Every two years the Australian truck industry is back in Brisbane for the biennial truck show at the city’s convention centre. This year has seen a wide range of trucks, old friends and plenty of interesting developments.
The truck industry is going through yet another period of radical change. From the year 2000 to 2010, we saw a series of technological leaps being unveiled at the show as a series of new engines were introduced to meet the changing levels of exhaust gas emissions allowed. With all new technological advances being displayed every couple of years.
The period from 2010 to 2020 has not had any changes in exhaust gas emission rules, but it has seen an explosion in the development of electronic technologies, safety technologies and increased connectivity in and around trucks.
Now, we also see a sharply increased interest in electric trucks and other alternative ways of powering freight vehicles. The march of technology continues apace, it’s simply the technological field which has changed. This year’s Brisbane Truck Show was no exception.
By the time the show wound up on Sunday afternoon there had been an almost ten percent increase in patronage through the doors of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“It’s been an amazing experience to join the organisation in the lead-up to this event and it’s so gratifying to see the way it is supported by our members and the broader heavy vehicle industry,” said Todd Hacking, HVIA CEO. “Attendance was well up on the last show with 36,921 recorded coming through the doors across the four days.”
The 2019 truck show featured a number of new initiatives, with the addition of the new umbrella event, Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week.
“So many of our exhibitors are already holding dinners, drive days, factory tours and other activations around the city, we saw this as a great opportunity to help them leverage those investments,” said Todd. “The displays in Queen Street Mall by the Daimler Group and in Reddacliff Place by the Volvo Group are two great examples.
“With the support of the Queensland Government and the City of Brisbane we were able to bring that life in a variety of other ways too. We were able to open up Mt Cotton testing and training track for use by our exhibitors and stakeholders.
“NatRoad brought their national conference to Brisbane as a brilliant value-add for attendees. The South Bank Roadhouse has been a great addition to the show, allowing our exhibitors to expand beyond the walls of the BCEC and showcase their vehicles and their values to the broader community.”