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05.07.2018Talson Proudly Celebrated Its 35th Anniversary

One of the leading box manufacturers and Europe’s market leader air cargo semi-trailer manufacturer Talson proudly celebrated its 35th year anniversary with an event held on 5th of July in its Venlo Office, in the Netherlands.

Talson was established by a university graduate of aviation technology, Mr. Ir. Kees Thunnissen in 1982. Mr. Thunnissen has successfully merged aircraft design with box trailers and gave birth to Talson trailer made of aluminum and self-supporting upperstructure delivering lower weight and internal heights.

One of the first developers of rollertracks for aircargo, inventor of Talfix® multi-functional load carrying system, Talson keeps delivering innovative, sustainable, reliable  trailers assuring the high quality and functionality that are standard for loyal Talson customers for 35 years.

Today, Talson addresses the needs of all box trailers segment with the range including air-cargo, FNA line for perishable goods, pharma and flowers, multi-functional boxes for general cargo, intermodal solutions as well as inner-city logistic boxes with advanced security options.

Talson celebrated this 35-year journey full of success with the participation of representatives from all major Talson customers from the Netherlands and Benelux, suppliers and Dutch key note speakers.

The celebration event started with the Welcome Speech by Mark Engelen, Region Manager, and continued with an interactive panel discussion with the participation of Ralph Hoefman, CEO of Tilburg-Bastianen Group-DAF, Arno Smits, Owner of Smits Opleidingen Oss, Tim de Jong, Editor at BIGTRUCK Online Magazine and Hans van Maanen, Entrepreneur in Trailer development and member of the Dutch TRTA (Technical Road Transport Association).

Main topics of the panel session were autonomous driving of trucks, European regulations, development in modalities in trucks, employer responsibility towards drivers and further developments of LHV (long heavy vehicle) in Europe. According to the panel session, major changes are expected in the world of LHV, politics will drive this development and impact on CO2 emission will be the topic that European politics will follow soon.

Tim de Jong stated that: ”The first change will be seen by increasing the areas in Europe where LHV is accepted.” According to the speakers, because cargo weights are not the same, it will be hard to control the braking manoeuvres of the vehicles and this will lead to dangerous situations.

Talking about dangerous situations, Arno Smits stated that: ”Better driver education related to safe and efficient driving in the Netherlands is still not being taken seriously by the market. One second can be the difference between life and death in transport. Despite getting safer trucks and trailers, the number of accidents with trucks in the Netherlands is still increasing. It should be the employer’s responsibility to get their driver´s home safe.”

Regarding the development of Intermodal Transportation, all participants agreed that it is possible to see an enormous growth in the next 10 years. Likewise, there will be a lot of new railroads, especially the ones that passes the Alps will be much quicker and will dramatically reduce the CO2 emission because of the reduction in the number of locomotives needed. Also the growth of inland container terminals will continue.