Showcase of Australia’s great heavy vehicle industry
The Brisbane Truck Show is a vital Queensland business, tourism and cultural asset, recognised internationally among 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 over 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 and 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 trailers, specialised vehicles, components, equipment and technology from 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 of those from outside of Brisbane, while 28 per cent transited from interstate and 11.6 per cent were from overseas, including senior executives and CEOs of 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 inaugural Brisbane Truck Show at Haulmark Trailers complex at Rocklea in 1968