INNOVATION FOR ALL OCCASIONS
The huge amount of trailer manufacturers displaying their wares at the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show offered the discerning operator food for thought – and a reminder that it’s not all about the mechanised monsters up front. Cobey Bartels writes
THIS YEAR’S Brisbane Truck Show played host to a record 38 trailer manufacturers, which tells us one thing – trailers are big business down under.
The road transport industry’s insatiable demand for highproductivity, low tare-weight combinations has put Australia on the map as a leader in trailer innovation. A distinct increase in made-to-order trailer demand has been brewing since the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) performance-based standards (PBS) scheme was introduced in 2007, with industry choosing to move more freight with fewer trucks.
From tippers to A-double trailer sets, the theme at Brisbane Truck Show this year was highproductivity options for just about every application.
Some trailer standouts had displays normally reserved for spacious showrooms, somehow fitting an impressive array of highquality trailers into the bustling Brisbane Exhibition Centre.
Owner//Driver takes a look at some impressive industry innovators with Show setups that hauled the patrons in.