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Wednesday 4 March 2020

Your next generation workforce?

Brown & Hurley Group and Drake Trailers showcased heavy vehicle industry career options to over thirty six students in Brisbane last week.  

The Year 10 students from the newly opened Australian Industry Trade College – Ipswich Campus visited the sites, as part of HVIA's workforce development initiative, the Schools to Industry Tour Program

Students were shown how trades in the automotive manufacturing and service & repair sectors open pathways to careers in modifications, re-builds, pre-delivery, sales, administration and spare parts.  

HVIA's Paul Woodland says the initiative has proven hugely successful in drawing new entrants to the heavy vehicle industry over many years.

"We are looking forward to more tours from AITC and other secondary schools throughout the year and we would definitely like to see more members engaged," Mr Woodland said.

"We would particularly like to thank the staff at Brown & Hurley in Darra and Drake Trailers in Wacol for their involvement in guiding the students through their operations." 

HVIA State Committees - Round 1 wraps in Melbourne

The current round of HVIA State Committee Meetings concluded with the final meeting in Victoria last Friday, with ARTSA members joining for the first time. 

ARTSA President Martin Toomey covered the transitioning of the organisations's advocacy and membership functions to HVIA and shared the vision for the ARTSA institute. 

Other issues covered included updates on:
  • Road Vehicle Standards Act implementation
  • the last round of SVSEG, TLG and TWG Industry reference group meetings
  • circulation of the draft tipper code 
  • PBS tyres report 
  • the ADR 38/05 Braking code
  • the ADR 42 trailer wiring issues
  • NHVR circular VSG 18 on 5th wheel friction linings and 
  • emerging issues around flexible couplings, 
  • voltage reducers impact on LED lighting. 
HVIA’s planned Heavy Vehicles 101 course was also discussed.

See below for dates and links to registration for the next round of meetings.


NHVR industry safety survey

The NHVR has commissioned an industry safety survey to gain an understanding of how participants in the heavy vehicle industry are currently managing their safety responsibilities. 

Feedback from the survey will help to ensure the correct focus of support to industry through information, education and safety initiatives.  

Additionally, the survey has questions that will help to assess the use and understanding of the Safety Management System guidance materials provided on the NHVR website and adoption of safer vehicle technologies. 

HVIA members are encouraged to participate to ensure the data creates a broad picture of how safety responsibilities are being managed.


International Women's Day breakfast

International Women's Day is this Sunday 8th March, however the Queenland Trucking Association are always ahead of the game, and held their annual Women in Transport & Logistics breakfast this morning at St Lucia in Brisbane. 

HVIA contingent of women were there in support and reported on inspiring talks from guests Marissa Wise, from the Port of Townsville and Linda MacDonald of Business2one.

They both spoke of their personal struggles with inequality in predominantly male dominated industries. They each talked openly about their experiences and how they dealt with gender bias along with some practical strategies on how to influence and effect change. 

Among the many movers and shakers in attendance, the HVIA ladies were particularly pleased to catch up with Michelle Wilkie who was there with the gorgeous Roxanne, the 1946 Ford Jailbar she won at last year's Brisbane Truck Show, raffled by NTI in support of Motor Neurone Disease research.  


HVIA Members in the News

Last month, MaxiTRANS announced that G&A Lombardi had joined the MaxiTRANS Dealer Network, distributing the full MaxiTRANS range in Western Australia.

Now MaxiTRANS is returning the favour as the distributor for Roadwest Transport with the full range available across the entire MaxiTRANS Dealer Network. 

Distribution of Roadwest Transport’s portfolio takes effect immediately within the MaxiTRANS dealer network, including independent dealers Trailer Sales and the Mildura Truck Centre group. 


Some big OEM personnel appointments:

Congratulations to Daimler stalwart Andrew Assimo who is stepping into the role Director of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Australia Pacific.

And congratulations to Penske Power Systems MD Hamish Christie-Johnston who has been appointed Managing Director of Penske Australia.

Meanwhile, Volvo Group Australia welcomes back former Mack and Volvo executive Gary Bone to the role of Vice-President of Mack Trucks in Australia.

It's been a while since Volvo pulled off one of their, now legendary, marketing video stunts. 

Well they are back with a vengeance with the truck tower showcasing the newly released Volvo range.

You can see it all here on ATN's Fullyloaded website.


South Australia’s first battery-powered kerbside collection truck is a reality, two years after council rubbish collection firm East Waste began a testing regime.

In an all-Australian affair, the Iveco ACCO-based truck, the first in a fleet replacement program, is supplied by Superior Pak, using drivetrain technology from another Australian company, SEA Electric.


HVIA welcomes new member

Big Wheels Truck Alignment adopted the slogan “Steering Australia in the Right Direction” some twenty years ago. 

Now as a group they live and breathe it. With stores located along the eastern seaboard and in Perth,they all carry an extensive range of suspension parts. 

This is to ensure where possible trucks can be repaired and aligned all in the one day, minimizing downtime.


Connect with your customers at ComVec 2020

Australia's heavy vehicle technology and innovation event is coming to RACV Royal Pines Resort. Gold Coast from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 May 2020. 

ComVec 2020 is a two-day conference and showcase plus a drive-day. Your customers will be there talking about preparing their fleet for the new decade.  

Three(+) ways you can get involved:
- Exhibition pods & vehicle display
- Conference sessions
- Drive day
- Networking events

Our latest Thornycroft transmission

The restoration of our 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. Want to get involved or to support the project?


Women in Manufacturing breakfast

Attracting highly skilled women into the manufacturing sector is vital to growing and diversifying Queensland’s economy and creating the jobs of the future. 

Join Women in Manufacturing as they look at how to encourage and support new entrants into this evolving sector.

Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Time: 7.00 am for 7.30 am – 9.30 am
Venue: Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane

Upcoming events

HVIA State Committee – QLD

Tue 21 April - 9:00am-12:00pm

HVIA State Committee – NSW

Wed 22 April - 9:00am-12:30pm

HVIA State Committee – Vic

Fri 24th April @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

ComVec 2020

RACV Royal Pines Resort - Gold Coast 

Wed 13 - Fri 15 May 

HVIA State Committee – WA

Tue 2nd June @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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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