Brindley Appoint New Sales Manager
Andrew Eling Appointed as Sales Manager
Gary's 25 Years of Excellent Service!
Brindley Volvo’s Service Manager Gary Owen reflects on 25 years working for Brindley Garages Group.
Gary started his career in the motor industry at E.L Boutes in the 1980’s which was later acquired by Brindley. He had a couple of other jobs within the motor trade until 1994 when Gary applied for the Service Manager position at Brindley Group and was delighted to get the role. He still fondly remembers his first day well, an exciting time for the group where many people had started that same day to take on a new project.
Gary found it surreal working in the same building where E.L Bouts had once operated in Merridale, Wolverhampton. Brindley enjoyed many good years at the dealership until the group outgrew the site and transferred to Brindley Autopark with new franchises. In 2008 Gary moved to what was Brindley Stourbridge with Citroen and Mazda until relocating again to Brindley Volvo in Wolverhampton.
Gary is still full of enthusiasm for his job and the company after all these years. He said: “It has been a great career with Brindley Group and it’s family values. It was pleasing to visit another dealership in the group recently and catch up with staff I have previously worked with or employed. I’m looking forward to the next years with the premium Volvo brand and Brindley Garages Group.”
From everyone at Brindley thank you for your excellent service Gary and all the best for the years to come.
Pictured: Gary (far right) at E.L. Boutes in the 1980's.
BRINDLEY APPOINT NEW HEAD OF BUSINESS
David Gutteridge appointed as Head Of Business
We are proud to announce that David Gutteridge has been appointed as our new Volvo Head of Business.
David has worked for the Brindley Group for many years and has a wealth of management experience due to this. He has a wealth of knowledge throughout the motor trade and will be on hand to offer that knowledge to you. We'd like to wish him every success with his new position.
Trucks-to-trains swap significantly cuts emissions in Volvo Cars’ logistics network
Volvo Cars is significantly cutting CO2 emissions in its logistics operations by switching transports between its manufacturing plants and new car depots from trucks to trains.
Especially in Europe, where trucks are still ubiquitous in transporting new cars to distribution depots and retailers in individual markets, the company is in the process of reducing emissions by replacing more and more transports by trucks with rail transport.
For example, by implementing rail transport, Volvo Cars reduced CO2 emissions by almost 75% on the route between its Ghent, Belgium-based manufacturing plant and a purpose-built depot in northern Italy. On another route, from Ghent to a second depot in Austria, emissions were cut by almost half since switching to rail transports.
Both initiatives form part of the climate action plan that Volvo Cars revealed this year. Under the plan, the company aims to reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint per car by 40 per cent between 2018 and 2025, which will require a 25% reduction in operational emissions, including logistics. The 2025 plan is one tangible step towards Volvo Cars’ ambition of becoming a climate-neutral company by 2040.
“When we said we planned to significantly reduce emissions across all our operations, we meant it,” said Javier Varela, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Logistics at Volvo Cars. “Our logistics network is just one piece of that puzzle, but an important one nevertheless. This is one example of our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment through meaningful, concrete steps.”
Volvo Cars is also looking to use rail transport at a wider scale in China and the United States. Already now, cars are transported from its China-based manufacturing plants to the Ghent port in Belgium by train two times a week. Other train connections deliver new Volvo cars to regional depots within China and in Russia.
In the US, the company’s Charleston, South Carolina-based manufacturing plant has tapped into a well-established rail cargo network taking new cars to depots in cities across North America. Already now, these trains replace the equivalent of dozens of trucks per week, a number likely to increase once the next-generation XC90 goes into production.
Volvo Cars’ climate action plan represents one of the most ambitious plans in the automotive industry. It contains concrete actions in line with the global Paris climate agreement of 2015, which seeks to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Volvo Cars’ 2040 ambitions go beyond addressing tailpipe emissions through all-out electrification, as it realises that electrification is not enough to reduce its impact on the environment. Therefore, it also looks at tackling carbon emissions across the board: in its manufacturing network, its wider operations, its supply chain and through recycling and reuse of materials.
The company’s electrification ambitions are reflected in the recently launched, brand-new Recharge car line. Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvo cars with a fully electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Recharge car line aims to further boost sales of Volvo Cars’ electrified cars and encourage plug-in hybrid drivers via incentives to use Pure mode as much as possible.