A Glimmer of Light in Perth

The West Australian trucking industry has been doing it tough over the past couple of years but, on the evidence of last weekend’s Perth Truck and Trailer Show, some confidence is returning to certain sectors of the truck buying public. At 8,500, attendance numbers were down on previous years and, although there seemed to be plenty of people there, the event venue never felt particularly crowded, as it has done in the past.   IMG_9200     “It’s no secret that the industry is going through hard times, both locally and across the country; so the fact we had more than 140 exhibitors at the event and more than 8,500 people attending was definitely a positive sign,” said Peter Woods, Show Director. “There has been a definite shift in the industry in the past year or so, and we are grateful to all our exhibitors for sticking with the Show and extending their support to the industry.     “The Perth Truck and Trailer Show is held every two years by the CVIA, and has always been well supported by the WA truck industry. This year was no exception. Even in these tough economic times, businesses see the value of an event such as this, and we were pleased to have most of the major brands displaying at the Show. Even better that most were reporting successful sales and quality leads.”   Scania at the 2015 Perth Truck Show     The major brands to make an appearance included Scania, whose large bright display of new Euro 6 models made a distinct impression near the middle of the hall.     “There’s definitely been a lot of talk about the Euro 6,” said Scania’s Michael Berti. “We used the Show as an opportunity to educate WA buyers on the relevance of the Euro 6 and people’s views are definitely changing, which is positive.”     “Buyers can now see that they can have the power that they need at the same time as having the low emissions. We had a lot of quality conversations and found many key prospective accounts.” “There will be a lot for us to follow up on in the coming weeks.”     The Penske group of brands also took up a large display area, as did the selection of Cat Trucks on the the WesTrac Caterpillar stand.   PerthShow-2     “This Show was a pleasant surprise, in this market we didn’t expect to have so much success,” said Michael Regalado, from Volvo, Mack and UD dealer, Truck Centre WA. “We sold the new Mack Superliner from a new enquiry at the Show; as well as one of our new UD Tippers. People are beginning to have more confidence in making purchases, and that’s really great to see.”     Brian Firth, General Manager of Kenworth/CJD echoed this surprise in buyer interest, saying the event had stimulated some quality enquiries on the new T409, Kenworth had on display.     “Definitely a high level of interest, which is surprising in this market,” said Firth. “The T409 is a new offering from Paccar and we were pleased to be able to present this new model to the WA market at the Show.”     The Perth Truck was also the first outing for the combined Drake Trailers/O’Phee range of trailer product, following the announcement of Drake’s takeover of O’Phee, last week.     “We were pleased to be in the entrance of the show, and as always we found that the Drake merchandise was popular with Show visitors,” said Khali Lake, Drake General Manager. “We used the Show to launch the new O’Phee trailers to the WA market, and have definitely had a positive response from buyers.”     G and A Lombardi has been a long time supporter of the show and attended again with a large display of trailers. This included a triple set of trailers, specifically built for Toll, proudly displayed at the front entrance to the show. An American built Wabash trailer made its first appearance in the West on the Bruce Rock Engineering stand.     “We were very excited to have WA’s own participant from TV’s “World’s Toughest Trucker” at the show,” said Peter Woods. “Rodney Johnson participated in the reality TV series a few years ago, and came to the show to share his stories and show some of his favourite parts of the series.”