur now has four multi-energy stations, two of them our own service areas:

  • Andamur Guarromán: in Guarromán, Jaén. The first gas fuelling station in the Andamur network, it has an LNG dispenser for HGVs and a double CNG dispenser for trucks, cars and vans.
  • Andamur La Junquera: in La Junquera, Gerona. Located at one of the main border-crossing points for international road transport. It has two LNG dispensers for lorries and buses.

And two partner stations:

  • El Oliveral: located on the Ribarroja del Turia industrial estate (Valencia), it offers a wide range of services such as a truck wash, café, shop and showers. It has one LNG dispenser and two CNG dispensers.
  • Marck Pas de Calais: located in a strategic position next to the Channel Tunnel that connects France to Great Britain. It has one LNG dispenser and one double CNG dispenser.

In addition, so far in 2021, we have already added six new partner stations to our service station network in Spain: Servei Carrer 3 (Barcelona); Valverde del Camino (Valverde del Camino, Huelva); Zalamea La Real (Zalamea La Real, Huelva); Los Pinos de Valverde (Valverde del Camino, Huelva); Cadrete (Cadrete, Zaragoza) and Beneixida (Beneixida, Valencia).

With this expansion of the Andamur Spain service station network and our investment in multi-energy, we reaffirm our commitment to offering drivers everything they need. At Andamur our goal is to be present in as many locations as possible to offer the best services to our customers.

Andamur launches ‘Bread Month’, in which we cover the cost of all the bread at the Jesús Abandonado Foundation’s soup kitchens

At Andamur, we’re committed to society and helping to build a better world for everyone.

Which is why, for the fourth year running, Andamur is supporting the Jesús Abandonado Foundation for Bread Month.

Our contribution is to cover the cost of the bread served in the foundation’s soup kitchens for the whole month. We take care of the bill for the bread for the Jesús Abandonado soup kitchens during the month of April, coinciding with the anniversary of the opening of El Límite on 14 April.

 

This year our donation will include all the proceeds from the sale of bread in our service areas.

We’ll also go a step further this year and all the proceeds from the sale of bread in our service areas during the month of April will be donated to the Jesús Abandonado Foundation. With this small gesture we want to strengthen our commitment to society and to this foundation and involve our customers in this social initiative.

In previous years, Andamur employees and managers volunteered for a day at the foundation’s soup kitchens. This year, due to the pandemic and to follow safety measures, the volunteering will take place as soon as possible when the situation allows it. Our employees will have the opportunity to volunteer for a day in the Jesús Abandonado Foundation’s soup kitchens to experience the great work that it does every day first-hand and learn about the reality of the users of the service.

With this kind initiative, Andamur shows its commitment to organisations like the Jesús Abandonado Foundation, which take up social causes and fight for public welfare.

This initiative is part of our #TakingCareOfWhatMatters CSR plan, under its Social Commitment focus, with which we engage with the spheres and groups in society most in need. In doing so we work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals ‘No Poverty’ and ‘Zero Hunger’.

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ANDAMUR, committed to sustainability

At Andamur we’re strengthening our commitment to the environment by expanding our network of multi-energy service stations in response to growing demand in the transport industry.

We’re committed to natural gas as a clean, safe and environmentally friendly fuel, since it reduces oxides of nitrogen and solid particle emissions. It also helps mitigate the greenhouse effect by eliminating sulphur emissions and reducing carbon monoxide (CO) and CO2 emissions by up to 25%.

From today, two of our partner stations located at strategic points for international transportation are supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) with the aim of providing a comprehensive service to carriers:

  • El Oliveral, operated by ALZ and located on the Ribarroja del Turia industrial estate (Valencia), offers a multitude of services such as a truck wash, café, shop and showers.
  • Marck Pas de Calais, operated by fuel card issuer C4T, is a very secure and comprehensive station in terms of services, located at a strategic point next to the Channel Tunnel connecting France and Great Britain.

At Andamur we’re creating a gas network for heavy international freight, aiming to meet all our customers’ needs on their long days at the wheel.

Bosqueo2, more than 6,000 trees planted: Interview with Pedro Quiñonero, president of the association.

At Andamur we’re committed to the environment and, as it happens, in 2020 we became the first company in the industry to receive its Carbon Footprint Certificate.

Today is International Day of Forests and we want to take the opportunity to highlight the great work done by Bosqueo2, an association we’ve been working with for the last three years to keep the Andamur Forest growing.

One of the focal points of Andamur’s CSR Plan is the environment, and with each of the initiatives we undertake as part of this plan, we work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, with our company’s forest we support SDG 13 Climate Action and SDG 15 Life on Land.

Today we interviewed Pedro Quiñonero Gómez, chairman of the Bosqueo2 Association

Why was Bosqueo2 set up? What are its main objectives?

Bosqueo2 was set up in late 2014 in a very modest way but with an enterprising spirit. In the Region of Murcia, there were very few organisations engaged in participatory reforestation.

Sharing a keen interest in the environment, some friends and I decided to create the association with the clear intention of doing something different to what was known until then. That was how we shaped the activities that we do today.

Activities that go beyond just planting a tree. We decided to make the planting more attractive by always adapting to the needs of the participants. The objectives were very clear from the start:

  • Carry out environmental restoration with a high success rate.
  • Raise awareness – through dissemination of our activities, among participants and the rest of society – of the importance of expanding forests in a territory at risk of desertification.
  • Make a good impression on the participants in the reforestation, whether by sponsoring specimens and creating personalised digital records or activities related to the day.
  • To make it easy for companies to sponsor forests, whether with the participation of their employees or direct sponsorship, always stressing the CO2 emissions that are offset by the initiative, and the fight against climate change.

How many specimens has Bosqueo2 planted so far?

Adding together the trees planted by educational centres and companies, over 6,000 specimens, all with guards to protect them from wildlife, a personalised digital record and watering for the first two years. They’re planted across 15 hectares of land where Bosqueo2 carries out its activities. On top of this, thousands of seeds have been sown in other projects undertaken by the association.

What are the main characteristics of these species?

The species we use adhere to a plan drawn up by foresters and implemented by Bosqueo2. These species – wild olives, mastics, blackthorns, buckthorns – are autochthonous varieties highly resistant to the droughts that are so common in the south-east, capable of sprouting new shoots in the event of fires. We always avoid monoculture, since biodiversity is greatly improved, and plagues have little effect on this kind of homogeneous forest.

What does it mean for Bosqueo2 to have companies, organisations and educational centres involved in its cause?

It’s very satisfying – when we started, we went from door to door explaining the project. We didn’t know whether it would generate interest among companies and educational centres. Fortunately, with a lot of effort and perseverance, we attracted interest, and everything got off the ground. The trust that companies and educational centres have placed in us these last few years is our raison d’être. It’s thanks to them that we’re able to do our planting, so we want them to come away feeling satisfied.

 

So far, how many organisations have worked with you?

Countless state and private educational centres in municipalities such as Lorca, Águilas, Murcia, Cartagena, Totana and Puerto Lumbreras.

As far as companies are concerned, each year we’ve had the support of various businesses, which have planted trees either in person or by providing sponsorship remotely on behalf of their employees or clients, who they offer a specimen alongside a very comprehensive digital record. We’ve worked with organisations in the telecommunications, commercial, industrial, transport, and energy and food distribution sectors, as well as foundations representing holding companies.

We adapt our planting to all kinds of needs. Flexibility is essential for carrying out these initiatives.

What is the most rewarding aspect of this project for you and the association’s other members/volunteers?

Although the work is sometimes hard, like when we’re watering in the middle of July or preparing the holes before the activities, it’s all worth it when, for instance, we remove the guards from the specimens a few years later because they’ve grown and need more space, or when we see participants in the activity visiting their specimens later to water them and take photographs alongside them. And, probably the most important aspect of the work is seeing the satisfaction in the faces of the participants once the activity is over and everything has gone as planned.

Special tax recovery and the Macron Law: Everything you need to keep in mind on your European routes

European routes involve a number of processes and certificates that can become complex without the help of professionals, but they’re essential so that your fleet completes its journeys ensuring everyone’s well-being and safety.

At Andamur, we have made a commitment to haulage companies. Which is why we help them carry out these processes without the bureaucracy or the involvement of lawyers. In addition, all our services are guaranteed by Andamur, fees are minimal and the service is tailor-made by experts.

Alongside Gem86, we help transport companies to manage VAT and special tax recovery processes, as well as the certificate of posting required by the Macron Law.

VAT recovery

If you’re travelling in Europe, you can apply for a refund of the VAT paid on products and services relating to your activity during your journeys, such as fuel, tolls, hotels, taxis, ferries, repairs, trade fairs… The amount you’re refunded varies from country to country and the type of purchase made.

At Andamur we manage recovery of the VAT you pay, whether you’re a company or self-employed, on purchases made in European Union countries where you’re not based for tax purposes.

We also give you the option to choose the system that best suits your needs:

  • Conventional system. The most popular system among international transport companies because it’s a simple process with lower administrative costs and good results
  • Net billing system. Only for Portuguese clients. This is a system that enables you to pay your bills free of the Spanish VAT on each invoice. Within the invoice period agreed with the client, the fuel supplier will debit the net amount, taking care of the Spanish tax and the recovery process.

Special tax recovery

At Andamur we have experts in the field at European level to recover taxes on your travel around Europe. If you want to maximise the profitability of your business, we’ll help you with our fast and simple tax recovery service in several countries:

  • Professional Diesel recovery (Spain). A partial refund is granted on the diesel tax set by the Spanish State. Both freight and passenger vehicles are eligible for this refund. There is a fixed refund limit per vehicle and per year.
  • TICPE recovery (France). With the Inland Tax on Energy Product Consumption, a partial refund is granted on the tax on energy products set by the French state. The refund is applicable to freight and passenger vehicles and there is a refund limit set per vehicle and per six-month period.
  • Professional Diesel recovery (Belgium). In the case of Belgium, a partial refund is also granted on the tax on energy products set by the Belgian state, but it is only applicable to freight. The refund limit is fixed per vehicle and per year.

Certificate of posting

France’s Macron Law requires haulage companies based outside of France to formalise a number of documents. One of these is the certificate of posting, a mandatory document since 2016 that must include details of your employer, the company director and a representative in France, as well as travel, food and accommodation expenses on your route through France.

At Andamur we help companies process the certificate of posting that professional drivers need on their journeys through France in a simple way.

With all these services, we help companies in the haulage industry become more profitable. If you want to maximise tax and VAT recovery or need help obtaining a certificate of posting, Andamur can help.

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Andamur launches five new partner stations in Spain

With a total of 48 stations across Spain, the Andamur service station network continues to grow.

On this occasion, five new partner stations have joined the extensive and varied network. The chosen locations were Los Pinos de Valverde (Huelva), Valverde del Camino (Huelva), Zalamea la Real (Huelva), Beneixida (Valencia) and Cadrete (Zaragoza).

Operated by DeOil, Galp and Shell, these new stations will enable Andamur to continue to position itself as a rapidly expanding brand, ready to offer the best services to all carriers.

Andamur launches another ‘Strong, Capable, Truckers: WOMEN’ campaign to give visibility to women

For the last three years, every 8 March, Andamur has worked to highlight the role of female truck drivers under the motto ‘Strong, Capable, Truckers: WOMEN’.

For years, the professional transport industry was seen as a domain for men, in which there was no role for women. But according to European Commission figures in the Women in Transport-EU Platform for Change, 22% of transport professionals in Europe are women. This may seem like a small percentage, but more and more women are choosing to become professional drivers and fighting to overcome gender barriers.

As a company, Andamur is committed to an inclusive and diverse corporate culture. Currently, 64% of Andamur staff are women, involved at all levels of the organisation.

This commitment to equality and the visibility of women in the workplace is the starting point for our campaign, in which we share and promote our values with all our customers and with women truck drivers in particular every 8 March.

Andamur and International Women’s Day

At Andamur, each year we launch a Women’s Day campaign involving a number of initiatives at our service areas and on our social media. Last year we met three female truckers who shared their story with us: how they started out, why they like trucking and the difficulties or situations they’ve experienced as women. With this series of videos entitled Trucker Women, we were able to hear the stories of Cruz Fuentes, Vanessa Almagro and Luz Seller.

This year our campaign takes a 180-degree turn by choosing another perspective to give visibility to women: through the eyes of their male colleagues. This time it was male drivers who told us about their professional experience with the women, the courage and professionalism of female truckers, some anecdotes from their daily life and how they see the future of women in the transport profession.

To close the campaign, all the women truck drivers who visit an Andamur service area on 8 March will receive a waistcoat sporting the campaign slogan and the hashtag #SoyCamionera (#IAmAFemaleTrucker).

These initiatives for International Women’s Day are part of our CSR Plan Taking Care of What Matters, within the focus on driver care with which we aim to improve the day-to-day life of those who devote their lives to the road. And this week we focus on women.

With the International Women’s Day campaign and our commitment to an inclusive and diverse corporate culture, at Andamur we’re doing out bit to reach the UN’s SDG 5 Gender Equality.

Spanish Highways Association rates Spanish roads as “deficient”.

The Spanish Highways Association (AEC), which assesses the state of Spain’s road infrastructure every two years, has concluded that there is a deficit in the investment needed to maintain the roads. Investment has fallen 5.7% in two years. This deficit affects both state-maintained roads and those managed by Spain’s autonomous communities and provinces.

According to the AEC’s report, around 7.5 billion euros are needed to fix all the roads that have been affected by the fall in investment.

From 2009 to 2019, the network run by the Spanish Transport Ministry has seen its resources allocated for road maintenance and safety reduced by 76%.

It’s because of this that, of the 100,000 kilometres of road assessed by the AEC, 10,000 kilometres – or 1 in every 10 km – are exhibiting serious deterioration. The most common types of damage are edge cracking, deformation, wide fissures, rutting, disintegration and erratic cracking. This deterioration can be found on more than 50% of the road surface and they affect comfort, efficiency and safety on the road.

The study shows that as well as the damage to the roads that needs repairing, there are also 370,000 road traffic signs requiring renovation (over 70% with out-of-date reflective material) and markings that require repainting on 38,000 km of road.

However, it’s not all bad news. Barriers and bollards have been maintained or improved since the previous assessment.

The AEC has indicated that the roads received their worst score in 2020 years, with their condition rated as “deficient”.

To improve the state of the roads, the Spanish Highways Association proposes a funding model for road infrastructure based on three sources: public budgets, European funding and toll collection.

The Andamur forest grows year after year

At Andamur, in addition to our commitment to people, we take our responsibility towards our surroundings and the future of the environment seriously. We’re already taking a lot of action to reduce our environmental impact.

One of the issues that most concerns us is the creation of forests. Which is why we planted the Andamur Forest in 2019, in partnership with the Bosqueo2 association. The initiative involves planting a variety of tree species such as wild olive, Mediterranean buckthorn, black hawthorn and mastic in the Andamur Forest to see it grow each year.

In 2021, for the third year running, we remain committed to our forest. However, because of the pandemic, we haven’t been able to hold our usual team-building days and just a few colleagues were able to attend to represent the whole Andamur team.

Andamur’s fight to protect the planet and improve our surroundings is possible thanks to everything that the Andamur Forest brings to the environment:

  • It absorbs 5.6 tons of CO2 a year to offset emissions and improve our carbon footprint.
  • It combats the desertification of the land by planting tree and shrub species that protect and regenerate the soil.
  • It benefits the biodiversity of the environment thanks to the range of species planted.
  • It increases the presence of wildlife.
  • It improves the availability of food for wildlife.
  • It generates seeds that can spread naturally and expand the plant life to the surrounding area.
  • It improves the land’s resilience and ability to regenerate in the event of future episodes of drought, pests or fire thanks to the reforestation carried out with various native species. The Andamur Forest is ready to combat the climate change that threatens us.

This initiative is part of our CSR Plan #TakingCareOfWhatMatters, aimed at protecting the environment. The environment is everyone’s business, and the benefits that the Andamur Forest brings show us that every step we take contributes to its protection. At Andamur, we want to continue to do our bit to ensure the best possible future for our planet and to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and SDG 13 Cimate Action in particular.

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Andamur’s national network of service stations continues to grow

With 43 service stations across Spain, Andamur continues to position itself as a brand in full expansion, equipped to offer the best services on routes to Europe.

From tomorrow, Wednesday 10 February, Andamur has a new station in Barcelona’s Zona Franca. With this new station, Andamur now has two partner stations in this prime location between Barcelona’s port and airport.

The GM Fuel-branded service station, Servei Carrer 3, is located on road 29 of BZ 50-62 (Sector BZ) and offers a wide range of services for carrier, including Diesel A and AdBlue, 24h service (staffed from 5 am to 10 pm), restaurant, café, supermarket, laundry, showers, shop, toilets and self-service.

A safe bet to ensure that Andamur continues to be your ally on the road in 2021.