Carbon Emmisions

Lower your CO2 emissions with double deck trailers

  • 29/10/2018
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Environment,News,Transport

The American Economist Milton Friedman may have stated in 1970 that the social responsibility of a business is to increase its profits, but nowadays corporate social responsibility influences the decisions of organisations of all sizes.

With consumers increasingly happy to exercise their rights to use other providers if they are not happy with a brand’s values, and tell the world about it, being a good corporate citizen is something all businesses grapple with.

As part of that, the impact a business has on the environment is increasingly in focus. Many will trumpet their savings, reducing their footprints, highlighting their sustainable practices – all to be lauded, but are they driven by a sense of morality, or because it makes good business sense?

Regulations certainly play a part, with businesses making sure they comply with increasingly stringent laws governing emissions and environmental impact to avoid significant financial penalties.

Yet if you were to look at the sustainability programmes of many global businesses, particularly those with a large carbon footprint, you would find that actually, cutting back on emissions and reducing their environmental impact as much as possible also means cutting costs and being more efficient – two major focuses for businesses in the post-global recession world.

Is that the case for all sectors, even logistics? In a word, yes. The logistics and distribution industry is a major contributor to CO2 emissions – in the EU alone, transportation (both freight and transportation) accounts for 20% of all green house gas emissions.

At the same time, falling prices has left an asset heavy sector looking for savings wherever it can find them.

What’s the answer? People, and goods, need to get from A to B – without logistics, the world would simply stop. Even if we all reduced our consumption, no single place produces everything it needs, whether it’s food, clothing or building materials.

Everywhere needs to bring goods and services from elsewhere. The only way to bring down emissions, and drive savings, is to become as efficient as possible. Being able to carry more at once. In ocean freight, that means bigger vessels. On the road, that means double deck trailers.

By being able to load more cargo, double deck trailers can help customers lower CO2 emission by 50%, while bringing costs down by 30%.

That’s money saved on distributions, reduced cost per unit, less spent on trucks (as fewer are required), less on ferries and less on fuel.

Double deck trailers better utilise trailer space – how often have you seen a fully loaded trailer floor, with significant horizontal space available?

They even offer significant groupage options – taking a third of a single deck trailer may cost you X but put that same load into a double deck and suddenly your cargo is only a sixth of the space.

Lowering carbon emissions makes good business sense. By considering all the options, and fully utilising the range of trailer types available, businesses requiring logistics and transport can not only achieve their corporate citizenship goals, but also make significant cost efficiencies in the process.

Health and Safety

Why health and safety is critical for fast loading

  • 12/10/2018
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Health & Safety,News,Transport

Health and safety might have a reputation for adding layers of bureaucracy to processes that have worked for years, but it’s a critical part of keeping any business working smoothly.

Even if there weren’t laws and regulations covering workplace health and safety, it would still be best practice for any organisation to follow.

That might seem a bit counter-intuitive – how can additional administration make a business work faster? Yet consider what happens when something goes wrong, and people get hurt.

It completely disrupts operations and can have ramifications at all levels, not least for the people involved in the incident.

It’s as true for those of us operating in logistics as any other sector. As the Road Haulage Association states, ‘every year there are over 5000 incidents involving transport in the workplace with approximately 50 of these incidents resulting in people losing their lives.’

When it comes to haulage, every part of it relates to health and safety. Ultimately, our job is to transport goods safely and securely from one location to another.

Customers are depending on receiving their goods on time – if there’s a safety incident, that’s only going to delay their deliveries.

One area of haulage that needs particularly care when it comes to operating in a safe manner is loading. People use HGVs to transport large items – quite often, these can be bulky, unwieldly or incredibly heavy, if not all three.

Having the proper equipment to load, and unload, all manner of goods is vital. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a forklift, a pallet or a reach truck and whether it is at the customer site, in a loading bay or on a residential street – the equipment used to load and unload a truck needs to be as rigorously tested and maintained as the vehicle’s tires and engine.

Having proper plans and processes in place for all eventualities can be the difference between a safe and an unsafe environment. In loading yards, strict rules should govern how trucks are loaded and how HGVs should approach bays.

While speed of movement and turnaround are key performance indicators for many haulage businesses, nothing should ever compromise the safety of anyone involved in the loading of trucks.

A tragic incident a few years ago highlighted what can happen when the proper steps are not taken, with a lack of procedures for vehicle movements in the transport yard identified as a contributor to the accident.

As well as causing the person in the accident life changing injuries, the two companies involved were fined £250,000, with the Health and Safety Executive saying, ‘the incident was caused by the “shared failure” of both companies to recognise the hazards arising from loading operations at the yard.’

For some, Health and Safety may conjure images of reams of paperwork, yet for anyone operating in busy workplaces, following the rules and having clear guidelines in place are absolutely critical.

Keeping employees safe is the legal responsibility of all businesses – that an incident-free workplace is also an efficient, operationally effective one is simply a bonus.


Here at Middlegate, we prioritise health and safety above all else. Not only does this ensure our trailers are loaded and unloaded in a fully safe manner, but that we can deliver our customers products to them on time and without incident.

DAF XF 106

Calling all Drivers: Time to grab a bargain!

  • 27/04/2015
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Vehicles,Offers

As part of our continuous vehicle maintenance and update programme, we currently have available two Volvo FH12 6X2 Tractor units and two DAF 4x2 tractor units for sale.

Fully serviced and maintained further details are available via the following links. We have two vehicles available in Belgium:

DAF XF 105 and DAF XF 105.

For further information about our UK based vehicles, please contact our Hull Operations on +44 1482 226460.

We are a strong team

New employment opportunities at Middlegate Zeebrugge

  • 10/02/2015
  • Zeebrugge, Belgium
  • News,Belgium,Employment,Careers,Team

We are currently seeking applications for the following positions:

Groupage Planner Download
Continental Dispatcher
Forklift Drivers (x2)

For full details, please call +32 50 55 70 70

Full Truck Loads are being handled for leading pharmaceuticals giant

Leading Global Pharmaceuticals Company Chooses Middlegate

  • 09/06/2014
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Distribution,Full Truck Loads,UK,National,Success

A major Blue Chip, Hull based pharmaceuticals company have signed a X year contract with us to provide domestic full load transportation services for their wound management products.
We are also in discussion with the same company to store specific product lines in our food grade warehousing.

Vanessa and Wes attend the Expo 2014 event in Hull

Hull Chambers Expo 2014 Very Positive

  • 02/06/2014
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Marketing,Event,Networking,Social,Local

Our first visit to this local event really was a refreshing change from some of the major trade fairs that we usually attend.
This annual event is part of the Humber Business Week and was hosted by Hull Chambers of Commerce .
The warm and friendly atmosphere at the expo, held at the Hull Sports Arena, gave us the opportunity to network with local business owners and their representatives. These included local service providers such as Kingston Communications who will be installing their Lightstream fibre optic at our Marfleet site as a direct result of the Expo.

CEO Kim Notman during his keynote speech

UK Distribution Model Launched at 25th Anniversary Event

  • 24/04/2014
  • Zeebrugge
  • Distribution,Events,UK,Anniversary,Launch,Strategy

A new distribution model has been launched which aims to alleviate some of the costs of UK distribution for European exporters.

Guests and staff were introduced to our new fleet of double deck trailers

Double Deckers Delivered

  • 24/04/2014
  • Zeebrugge
  • Distribution,Events,UK,Launch,Strategy

The first of our new fleet of double deck trailers have arrived to enhance our UK Distribution model.

Offering an additional 10 loading meters per trailer they are ideal for mixed loads and non-stackable items where weights normally mean multiple trailers would be used. This translates also to a greener solution, as we are able to reduce the number of journeys required to move your goods.

Guests and members of staff attending our 25th Anniversary celebrations,CEO Kim Notman during his keynote speech,Brazilian dancers were just part of the live entertainment

25th Anniversary Celebrations

  • 24/04/2014
  • Zeebrugge
  • Events,Anniversary,Networking,Celebration,Guests

In what has been an emotional year for the family and owners of Middlegate Europe, the decision to not postpone the 25th Anniversary celebrations was made. The football themed event was invitation only for existing customers and local dignitaries, and was as much a celebration of the continued success of Middlegate Europe in the year of Brazil 2014, and also as a tribute to Charlie Notman, ex-professional footballer and founder of Middlegate Europe in Zeebrugge, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Honored guests were entertained with street football and exotic Samba dancers, and enjoyed a variety of foods symbolic of the regions of Belgium and the UK where the company is based. Guests were also asked to sign a football. The party was organised by Belgian events organisers The Media House .

The festivities provided an opportunity to put names to faces, further helping nurture the on-going and valued relationships we have developed over the last quarter of a century.

During his speech to thank and honour the guests, Kim Notman (CEO) announced the launch of a new UK import & distribution model that will initially be based in Hull. Two additional UK distribution hubs were also introduced, which shall provide essential trade routes to the south of the UK and the Midlands. Guests were also witness to the launch of our new double deck fleet of trailers, which allow up to 30% cost saving for customers, whilst reducing CO2 emissions by up to 67%.

View our new corporate video on Vimeo

Latest Corporate Video Launched

  • 23/04/2014
  • UK & Belgium
  • Marketing,Corporate,Anniversary

Belgian videographers Chic worked diligently to ensure our new corporate video was ready for the 25th Anniversary celebrations of May of this year. The video has now been placed online for all to see. The video demonstrates how much we have grown over the past 25 years since our inception in 1989.

The staff are pleased to help the guys from Chic

Exit Stage Left...

  • 08/04/2014
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Marketing,Video,Corporate,Double Deck

Our staff seem to have taken to the prospect of stardom. Individual trailers and lists of strange demands including M&Ms and fake flamingos abound. When Chic visited recently to film our new corporate videos, staff were pleased to be able to help.

Now, where is my equity card...?

Aranud Baillieux, newly appointed Chief Commercial Officer

New CCO Appointed

  • 15/10/2013
  • Clemency, Luxembourg
  • News,Luxembourg,Corporate,International,Strategy

With a wealth of experience in logistics purchasing at Exxon Mobil, Arnaud has been appointed as group Chief Commercial Officer.

With the aim of raising our profile in the Luxembourg and German markets in particular, Arnaud will be heading up operations from our new office in Luxembourg.


Joining Green Network to Help Companies Find Their Place in The Sun

  • 16/01/2013
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • UK,Marketing,Local,News

A newspaper article from the Hull Daily Mail. Read the article here

New premises are officially opened in Hull.

Middlegate Europe and Perpetum Sun open new Premises in Hull

  • 19/12/2012
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • News,UK

More than 75 specially invited guests, from across the UK and Europe, enjoyed a surprising afternoon filled with great musical entertainment, culinary experiences, networking and fun.

To view images from the event visit our special page .

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