Specialisation and expansion go together for MaxiTRANS with AZMEB and Roadwest for the side tipper market.
As one of Australia’s largest suppliers of truck and trailer parts to the transport industry, MaxiTRANS has been growing its portfolio of associated companies in recent years to include the more specialist sectors of the trailer industry such as side tippers.
The purchase of AZMEB gave MaxiTRANS access to the wider range of tipping requirements that in addition to side tippers includes door side tippers, flex side tippers and high-volume side tippers.
For 2020, MaxiTRANS is continuing its expansion into this interesting but highly specialised segment of the trailer industry, taking on the distribution of products manufactured by Roadwest Transport.
Established in 1970, Roadwest Transport designs and manufactures high quality, heavy duty side tippers, end tippers, water tankers and low loaders, for the mining, agriculture and infrastructure segments.
The Roadwest Transport range of trailers will be available immediately through the MaxiTRANS dealer network, which includes independent dealers Trailer Sales and the Mildura Truck Centre group.
“We are once again delighted to build on our relationship with MaxiTRANS to jointly distribute our leading brands nationally,” said Peter Lombardi, managing director of Roadwest Transport.
“It is great news for both Roadwest Transport and MaxiTRANS, as it collectively gives us the ability to offer and better serve the industry with a wider choice of purpose-built, high quality Australian-made products,” he added.
In recent months G&A Lombardi has also recently joined the MaxiTRANS Dealer Network, distributing the full MaxiTRANS range within the West Australian region in addition to its existing product offering, which included Roadwest Transport.
“To be a distributor for a brand such as Roadwest Transport, enables MaxiTRANS to further provide customers with solutions for niche operations. Furthermore, the Roadwest Transport brand shares the same focus on delivering products that are durable, superior in quality and aftersales support,” said Dean Jenkins, Managing Director & CEO of MaxiTRANS.
Staying with the side tipper industry and turning our attention to the AZMEB brand brings us to recent decision by Boral Logistics to replace its aged fleet of side tippers.
MaxiTRANS assisted Boral Logistics to find the ideal solution to distribute its quarry products throughout Western Queensland, culminating in a new AZMEB Door Side Tipper road train combination to perform the task, safely and efficiently.
The AZMEB Door Side Tipper AB-triple road train combination is part of a number of trailer combinations to be delivered to Boral Logistics, with the first unit being put to work in the long-distance delivery of quarry material throughout Western Queensland from the Boral Wellcamp Quarry.
Boral operates around 70 quarries, metropolitan and regional, throughout Australia. The Wellcamp Quarry, west of Toowoomba, extracts and processes a wide range of product, particularly highly specified road base aggregate.
Operations Manager of Boral Logistics Queensland, Wade Clark, says Boral’s road train combinations play an important part of the transport logistics operation on the Darling Downs and beyond. Adding that the AZMEB trailers fill its need for its side tipper application.
“Our current road train fleet is entirely AZMEB and for the amount of investment in a combination like this, it is very important we invest in a known product, so for us we stuck with the brand we knew and trusted,” says Wade.
“The existing fleet of AZMEB trailers is in the order of 25 years old. We know they are reliable; we know that the product works. It comes with longevity, so we wanted to reinvest in a product that we knew worked extremely well for Boral’s needs.”
According to Wade, longevity, safety, fit-for-purpose and interchangeability with the multiple combinations are the driving design criteria for Boral.
“We can move the two B-trailers from front to back and the A-trailer has a sliding turntable that allows us to conform to our bridge formulas and axle measurements. In this way we can load full mass, whether as an AB-triple or as a B-double. Even as a single, we conform to load and mass requirements,” said Wade.
The Toowoomba region is open to Type 1 road trains which means the AZMEB combination can be loaded and run West, directly out of the quarry, without any requirement to split up the combination.
AZMEB Door Side Tippers are built in one piece from a 450-grade wear plate, which increases the strength and eliminates the need for cross members. Unique to the design, AZMEB Door Side Tippers distribute the load quickly and evenly with a single double-acting hydraulic cylinder at each end of the bowl. Large capacity hydraulic hoses and valves maintain the rapid, yet smooth, tipping action.
For Boral, side tipping is essential for a safer and more productive operation.
“A lot of our road base jobs are on the main highways west of Toowoomba,” Wade said.
“The big benefit we can offer customers is that power lines don’t phase this combination and we are not limited by un-even ground. We can basically pull up on the side of the highway and tip straight off the edge of the road. Also, by running out the material in an even flow it reduces the work time required for grader drivers.”
Safety is integral to the Boral operating philosophy. Telescopic ladders are fitted for the driver to use when hooking up or changing trailers and the addition of handrails provides three-points of contact all the way through the climbing process.
The drawbar of the tri-axle dolly is painted in high-visibility yellow as a safety measure for all road users and non-slip surfaces are used on walkways wherever the driver has to work on the trailers.