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Do you check your tyre tread?

Tyres are an essential part to be able to drive in optimum safety conditions. They are very important for the safety of road users and the protection of transported goods.   If you do not pass the necessary inspections, this may result in problems such as loss of control, increased breaking time and lack of response.

The tread is the external rubber stripe of the tyre and it is meant to be in contact with the ground. Not only does it help drain water in case of rain and contribute to improving the grip, but it is also an element of protection against the thousands of objects that may be found in the road. Tread loosening is one of the most common problems that tyres in bad condition face, due to excessive speed, load overweight and rubber pressure.

Correct tyre maintenance will have an impact on your safety and efficiency when driving, and if you follow these preventive measures you will also be able to prevent tyres from loosening and this will enable you:

  • To brake properly.
  • To maintain steering alignment.
  • To check tyre pressure.
  • To ensure the correct condition of axles.
  • To regularly control the tread pattern wear.
  • Not to overload the vehicle exceeding the specific weight set at the factory.
  • To choose a tyre model that is suited to the truck’s characteristics.
  • To check the angles of the wheels.
  • To keep the rims clean.

 

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Key actions to enhance sustainability in road transport

In Spain, road freight transport is the option chosen by many companies to carry out business. This transport sector generates high job and income potential, mainly owing to savings both in time and costs, and has recently achieved three essential aims: integration of new technologies, flexibility in delivery and commitment to environmental sustainability.

The importance of sustainability in the logistic sector is precisely one of the new and large challenges we face to achieve a less polluting sector. We now recommend some key actions that can be implemented by transport companies to reduce pollution in the sector:

  • Replacing old trucks with newer ones. Awareness about environmental issues is starting to be raised among vehicle manufacturers and there are new innovations every day. The use of lighter materials such as thermoplastic or aluminium and rice husk to manufacture tyres leads to savings in fuel and more sustainable traffic.
  • A more efficient and technological means of transport. It optimises control over your fleet in an appropriate way, grouping goods to obtain the maximum benefit of each freight service and contributing to making the journey more sustainable.
  • Obtaining environmentally-friendly machinery and equipment. Companies in the sector keep working on R&D to improve truck aerodynamics. Their aim is to reduce emissions, consume less energy and trap gaseous pollutants.
  • Recycling. The lifetime of a truck is about 10 years, but most parts are distributed in containers depending on their nature: iron, aluminium, bronze, copper, plastic and fuel. This sustainable process will turn the parts of a used truck into a new one. In addition, they are useful since they can turn into asphalt, house insulation material, children’s parks, shoes or industrial fuel for large machinery.

These measures will allow to reduce pollution levels and the ecological footprint of road freight transport, and will contribute to the overall well-being of the planet.

 

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You decide, Andamur’s solidarity campaign distributes EUR 30,000 among different NGOs

Through the solidarity campaign You decide, carried out in December, we have managed to donate EUR 30,000 to different Spanish NGOs. This action is part of our CSR Plan #WeLookAfterWhatMatters, within our Social Commitment pillar, where our customers have been the main actors.

Using tablets placed in all our stations to this end, our customers have voted for the local, regional or national NGOs where they wished that the money would be donated to. Our customers selected a total of six NGOs to which Andamur would hand over cheques amounting to EUR 5,000. That is to say, a cheque on behalf of each of our Service Areas. (La Junquera, San Román, Pamplona, Guarromán, Lorca and El Límite). A total amount of EUR 30,000 to be used in solidarity projects.

Thus, last week we handed over those cheques to the following organisations:

– Association for People with Disabilities Virgen del Río (Andamur El Límite)

– ANA. Association of Autism of Navarra. Summer School (Andamur Pamplona)

– Fundació Oncolliga Girona. (Andamur La Junquera)

– APANDIS. Association of Parents with Children with Intellectual Disabilities in Lorca. (Andamur Lorca)

– APAEM. Provincial Association of People with Mental Illnesses and their Loved Ones. (Andamur Guarromán)

– Fundación Aladina. Comprehensive support for children and adolescents suffering from cancer and their families. (Andamur San Román)

All of them, together with the rest of NGOs that were eligible for the donation, carry out solidarity projects of special interest to different groups in society.

We grow thanks to our customers and that is why we wished to get them involved in this action. This way, at Andamur, we wanted to show our gratitude and commitment to all users.

Andamur obtains the ISO 9001 quality certificate for all its stations

As of today, all Andamur stations have the ISO 9001 quality certificate awarded by the Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification (AENOR). The aim of this certificate is to have the quality of our products and services guaranteed by an external and official entity. This way, Andamur proves that it integrates all its processes within the requirements contained in this standard, and that it focuses on continual improvement.

In addition, this certificate confirms that there is a balance in the conditions leading to mutual satisfaction, cooperation and growth with all our stakeholders. In brief, it validates the Quality Management System of our company and our service areas.

Obtaining this certificate means taking a step further towards the development of the Integrated Management System, IMS, that we are working on to be awarded two new certificates in 2020: ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety).

Achieving this certificate is part of our aim to stay at the forefront in terms of Quality standards. This was one of the commitments we acquired a year ago when we became active members of the Spanish Association for Quality and fits within the creation of a Total Quality Management System Plan that we are already working on.

 

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You decide, Andamur’s solidarity campaign starts today

The solidarity campaign You decide, with which we will donate EUR 30,000 to Spanish NGOs starts today, and we want our customers to be the main actors in this action. With this aim, users of our Service Areas will find tablets placed in all our stations from today until 15 December where they may choose the national, regional or local NGO they prefer.

We grow thanks to our customers and that is why we wish to get them involved in this action. This way, at Andamur, we wish to show our gratitude and commitment to all users.

The voting period will be closed on 15 December at 00:00. In the following days, Andamur will hand over cheques amounting to EUR 5,000 to the six NGOs that have obtained more votes, that is, one cheque for each of our Service Areas (La Junquera, San Román, Pamplona, Guarromán, Lorca and El Límite). A total amount of EUR 30,000 to be used in solidarity projects.

These are the NGOs or non-profit entities our customers may vote for:

ANDAMUR LA JUNQUERA

National level: Save The Children. Fighting against child poverty

Regional level: Fundació Habitat 3. Right to a home for people living in a vulnerable situation.

Local level: Fundació Oncolliga Girona. Improving the life of cancer patients and their families.

ANDAMUR SAN ROMÁN

National level: Fundación Aladina. Comprehensive support for children and adolescents suffering from cancer and their families.

Regional level: Cáritas Diocesana de Vitoria (Álava)

Local level: Fundación Adsis. Labour integration project for youngsters in vulnerable situations.

ANDAMUR PAMPLONA

National level: UNHCR Spain. Humanitarian aid.

Regional level: ANFAS. Association in Favour of People with Intellectual or Development Disabilities and their Families in Navarra.

Local level: ANA. Association of Autism of Navarra. Summer School.

ANDAMUR GUARROMÁN

National level: SOS Children’s Villages. A Loving Home for Every Child.

Regional level: Pídeme la Luna Jaén. Association for entertainment activities for children with cancer.

Local level: APAEM Provincial Association of People with Mental Illnesses and their Loved Ones FEAFES APAEM. LINARES DELEGATION.

ANDAMUR LORCA.

National level: Red Cross Spain. Educational Toy Project.

Regional level: Cáritas Region of Murcia. Cáritas Diocese of Cartagena. Comprehensive development of People and Villages.

Local level: APANDIS. Association of Parents with Children with Intellectual Disabilities in the Lorca Area. Setting up a Multisensory Room.

ANDAMUR EL LIMITE

National level: Fundación Altius. Programme: I Cook Employment

Regional level: Almería Acoge. Reception Centres for Seasonal Workers in Nijar.

Local level: Association for People with Disabilities Virgen del Río of Huércal-Overa.

The campaign You decide is part of our CSR Plan #WeLookAfterWhatMatters, within our Social Commitment pillar. For this reason, the participation of our customers is very valuable to us in itself, and with it, we aim to make their voices heard and indeed listened to help us build a more responsible society.

 

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Andamur launches the campaign You decide within its CSR plan #WeLookAfterWhatMatters

Andamur pone en marcha la campaña Tú decides dentro de su plan de RSC #CuidamosLoQueImporta

From 2 to 15 December we are setting in motion the Campaign You decide, where our customers will decide what NGOs will receive a total donation of EUR 30,000.

Next 2-15 December we will launch the Campaign You Decide with which we wish to donate EUR 30,000 to different Spanish NGOs. To this end, we want our customers to be the main actors in this initiative, being in charge of choosing what NGOs operating at national, regional or local level will receive Andamur’s donation. And they will do so using tablets placed to this end in all our Service Areas.

Our customers make us grow on a daily basis, and that is why we make them take part in this action, showing this way how important they are to Andamur.

On 15 December the voting period will be closed and the outcome will be published on 20 December. Then, Andamur will hand over cheques amounting to EUR 5,000 to the six NGOs that obtained more votes. In total, we will donate a total amount of EUR 30,000 to be used in solidarity projects.

This action is part of our CSR Plan #WeLookAfterWhatMatters, within our Social Commitment pillar. This Corporate Social Responsibility Plan is made up of five pillars of importance to us: Caring for drivers; Ethics, Transparency and Communication; Environment, and People and Social Commitment.

Within this plan, the participation of our customers is very valuable to us, since they stand by our side day after day and they reinforce the value we bring to society. That is why, in campaigns like You decide, we wish to know your opinion and to have your support.

 

 

 

 

Tips to prevent thefts from your truck

Consejos para prevenir robos en el camión

Nowadays, the theft of goods on the road is very common in the transport sector. However, GPS technology has evolved a lot and has teamed up with truck drivers more than with thieves. But these systems have not put an end to thefts; this crime is always present in the road transport world.

In order to help reduce the risks your truck face and enhance your security, we have prepared a series of essential measures for truck drivers to implement on a daily basis to prevent the theft of goods, fuel and of the vehicle itself.

  • Choose a secure place for your stops: There is no doubt that the best option is for you to stop at a service area with a secure car park with 24 hour surveillance, with restricted access for pedestrians and that can only be accessed by those that have parked their vehicle there. Something else to be borne in mind is that the vehicle should be recognised on the way in and out with a license plate reader. And, to prevent the coupling and uncoupling of semi-trailers, vehicles should enter and leave with their complete units.
  • Security systems: You can set security systems, such as an alarm in the loading area or in the fuel tank. You are also recommended to park in such a way that it is difficult to access your truck. For instance, parking next to a wall so that it is difficult to open the cargo box.
  • Be especially alert when loading and unloading. Minor thefts take place when loading and unloading, since the goods may be unattended. For this reason, you must follow the instructions and make sure there is no problem and that the goods reach the corresponding destination.
  • Call the police if necessary. Sometimes, when drivers hear strange noises in the cargo box, they decide to go and have a look instead of contacting the relevant authorities. It is advisable to call the police, since some organised gangs may be resort to violence.

Self-driving trucks will facilitate processes but will not get rid of drivers, who will still be necessary

La Conducción autónoma de camiones facilitará procesos pero no prescindirá del chófer

In recent years, technology has become a very important part of our lives, as well as within the logistics industry. In the case of transport, a self-driving truck is possible, but in specific places and under the supervision of a driver.

There are some functions where technology cannot replace the driver. However, self-driving trucks can reduce times in longer routes where drivers need to get some rest, saving time and achieving more profitability for transport companies. In international trips, self-driving trucks will have a bigger impact, reducing times and costs. But there are two essential functions on route that, for the time being, will still have to be performed by the driver:

Moving to the loading and unloading point in motorways and industrial parks. Self-driving trucks may circulate in motorways without any problem, but driving in industrial parks could be a problem, since there is poor signalling and difficult access. There, the help of a driver is needed to manoeuvre the truck owing to its dimensions.

Other cases are logistic platforms that you have to access at a specific time and where, in the meantime, the truck needs to wait in an appropriate place. This will depend on the driver’s experience.

Loading and unloading goods. Although loading and unloading of goods shall be carried out by machines, sometimes it is the driver him/herself who will be responsible for this.

When it comes to checking the goods, signing the relevant documents, in the event the road is closed for different reasons, bad weather, traffic or the condition of the vehicle, human action is irreplaceable.

Spanish road freight transport increases by 21% in Europe

El transporte español de mercancías por carretera aumenta en Europa un 21%.

Good news for the road freight transport sector in Spain. Results accounting for the second quarter of this year have been positive not only for Spain but for transport in the south of Europe as a whole. Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece have increased their freight transport by 21% compared with the same months of the previous year.   Yet this evolution differs from the results obtained in other exporting countries, such as Germany, France and Benelux countries, that have reduced their load by 20%, according to the specialised company TIMOCOM. This setback is mainly caused by transport of investment and industrial goods.

Particularly in the case of Germany, the 38% increase in tolls as from the beginning of the year has affected the transport market supply and demand. Compared with 2018, the country has experienced a 12% decline in supply.

However, in the case of Spain, the fruit and vegetables season is at its peak, according to TIMOCON analysts. Not only is Spanish transport at the core of the rest of productive sectors, but without it the movement of goods and services, combined with trade, industry or tourism would grind to a halt bearing important economic consequences.

TIMOCON, company specialised in data processing and IT solutions for smart logistics, carried out quarterly analyses of the supply and demand evolution of the freight and vehicle exchange by road in Europe by means of its transport barometer. According to experts, the data of this last analysis have been affected by Brexit that has had an impact compared to the previous quarter. Transport from Europe to the UK fell by 56% compared to the previous quarter.

The most advanced tyres in the market to save in the fuel consumption of your fleet

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Salaries, fuel and tyres are certainly the most important costs any transport company faces. Tyres alone are responsible for almost 30% of consumption. In recent years, research work has been carried out to turn tyres into saving elements, not only regarding costs but also CO2 emissions, always in compliance with legal requirements.

We will now go through the most advanced tyres in the market to save in the fuel consumption of your fleet:

  • Duravis R002. Bridgestone has launched new tyres for fleets. Designed to reduce the cost per kilometre thanks to their wear resistance and fuel optimisation. In addition to improving their grip on wet roads, they increase their lifetime by 45% and reduce fuel consumption by 15%.
  • Michelin X Multi Energy. Michelin has a type of tyre conceived to save fuel and extend lifetime. This type of tyre is marked by three innovative features: Infinicoil, which strengthens the tyre carcass and enhances stability throughout the tyre’s lifetime; Regenion, tread pattern designed to ensure good grip; and Powercoil, limiting bending heating and rolling resistance by means of more resistant steel wires.
  • KMAS GEN-2 and FUELMAX GEN-2. Goodyear has two new ranges of tyres for trucks: KMAS GEN-2 offers first-class mileage and enhanced traction, improving its performance by 25% in all weather conditions. In addition, it increases resistance to damage by 15% and fuel efficiency by 5%. FUELMAX GEN-2 also offers high fuel efficiency and provides a 10% mileage increase.
  • SP346 and SP446. Dunlop is launching two lines that have been specifically designed to offer high mileage, strong traction and durability in all applications. The new technology used involves a solid carcass, deep sipes for enhanced performance in winter and noise reduction.