The count­down is on for 2019’s Bris­bane Truck Show

New in­no­va­tions and fea­tures to de­but at south­ern hemi­sphere’s largest trans­port in­dus­try show­case

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The 2019 Bris­bane Truck Show is up and run­ning. Tick­ets are now on sale for next year’s event and there’s more rea­son than ever to start mak­ing plans to be there.

It’s no sur­prise that the ex­hi­bi­tion halls will be jam packed with all the lat­est and best trucks, trail­ers, com­po­nents, equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy. We’ve come to ex­pect that.

In record time ev­ery nook and cranny has been con­tracted to ex­hibitors want­ing to put their best foot for­ward at the south­ern hemi­sphere’s largest au­to­mo­tive show­case. In fact, if you want to go for su­perla­tives, try: the south­ern hemi­sphere’s largest busi­ness event.

The 2019 show is the fifth at Bris­bane’s world­class Bris­bane Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. The venue’s foot­print grew sub­stan­tially with the ad­di­tion of the Grey Street precinct in 2012. Thank good­ness – with­out it the build­ing’s walls would have burst open.

Ev­ery­body loves the warmth and fa­mil­iar­ity of the event; you know where things are, how long you need to get around and who is go­ing to be there. That doesn’t mean you don’t want to see some new in­no­va­tions and fea­tures. Well, the 2019 show de­liv­ers in spades.

Last month or­gan­is­ers an­nounced the ad­di­tion of the NatRoad Con­fer­ence on the eve of the truck show. The con­fer­ence pro­gram will pro­vide in­sight­ful con­tent com­bined with great net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and is al­ways a must on lead­ing op­er­a­tors’ cal­en­dars.

Put­ting the two events to­gether is so log­i­cal it’s hard to grasp why it hasn’t been done be­fore.

Add to that a plethora of events, ac­tiv­i­ties and ac­ti­va­tions held by the ma­jor truck man­u­fac­tur­ers and other ma­jor ex­hibitors. There will be free sem­i­nars, fo­rums and dis­plays in rooms around the venue across the four days of the show.

On top of that there will be new truck launches, com­pe­ti­tions, amaz­ingly in­no­va­tive trail­ers and tech­nol­ogy, on-site ap­pear­ances by well-known stars of sport, mu­sic, tv and most im­por­tantly from our own in­dus­try.

The thing is, you’re go­ing to have to keep pay­ing at­ten­tion to see it un­fold. There are go­ing to be an­nounce­ments made with in­creas­ing reg­u­lar­ity as the show gets closer, but let me say this – you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.


The Bris­bane Truck Show is a vi­tal Queens­land busi­ness, tourism and cul­tural as­set, recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally amongst the world’s lead­ing in­dus­try busi­ness events.

The event is owned and run by na­tional in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion, Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Aus­tralia (HVIA), who have pro­duced the event, on be­half of its mem­bers and the broader in­dus­try, for more than 50 years.

The show has a rich his­tory since it was launched at Haul­mark Trail­ers in Rock­lea, in 1968 be­fore mov­ing to the Rock­lea Wool Stores through the 1970s.

Prior to set­tling at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, many fondly re­mem­ber the show at the RNA show­grounds – the home of the EKKA, as lo­cals know it.

Aus­tralia’s thriv­ing and ro­bust heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try com­prises hun­dreds of in­no­va­tive trailer, spe­cialised ve­hi­cle, com­po­nent, equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy man­u­fac­tur­ers and sup­pli­ers in ad­di­tion to the prod­uct assem­bly of global heavy ve­hi­cle brands such as Volvo, Mack, Iveco, Ken­worth and now DAF.

Aus­tralia is a world leader in many as­pects of heavy ve­hi­cle trans­port. Aus­tralia’s heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try di­rectly em­ploys over 36,000 peo­ple and man­u­fac­tures, ser­vices and re­pairs some of the world’s most ef­fi­cient, safe, in­no­va­tive and tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced ve­hi­cles.

Aside from show­cas­ing the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try, the bi­en­nial Bris­bane Truck Show also plays an im­por­tant role sup­port­ing the Queens­land econ­omy.

Over four days, the 2017 Bris­bane Truck Show at­tracted 33,754 vis­i­tors, 63 per cent from out­side of Bris­bane, whilst 28 per cent tran­sited from in­ter­state and 11.6 per cent were from over­seas in­clud­ing se­nior ex­ec­u­tives and CEOs of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers in­ter­na­tion­ally.

With the as­sis­tance of the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment and Bris­bane City Coun­cil the 2019 event will build on its tra­di­tional strengths as a busi­ness tourism event; ex­pand­ing to en­com­pass a full week of in­dus­try and com­mu­nity events.

A full week of events and ac­ti­va­tions around Bris­bane will com­ple­ment those al­ready held by Bris­bane Truck Show ex­hibitors and show part­ners, all cap­tured un­der the um­brella of Aus­tralian Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Week.

It is be­ing built around prin­ci­pal themes in­clud­ing: safety, in­no­va­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity, ca­reers, knowl­edge and com­mu­nity. What that means in prac­tice is a val­ued-packed ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors – whether it is in­sights that help im­prove busi­ness pro­cesses, bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of our in­dus­try and its role in the com­mu­nity, or in­spi­ra­tion to pur­sue a ca­reer in our dy­namic in­dus­try.

Events and con­tent will fo­cus at­ten­tion on all users of heavy ve­hi­cles, ex­tend­ing far be­yond the freight in­dus­try, to take in build­ing and con­struc­tion, agri­cul­ture, re­tail, util­ity ser­vices, lo­cal gov­ern­ment, emer­gency ser­vices, min­ing and more.

Above: The 2017 Bris­bane Truck Show at­tracted 33,754 vis­i­tors, 63 per cent from out­side of Bris­bane

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