TR’s Oz biz gears up for ex­pan­sion

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TR GROUP’S AUS­TRALIAN busi­ness is gear­ing up for ex­pan­sion be­yond its ini­tial Vic­to­rian base – mov­ing into high pro­duc­tiv­ity trail­ers for the first time.

In stage one of of­fer­ing trail­ers that en­joy 15-20% higher pro­duc­tiv­ity un­der Aus­tralia’s Per­for­mance-Based Stan­dards scheme, TR Semi Skel Hire has bought 10 PBS-ap­proved A-dou­ble trail­ers.

The pur­chase, which meets an in­creas­ing de­mand for PBS ve­hi­cles, marks an on­go­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with trail­er­maker Vaw­drey – tap­ping that com­pany’s ex­per­tise in the PBS en­vi­ron­ment, as TR Semi Skel Hire’s Vic­to­ria state man­ager Kim Kelly ex­plains.

“Ob­tain­ing PBS ap­provals is a com­pli­cated process and var­i­ous trans­port com­pa­nies are hir­ing peo­ple specif­i­cally to help them with it.

“Vaw­drey Aus­tralia is a pi­o­neer in the PBS field and we plan to con­tinue work­ing with them for all of our PBS re­quire­ments. At the mo­ment, PBS-ap­proved A-dou­bles are highly called for, but reg­u­la­tions and spec­i­fi­ca­tions change all the time, so with the help of Vaw­drey, we’ll be keep­ing right up with any changes and mov­ing along with them.”

The Aus­tralian hire op­er­a­tion has also in­tro­duced prime-mover hire, so cus­tomers can hire a full PBS-ap­proved trac­tor unit and trailer com­bi­na­tion.

Along with the re­cent de­liv­ery of the Vaw­drey PBS-ap­proved A-dou­bles, TR Semi Skel Hire has also or­dered a num­ber of B-dou­ble flat­decks to meet an in­crease in de­mand.

TR Group bought the 25-year-old Melbourne busi­ness – one of the largest trailer rental op­er­a­tions in Vic­to­ria, with a hire fleet of over 1200 trail­ers – in mid-2019.

It in­di­cated that the pur­chase gave it a long­sought foothold in Aus­tralia – and now Kim

Kelly, says that the com­pany (in which her father, com­pany founder Ge­off Kelly, con­tin­ues an in­volve­ment as a con­sul­tant and her brother David is the fleet and op­er­a­tions man­ager), is poised for ex­pan­sion.

“The ac­qui­si­tion (of the com­pany by TR) has opened up op­por­tu­ni­ties to be­gin open­ing up de­pots Aus­tralia-wide, as well as giv­ing us the abil­ity to pur­chase more equip­ment across more cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing PBS and trail­ers for the con­struc­tion sec­tor.”

TR Group, she says, “is bring­ing its val­ues over to us and we are hop­ing to replicate its suc­cess in Aus­tralia.”

TR Semi Skel Hire is cur­rently work­ing to es­tab­lish a new de­pot in Bris­bane – to be op­er­a­tional be­fore the end of this year.

The next step, she says, will be fur­ther ex­pan­sion down Aus­tralia’s eastern seaboard…. “be­fore head­ing west.”


TR Group has added 10 high-pro­duc­tiv­ity A-dou­ble trailer sets, built by Vaw­drey, to its TR Semi Skel Hire op­er­a­tion in Aus­tralia, as it be­gins to ex­pand the busi­ness

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