Top trailermakers join forces
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.”
ey 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.”
e deal, eective 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 fth.
MTE’s 102 sales in the rst eight months of the year and Roadmaster’s 80, carry the nowunied combo beyond market leader Patchell (which had registered 158).
MTE Group founder and chairman Robin Ratclie says in the statement that the move is “a logical expansion for MTE, oering 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.
e joint arrangement brings together Roadmaster’s expertise in curtainsiders and MTE’s strength in the heavy haulage and tipper markets