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

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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.

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