Manline keeps on trucking

2011-04-22 00:00

LOGISTICS group Manline has procured 51 TGS WW trucks from MAN Trucks.

The Pietermaritzburg-based group, which was established by Neil Henderson in 1998, provides a variety of solutions, namely transport, warehousing, distribution and supply chain services, throughout Southern Africa.

Manline has 15 depots in the region and employs more than 300 truck drivers in Mkondeni alone.

The deal represents a 14,5% increase in Manline’s fleet, which now consists of more than 400 vehicles.

Henderson, Manline’s managing director, told The Witness that they have stuck to their 48-month fleet replacement cycle even during the recession as this business decision ensures that maintenance costs and the total cost of ownership remain reasonable.

Markus Geyer, CEO of MAN sales region Middle East and Africa, praised the professionalism of the Manline operation, noting that the company compares favourably with other transport and logistics firms across the developed world.

Henderson said driver recruitment, training and retention are the biggest challenges facing the transport and logistics industry at present.

Responding to these challenges, the group has committed itself to 50 learnership opportunities in a nine-month programme. Forty drivers have successfully completed the programme in the past two years.

“To date we have managed to place 100% of the [learnership] drivers in our fleet,” Henderson said.

He said he has remained loyal to the MAN brand. About 65% of Manline’s fleet consists of MAN Trucks.

“The TGS WW Truck is our drivers’ truck of choice. It offers power, safety, ergonomics and comfort,” said Henderson.

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