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Wednesday 19 February 2020

Automotive skills still vital to Australia’s economy

The skillsets of automotive industry workers set to be displaced by the departure of Holden are still highly sought after in Australia.

Todd Hacking, Chief Executive of HVIA, says that Australia is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high productivity trucks and trailers.

“Australia’s heavy vehicle industry directly employs over 36,000 people and manufactures, services and repairs some of the world’s most efficient, safe, innovative and technologically advanced vehicles,” Mr Hacking said.

“We have a thriving and robust local industry that comprises hundreds of innovative trailer, specialised vehicle, component, equipment and technology manufacturers and suppliers in addition to the product assembly of global heavy vehicle brands such as Volvo, Mack, Kenworth, DAF and Iveco.

“The heavy vehicle industry flies under the radar in some respects, but it is a dynamic and innovative part of the Australian, and indeed the world economy,” Mr Hacking added.

“Our members are significant employers in every capital city and across regional Australia.

“With the industry’s endless stimulating and rewarding career paths, our industry offers astoundingly diverse professional opportunities.

“We have engineers working with the latest 3D design techniques and advanced manufacturing processes, working alongside an array of highly skilled tradespeople and technicians, and their colleagues in warehousing and logistics.

“Of course, all of that is enabled by staff in every conceivable role in administration, finance, HR, training, sales, marketing and support roles.

“The heavy vehicle industry is abundant with wonderful stories of school leavers who have started on the floor and are now executives of international companies.

“While Holden’s announcement yesterday was devastating, we hope that many of their talented people will find new opportunities in our industry – an industry that has its own great Australian story.”

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ComVec 2020 - what your customers are telling you

ComVec has long been considered the heavy vehicle industry's leading engineering forum for its comprehensive coverage of major technical issues led by the best in the industry.

The multi-stream conference program features a series of sessions designed for manufacturers and especially design engineers and consultants.

On the first morning of the conference, Bob Woodward, Chief Engineer at the Australian Trucking Association, and formally of Ron Finemore Transport, will be challenging you to listen to your customers

The session illustrates the importance and value of communication across the entire vehicle supply chain between the designer, manufacturer, and end user.

ComVec 2020 runs from Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 May at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

Restoring a piece of Truck Show history

The restoration of this particularly special 1926 Thornycroft A2 is a major legacy project during Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia's 50 year celebrations, only made possible with the support of our members and friends.

Join us on the journey to bring her back to life, culminating with her presence at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show. Watch the video above to find out more.

Join the Thornycroft Restoration Project - Facebook Group 


HVIA State Committee meetings under way

HVIA welcomed 26 members to its national office as the first round of State Committee Meetings for 2020 kicked off in Brisbane on yesterday. 

The agenda consisted of a report on HVIA’s activities for the first quarter of 2020, technical and regulatory updates and workforce development information. 

The key agenda items included: 

  • A report from HVIA CEO, Todd Hacking, on the industry meeting held in Sydney on the 30th January to discuss the PBS tyre review 
  • An update by Chief Technical Officer, Paul Caus, on the Department of Infrastructure’s Australian Design Rule (ADR) maintenance and harmonisation work 
  • Paul Caus also presented the tipper code working draft. The draft covers three key areas: stability, body mount and lifting mechanism 

In the Workforce Development space, Todd Hacking discussed HVIA’s work on ‘Heavy Vehicle 101’ – a series of on-line training modules being developed by HVIA as an induction package.

While the project is primarily designed for new starters, back-of-house staff will also gain an invaluable understanding of the broader heavy vehicle industry. 

HVIA’s Policy and Government Relations Manager, Greg Forbes is managing the project and has called for member input into the modules. 

Please contact Greg at if you can assist with information, images or videos. 

The meeting was rounded out with a presentation by guest speaker, Tracey Millar, Principal of the Ipswich Campus of the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC). 

Tracey spoke about AITC’s education model designed for students working towards a trade qualification. 

The model utilised by AITC is a better fit for the heavy vehicle industry than the mainstream school system, as it offers students blocks of time in industry. 

Students can undertake an accelerated academic program each school term,  allowing student up to seven weeks of work experience or a school based apprenticeship. 

The State Committee meetings continued today in Perth, before heading to Sydney tomorrow and Melbourne next FridayPlease follow the links for meeting agenda and registration

Welcome to new HVIA members

A huge welcome to three new HVIA members:

Mobile Conveying Services
Located in Burpengary, Brisbane, Mobile Conveying Services (MCS) is a leader in mobile conveying in Australia. MCS has started to develop in-house fabrication, painting and mechanical, electrical and hydraulic services for everything up to a complete strip and rebuild. These services are now offered to the general market. With these capabilities MCS can now build or modify equipment to fit gaps in the market that are not economically met by production machines.

Transafe WA
Transafe WA is a not-for-profit industry initiative with the vision of aiding the delivery of safer transport industry workplaces and roads by fostering and promoting safer practices. Transafe WA deliver events and projects for both the road transport industry and the general public focussed on safe heavy vehicle operations and interactions.

Mov3ment Pty Ltd
Mov3ment was founded and led by Mark Gjerek. Mark has worked in diverse roles including the automotive industry, the truck industry, government, and consulting. Mark and his team make transport more efficient by measuring, modelling, and reducing the environmental impacts and energy needs of vehicles. Mov3ment does this for fleet operators, for policymakers, and for technology and fuel suppliers. They do it through education, research, evaluation, demonstration and implementation. 

Upcoming events

HVIA State Committee – NSW 

Thurs 20 February - 9:00am-12:00pm 

CILTA Event: Future of Regional Logistics - Evolving infrastructure, technology and workforces

Thurs 20 February

La Trobe University, Wodonga Victoria 

HVIA State Committee – Vic 

Fri 28 February - 9:00am-12:00pm 

ComVec 2020

RACV Royal Pines Resort - Gold Coast 

Wed 13 - Fri 15 May 

HVIA Gala Awards Dinner 

Emporium South Brisbane 

Fri 20 November - 6:30pm-11:00pm 

2021 Brisbane Truck Show 

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Wed 13 - Sun 16 May 2021 


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