This week in Diesel News we have McAleese, megatrucks, Truckline and Cummins apprentice are making the headlines.
In WA, Centurion, is purchasing the key assets in the McAleese heavy haulage fleet. This acquisition will broaden the operations of the Centurion company to a national footprint. This could make Centurion the largest heavy haulage operation in Australia.
Predominantly a Western Australian company, Centurion have been in existence for 45 years and the company’s CEO, Justin Cardaci, is quoted as saying the operation is strategically sound, for an operation already strong in the resources sector.
Truckline’s new National Operations Manager, is to be Phillip Stanton, who plans to modernise behind-the-scenes procedures for the company’s spare parts systems to deliver better speed and service for trucking customers.
“My goal is to strengthen the way our branches are supported from the back end, which will help our front line staff really deliver on our customers’ expectations,” said Stanton. “We understand time is money – our customers’ trucks need to be on the road, not in the workshop. When they need a part they know they can count on us regardless if their truck is American, European or Japanese.
“We have more than 25,000 products in stock, and more than 80 per cent of our inventory is held in our branches, which means we lead the industry in parts availability. But I believe we can do even better.”
The apprentice featured as ‘The Apprentice’ in the September/October issue of Diesel Magazine has been named inaugural National Apprentice of the Year by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia. Zoe Bull from Cummins South Pacific in Carole Park, Queensland, received the award at the HVIA National Industry Awards Night, held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The audience heard the judges commend the field of nominees and the quality of all submissions received. Zoe was presented with prizes including a trophy and tools to the value of $1,300.
Her citation noted her tremendous commitment: “Perhaps it’s a carryover from her time in the Navy, but Zoe’s punctuality, preparation and attention to detail, particularly with regards safety, is exemplary. Zoe’s excellent troubleshooting skills and use of diagnostic tools are highly regarded in the Cummins workshop. One supervisor is quoted as saying ‘if I could have twenty Zoe’s, I would be a very happy supervisor’.”
Report in the European media suggest the government in Germany may introduce new regulations allowing longer heavier vehicles on its roads. The dominant player in the European economy has long resisted changing dimension and mass rules holding back the development of heavier and longer trucks in Europe, as Germany is geographically in the centre of the continent with most major freight routes passing through it.
The few trials which have taken place have seen the use of 25.5 metre long combinations at masses from 50 to 60 tonnes, much longer and heavier than the current 44 tonnes and 16.5 metre rules. If the European trucking industry does adopt these new combinations, the Australian trucking industry could benefit when larger numbers of high power, high torque prime movers are developed by European truck manufacturers.