Author Archives: Maree Mullett

Sharp Moves | TRUCK REVIEW – Mercedes-Benz Rigid Trucks

The latest MB rigids set a high standard amongst the new breed of Europeans – Words by Ed Higginson. With a background of five years since their initial launch in Europe, there’s a lot expected from the new range of Mercedes-Benz rigids as the German manufacturer continues its global rollout of new product. With the test programme completed and the ...

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A Legend in the Making | TRUCK REVIEW – Kenworth Legend 900

With news of the release of a Limited Edition Legend 900 circulating, Warren Caves looks at the background to Australia’s appreciation of trucking nostalgia Following on from the release of the Legend 950 as the first in the Limited Edition series released by PACCAR Australia, the Kenworth spotlight this year was turned on the Legend 900 that made the headlines ...

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Supply Chain | Company Profile – Simpson Fuel Supplies – Kenworth

For Simpson’s Fuel Supplies, company growth results from always focusing on the needs of the customer.  Words and images by Warren Caves Born of humble beginnings in a small petrol station and mechanical-repair/panelbeating business, Simpson Fuel Supplies has found a comfortable niche within the fuel transport arena. The small enterprise was opened in 1963 by Jack Simpson and his son ...

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Exploring Opportunities | Company Profile

Remote area operation in the harsh conditions of the mining exploration industry is an everyday occurrence for Wallis Drilling With over 50 years experience, Wallis Drilling of Perth, WA, is now one of Australia’s largest privately-owned mineral drilling companies, employing over 250 personnel and operating in excess of 55 drilling rigs in Australia and global markets including the Middle East ...

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Broadening Horizons | TRUCK REVIEW – HINO Wide cab 500 Series

PowerTorque’s test team duo spends a day out on the road with Hino’s wide cab 500 Series – Ed Higginson gives his first impressions with Brenton O’Connor having the benefit of second thoughts.   Ed Higginson Hino launched its new 500 Wide Cab range just a few months ago, and already there are good reports coming through from early buyers, ...

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Fire and Flintstones

Warren Caves reports on the appeal of vintage and classic icons of trucking history While new truck shows are full to bursting point with technology and innovation, there’s nothing like the appeal of the older generation to whet the appetite of both young and old alike. Trucks from bygone eras in transport all have a story to tell, and their ...

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Straight Talking | TRUCK REVIEW – Mercedes-Benz – ACTROS

Mercedes-Benz continues to shake up the market with the release of its latest rigid truck chassis. There’s no doubt about it, Mercedes-Benz is on a roll. The reaction by early adopters of the latest Actros models has established the bona fides of the breed, with operators forecasting substantial savings in total cost of operation. The enthusiasm for Actros is not ...

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Sealing the deal | Company Profile – Bitutek of Perth

It’s all things bitumen for Bitutek of Perth There’s an expectation that by the very nature of bitumen being black and sticky, the trucks that carry this commodity are going to find it hard to keep up appearances. That’s certainly not the case with the Bitutek fleet, as, although the company is completely focused on providing the highest grade of ...

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Tyre Torque

Falken makes its move into truck and bus tyre supply The world’s sixth largest tyre manufacturer, Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI), cemented its own future in the Australian market back in March 2015 as the result of the purchase of local tyre distribution companies Transport Tyre Sales (TTS) and Summit Tyres Australia. With 11 global tyre manufacturing facilities, SRI produces tyres ...

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Cummins Roars into Euro 6 | REVIEW – Cummins 12 and 15 litre

Whether you want 12 or 15-litre efficiency, Cummins has you covered. Engine technology continues to leap forwards with every year as research and development programmes produce better ways to reduce emissions. Much of the credit should be attributed to the SuperTruck initiatives developed by President Obama, which encouraged manufacturers to strive for further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions produced by ...

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