The steadily increasing trend of Australian truck operators moving to European brands is not just confined to the larger fleets. Paul Matthei met up with Tasmanian owner operator, Dave McCullagh, who recently bought a Scania R730 after owning a number of North American steeds.
Innovation, Innovation, Innovation, build a better mousetrap, find a way to steal a march on competitors; these are among the elements of what’s required to stay ahead of the pack and therefore remain profitable and viable in the future.
In an era where small businesses are being swallowed up by large multinationals at an alarming rate, it’s refreshing to discover a family-owned and run operation such as Maleny Dairies. They are not just surviving but thriving by producing top quality products for which many satisfied customers are happy to pay a premium. Needless to say, you won’t find supermarket-style dollar-per-litre milk here because that’s not what this outfit is about.
SunChip has carved out an enviable reputation in the plantation forests of southeast Queensland and southern NSW, utilising the latest technology equipment including Mack trucks, Elphinstone trailers and Tigercat forestry machines. Diesel News spoke with SunChip General Manager, Dirk Koeppen.
Daniel Mavin’s long-held passion for off-road vehicles seems to have universal appeal. His enthusiasm led him to create Unidan Engineering, a Gold Coast–based niche business specialising in the restoration and modification of heavy-duty off-roaders, specifically the mighty Mercedes-Benz Unimog. Paul Matthei reports.
The latest Eurocargo can also be regarded as a highway hauling Iveco, according to Diesel Correspondent Paul Matthei. Read more
Bridgestone Tyres-owned Bandag was showing off its environmental credentials during a tour of the Brisbane Bandag facility for Diesel Workshop. However, the company was keen to show that modern technology has improved the process markedly and – provided the correct air pressures and axle weights are maintained – there’s simply no valid reason why retreads won’t give similar or even better mileage as cleanskins, while saving the operator considerable dollars.
Featuring a smooth Euro 6–compliant engine and the option of a high-roof cab, Iveco’s ‘Big Little’ Truck, the new Eurocargo ML180 ups the ante considerably over its predecessor. That’s the opinion of Paul Matthei after driving a loaded example from Brisbane to Warwick and back. Read more
Whole-of-life tyre management is an integral part of the Bandag business model. When fleet customers purchase a new Bridgestone truck or bus tyre, right through to the third, fourth or even fifth retread, they are assured of receiving the same retreaded casing, thanks to a meticulous factory tracking process. This gives customers peace of mind, knowing the finished product originated from their fleet and meets stringent standards across the board. Read more
While the act of retreading tyres is by its very nature an environmentally friendly initiative, Bandag continues to raise the bar with its retread remodelled. The company is incorporating the latest planet-saving techniques into its operations. Read more