Top trail­er­mak­ers join forces

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

TWO OF THE TOP FIVE PLAY­ERS in New Zealand’s heavy trailer mar­ket – Road­mas­ter and MTE – have joined forces.

In a me­dia state­ment by the two com­pa­nies, the na­ture of the “joint ar­range­ment” is not made clear, al­though it does state that Road­mas­ter “is to join Hamil­ton-based MTE Group.”

ˆey say they are “com­bin­ing op­er­a­tions to present the NZ road trans­port in­dus­try with what one of the com­pany’s prin­ci­pals de­scribes as an un­prece­dented com­bi­na­tion of econ­omy of scale and cut­ting-edge in­no­va­tion.”

ˆe deal, e‹ec­tive from Oc­to­ber 1, cre­ates the sin­gle big­gest player in the NZ trailer mar­ket – with MTE ranked third in trailer sales to the end of Au­gust (be­hind Patchell and Frue­hauf ), and Road­mas­ter Šfth.

MTE’s 102 sales in the Šrst eight months of the year and Road­mas­ter’s 80, carry the nowuniŠed combo be­yond mar­ket leader Patchell (which had reg­is­tered 158).

MTE Group founder and chair­man Robin Rat­cli‹e says in the state­ment that the move is “a log­i­cal ex­pan­sion for MTE, o‹er­ing the mar­ket pre­mium gen­eral freight trail­ers un­der the Road­mas­ter brand.

“It gives the mar­ket the best range of trailer op­tions it has ever had – com­bin­ing MTE’s Aus­tralasian re­sources with Road­mas­ter’s his­tory of push­ing the edge of tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion.”

Road­mas­ter’s CEO Ross Bell says that un­der the ar­range­ment Road­mas­ter will con­tinue to op­er­ate out of its Ro­torua plant and he and Lyall McGee, Road­mas­ter’s de­sign direc­tor, will re­main in their re­spec­tive roles.

“It is im­por­tant that Road­mas­ter’s val­ued clients are guar­an­teed con­ti­nu­ity of ser­vice,” he says, ad­ding that Road­mas­ter’s sta‹ will “now have many more op­por­tu­ni­ties for ca­reer growth and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“To be hon­est, I be­lieve it is a win-win sit­u­a­tion for ev­ery­body. It will work for the clients, for the mar­ket, and for the sta‹.”

Road­mas­ter started up in 1991 and pro­duces a wide range of trail­ers, but is par­tic­u­lar well­known for its cur­tain­sid­ers.

MTE (Mod­ern Trans­port En­gi­neers) Group started in 1973 and is known for its be­spoke heavy haulage trail­ers in­clud­ing, it says, the largest built in NZ. It is also suc­cess­ful on the Aus­tralian mar­ket.

T&D

ˆe joint ar­range­ment brings to­gether Road­mas­ter’s ex­per­tise in cur­tain­sid­ers and MTE’s strength in the heavy haulage and tip­per mar­kets

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