Author Archives: Maree Mullett

Ready To Roll | Truck Review – Freightliner Australia opens the door to Cascadia

Freightliner Australia opens the door to Cascadia. It’s often difficult to place the correct perspective on the introduction of a new truck range into Australia when production volumes in overseas countries make the annual sales figures in our country look somewhat insignificant. With over 17 brands competing in our market, the average of a truck fleet at 14.9 years suggests ...

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TAFE Queensland announces Apprentice of the Year across three categories.| TRANSPORT NEWS

Ipswich local, Braiden McAlpine, has won the TAFE Queensland SkillsTech’s inaugural ‘Heavy Commercial Vehicle Apprentice of the Year’ award for outstanding achievement in the Heavy Commercial Vehicle category, as co-sponsored by Viva Energy. Viva Energy was invited to co-sponsor the inaugural award with HVIA as part of a new partnership with TAFE Queensland which will support training for the next ...

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TROUT River Australia sale to MaxiTrans | Transport News

MaxiTRANS  announces it has entered into an agreement to acquire Australasian Machinery Sales Pty Ltd (trading as Trout River Australia), a leading manufacturer and supplier of live bottom trailers in Australia. In FY18, Trout River Australia had approximately $10m in annual sales and an EBITDA of approximately $2m.  The acquisition is expected to be earnings accretive in FY19 with returns ...

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Flying the Flag | TRAILERTORQUE – Krueger Trailers

Krueger Trailers proves that being Australian owned has a great future – Words by Brenton O’Connor There are many commentators that consistently decry Australian design and manufacturing, but for the transport industry there’s nothing better than dealing with people that know our roads and systems and produce equipment that outlives expectations. Following our recent stories on the Volvo Group local ...

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Every Town, Every Day | COMPANY PROFILE- FOLLOWMONT TRANSPORT

The express parcels business imposes its own demands on customer service – Words by Brenton O’Connor.  The core business for Queensland-based Followmont Transport is founded upon the express parcel service, with the aim to service every town in its network every day. Now in its second generation, the company is currently directed by Mark Tobin, whose father started the business ...

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Making Tracks | TRUCK REVIEW-VOLVO FH600 Globetrotter

Volvo’s FH600 Globetrotter provides plenty of on-road appeal, as Brenton O’Connor discovers. Photography by Geoff Parrington If you were in the market for a truck 30 years ago, and your purchasing decisions revolved around performance, fuel economy and engine brake performance, you would have purchased a North American truck every time. By contrast, the European offerings were typically heavy, underpowered, ...

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Rock Solid | TRAILERTORQUE – Bruce Rock Engineering

Bruce Rock Engineering is a standout performer for trailer buyers that rank reliability and durability as the key to profitability – Words and images by Chris Mullett. There’s no doubt that Western Australia does things differently from the rest of the country. This view may largely be because of the continuing rise and fall of the mining industry, making long-term ...

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ShawX Manufacturing | TrailerTorque – Shawx Manufacturing

New management and a revitalised business structure set ShawX Manufacturing on the right path for the future – Words and images by Warren Caves As a family-owned business, ShawX Manufacturing is the new force behind the specialist trailer manufacturer formerly known as Titan Manufacturing. Based in the Brisbane suburb of Cleveland, the change of ownership and establishment of a new ...

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Triple Treat | TrailerTorque – Daltrans Bulk Haulage

Daltrans Bulk Haulage gets the grain moving – words and images by Mark Higgins. Like most country kids growing up on the land, Daltrans Bulk Haulage owner Dallas Kropp grew up around machinery and spent weekends and school holidays behind the wheel of an assortment of implements while working on the family farm. His father owned a fuel transport business, ...

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It’s in the Bag | TrailerTorque – Haire Truck and Bus Solutions

Haire Truck and Bus Repairs finds solutions to suspension woes – Words and images by Warren Caves. Australian ingenuity has been an important contributor to the growth of this nation, no doubt dating back to the first fleet, when the early colonists were faced with vastly different farming conditions to that of Mother England. Stump-jump ploughs, Hill’s Hoist washing lines ...

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