Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Aus­tralia to salute in­no­va­tion

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FOUR NEW AWARDS have been in­tro­duced by Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Aus­tralia (HVIA) to ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate the in­no­va­tive road trans­port in­dus­try down un­der.

An­nounced in July, the new awards are the Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Award, Prod­uct In­no­va­tion Award, Peter Lang­wor­thy Fu­ture Leader Award, and Pro­duc­tiv­ity In­no­va­tion Award.

HVIA chair­man Nathan Usher says the new awards re­in­force the association’s vi­sion of an in­no­va­tive, pros­per­ous heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try, sup­port­ing the safest, most pro­duc­tive fleet.

“HVIA is in­tro­duc­ing three pres­ti­gious new awards fo­cus­ing on in­no­va­tion, re­flect­ing the ma­tu­rity of the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try in Aus­tralia and its lead­er­ship on the world stage,” Usher says. “I am also de­lighted to an­nounce the in­au­gu­ral Peter Lang­wor­thy Fu­ture Leader Award.

“The Fu­ture Leader Award has been launched with the sup­port of Peter’s fam­ily, to honour our greatly missed col­league, HVIA past pres­i­dent and in­dus­try leader.”

The Peter Lang­wor­thy Fu­ture Leader Award ac­knowl­edges young peo­ple who have re­cently grad­u­ated from an ap­pren­tice­ship and have demon­strated out­stand­ing lead­er­ship within the in­dus­try.

“Peter was a great men­tor to me and nu­mer­ous other peo­ple who I know will see this as a fit­ting trib­ute,” Usher says.

“Keep­ing with its proud his­tory, HVIA will con­tinue to of­fer the Na­tional Ap­pren­tice of the Year Award and the In­dus­try Recog­ni­tion Award.”

Usher re­it­er­ates that the whole econ­omy ben­e­fits from the pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­cien­cies gained through in­no­va­tive de­sign, en­gi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­ture of heavy ve­hi­cles.

“Our in­dus­try ser­vices users of heavy ve­hi­cle equip­ment in count­less par­al­lel in­dus­tries, rang­ing from ev­ery as­pect of agri­cul­ture and food pro­duc­tion, to liq­uids, fu­els and other danger­ous goods, in­fra­struc­ture and con­struc­tion, min­ing, re­tail, util­ity and emer­gency ser­vices, trades, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and much more,” he says.

“The phi­los­o­phy of con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment runs deep in our in­dus­try.

“Our mem­bers work ex­tremely closely with their cus­tomers to cre­ate so­lu­tions to their chal­lenges. That cul­ture of in­no­va­tion only con­tin­ues to grow with strong in­vest­ment in re­search and devel­op­ment un­der­taken by our mem­bers.”

HVIA works on be­half of the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try through Gov­ern­ment and its reg­u­la­tory agen­cies, which Usher says en­ables in­no­va­tion to be fully re­alised.

“We do that by look­ing at Aus­tralian De­sign Rules and Stan­dards, the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law and schemes such as the Per­for­mance-based Stan­dards (PBS), to en­sure they keep pace with the op­por­tu­ni­ties and changes,” he says.

The awards will be cel­e­brated at two events, with south­ern fi­nal­ists an­nounced at HVIA Awards Night cock­tail func­tion in Melbourne on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 19, and the awards be­ing pre­sented at the HVIA Gala Awards Night in Bris­bane on Fri­day Novem­ber 16.

En­tries are now open un­til Au­gust

31 for HVIA mem­bers through the association’s web­site.

HVIA chair­man Nathan Usher

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