This week in the news, International, ex-McAleese Boss, Paccar locations and Toll Boss Retires. Iveco reveal some details about the line up of International trucks to go on sale in 2017, a former part owner of McAleese returns to run the operation, Paccar expands its PacLease arm to two new locations and Toll announce the retirement of Brian Kruger.
After five years in the top job, Toll announced the retirement of Brian Kruger, Managing Director. His place will be taken by another familiar face, Michael Byrne, who was Linfox CEO from 2006 to 2014. More recently, he has been CEO of Coates Hire.
“The chance to join the Toll team is tremendously exciting and a great privilege,” said Byrne. “Toll is a wonderful 128 year old global company with much history and much potential under Japan Post’s ownership to expand its already leading position in the Australian logistics market as well as overseas.”
Iveco Australia has confirmed the International ProStar will be released here in 2017. It will be available in a number of different specification choices to suit a variety of local applications. On offer will be day cab, extended cab and integrated full size sleeper cab variants and a choice of five wheelbases.
All models will be powered by an E5 Cummins X15 SCR engine producing 550 horsepower (410 kW) and 1850 Lb Ft (2,508 Nm) of torque, and operators will be able to select from either manual or fully automatic Eaton transmissions.
Iveco said the ProStar is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2017 and will release details of its Dealer Network for International in the New Year.
With the takeover by Centurion of the assets of the failed McAleese heavy haulage business, a former part owner of McAleese is to run the operation. This means Keith Price is now the man in control of the largest heavy haulage fleet in the country.
Through the transaction Centurion has also entered into an agreement on premises giving it a foothold in the heavy haulage market across four states, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. Centurion’s intent is to be fully operational by January 2017.
“Centurion is a financially strong and stable business that understands the industry,” said Justin Cardaci, Centurion CEO. “This asset purchase will give us the platform to access new markets and grow our business nationally.
“We have appointed former McAleese part owner Keith Price, who successfully ran the business until it listed, to be in charge of Centurion’s heavy haulage operation. This is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to capitalising on our new status as the largest heavy haulage provider in Australia, providing flexible and reliable solutions for all our customers.”
PacLease Australia announced the addition of two new franchise locations to serve customers in the Melbourne, Victoria area.
“As part of our planned growth and increasing demand for our truck rental, full service lease and contract maintenance services, we are pleased to announce the opening of two additional locations to service the Melbourne road transport community” said Olen Hunter, Director of PacLease Australia. “We are very excited to welcome CMV Group as our newest PacLease franchise and the addition of their Hallam and Bayswater Victoria locations will provide excellent access to our growing customer base in Melbourne.”