Bris­bane Truck Show’s new-look awards

The Bris­bane Truck Show will have a new-look awards set-up in 2017

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The Bris­bane Truck Show Awards will un­dergo a re­vamp in 2017 by show­cas­ing the past two year’s best de­sign, engi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing achieve­ments, in­flu­enced by a cul­ture of in­no­va­tion and safety.

Pre­sented by show or­gan­iser Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Aus­tralia (HVIA) with the sup­port of Plat­inum Part­ner BP Aus­tralia, this year’s awards will be judged by a co­hort of the coun­try’s lead­ing trans­port and equip­ment jour­nal­ists and will high­light the in­dus­try’s lat­est prod­uct and ser­vice in­no­va­tions.

Aus­tralia’s heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try di­rectly em­ploys more than 36,000 peo­ple and man­u­fac­tures, ser­vices and repairs some of the world’s most ef­fi­cient, safe, in­no­va­tive and tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing global brands Volvo, Mack, Ken­worth and Iveco.

With nom­i­na­tions clos­ing at the end of March, the judges will have a busy time as­sess­ing what could po­ten­tially be sev­eral hun­dred prod­ucts and ser­vices, prior to the fi­nal­ists be­ing an­nounced in mid-May.

The award cat­e­gories in­clude some that might be pre­dictable, but highly sought-af­ter, in­clud­ing best trailer and cat­e­gories for best light-, medium- and heavy-duty truck.

Then there are a series of cat­e­gories fo­cused on in­no­va­tion, in­clud­ing tech­nol­ogy, components, equip­ment, ser­vices and bod­ies.

Then there are the real stars of the show; the awards that high­light the Aus­tralian heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try’s in­ge­nu­ity, its will­ing­ness to push bound­aries, paired with a de­mand for ro­bust­ness of de­sign, engi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­ture.

The best PBS in­no­va­tion cat­e­gory will high­light ini­tia­tives to achieve greater pro­duc­tiv­ity for spe­cific tasks, with the ap­pli­ca­tion of an over­ar­ch­ing re­quire­ment to ex­ceed safety bench­marks.

Then the two glam­our awards will go to the best Aus­tralian de­signed and en­gi­neered prod­uct and best Aus­tralian man­u­fac­tured in­no­va­tion.

Amongst the con­tenders will be many well- known brands; as well as many oth­ers that have qui­etly been cre­at­ing ground-break­ing prod­ucts, tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices that are chang­ing the way the trans­port in­dus­try does busi­ness.

There are some stip­u­la­tions to prod­ucts be­ing el­i­gi­ble for nom­i­na­tion, in­clud­ing their re­lease date. Prod­ucts must have been re­leased to mar­ket since the last Bris­bane Truck Show in May 2015. The cri­te­ria recog­nise that some prod­ucts have been around for much longer but now in­clude sig­nif­i­cant new fea­tures, up­grades or en­hance­ments.

HVIA CEO Brett Wright says it will be ex­cit­ing to see what prod­ucts are put for­ward for con­sid­er­a­tion.

“The ex­cit­ing thing is that ev­ery one of them will be on dis­play at the 2017 Bris­bane Truck Show,” he adds.

The pres­ti­gious 2017 Bris­bane Truck Show Awards will be pre­sented at a spe­cial cock­tail event at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on the first evening of the show, Thurs­day, May 25, from 6.30-9pm. En­try will be via a sep­a­rate ticket. Ticket sales will be an­nounced closer to the show.

To keep in touch with the lat­est show news visit own­er­driver.com.au/bris­bane-truck-show-2017;

or fol­low the show on Face­book @bris­banetruck­show.

RAY HADLEY TALKS BTS

Pop­u­lar 2GB talk­back host and NRL com­men­ta­tor Ray Hadley has put his face and voice be­hind the tele­vi­sion and ra­dio com­mer­cials for this year’s Bris­bane Truck Show. Hadley has long been a sup­porter and ad­vo­cate for the trucking in­dus­try, so was par­tic­u­larly pleased to be asked to pro­mote the 50th an­niver­sary event.

The Ray Hadley Show, syn­di­cated across met­ro­pol­i­tan and re­gional ra­dio net­works, strongly pro­motes the well-be­ing of truck­ies and other Aus­tralian in­dus­try.

The com­mer­cials will hit screens and air­waves through April and May.

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