Milestone for Brisbane Truck Show
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia will celebrate a half century of Brisbane Truck Shows in May 2017, with the event expected to attract more than 35,000 visitors from across Australia and the world
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has announced a series of new features and improvements for the 50th anniversary of the next year’s Brisbane Truck Show.
The iconic event will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) from May 25 to 28, 2017.
“The show has come a long way from its humble beginnings when 21 truck, trailer and component manufacturers and suppliers came together at Haulmark Trailers’ premises in Rocklea in 1968,” HVIA chief executive Brett Wright says.
“The 2017 Brisbane Truck Show is the fourth that will be held at BCEC, and will feature up to 300 exhibitors displaying the latest trucks, trailers, components, equipment, accessories and technology.
“As part of the celebration HVIA will be featuring an innovation, manufacturing and workforce development display on the Plaza level.
“Our focus is always on making the event a great experience for visitors and exhibitors.
“The improvements we’ve made for the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show range from online ticketing to the exhibition layout.
“As previously, visitors can enter BCEC from any of three points however the main foyer entry will
Our focus is always on making the event a great experience for visitors and exhibitors.
no longer interfere with visitors moving between the main halls and the upper floors.”
Other enhancements include the show awards which have been reformed to recognise and reward excellence in innovation, safety and productivity.
In addition, the popular Apprentice Challenge will now be a truly national event with competitors being represented from each of the HVIA regions including the eastern region of Queensland, NSW and ACT; the southern region of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania; and north-western region of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Originally known as the Queensland Truck Show, the event was first organised in 1968 by the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland, the predecessor of HVIA.
The 1968 and 1969 shows were held at Haulmark Trailer’s premises, Ipswich Road, Rocklea. The show moved to the Rocklea Wool Stores in 1970 and was an annual event until 1979 when the industry decided that the show should run every two years.
In 1983 the show relocated to the Royal National Association Showgrounds (RNA) where it remained for almost 30 before its move to our current home at the world class Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC).
The BCEC was voted 2016 World’s Best Convention Centre by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC).
The Brisbane Truck Show also plays an important role supporting the Queensland economy.
Over its four-day duration, the 2015 Brisbane Truck Show attracted 56.5 per cent of its visitors from outside of Brisbane, while 28 per cent of those transited from interstate and 14.5 per cent internationally.
The impact the show also contributed to the local and state economy, generating the equivalent of 269 full time employment positions or $18.7 million in paid wages and salaries, as well as adding an additional expenditure of over $70.1 million in output into the Queensland economy.
The 2017 show is expected to host up to 300 exhibitors and more than 35,000 visitors over the four-day period.
1 1. Bill Knox, former Queensland Minister for Transport, launches the 1968 Brisbane Truck Show.
3. Bill Knox emerges from a Thornycroft. Bernie Quinn from the event’s major sponsor Haulmark Trailers is in the foreground.
2 2. An aerial view of the 1968
Brisbane Truck Show, held at Haulmark Trailers premises in Rocklea.