Top Trucking Instagrammers

Top Trucking Instagrammers

Top trucking Instagrammers get some great shots of their trucks and share them with the world each week.

The first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset are known as the ‘Golden Hour’ by photographers. This truck really pops in the low sunlight as sunset approaches:

Parking the truck on a wet yard always gives you great reflections in the image:

Another ‘Golden Hour’ shot with the low sun adding to the richness of the shot:

Mack Anthem’s First Outing

The Mack Anthem’s first outing at a truck show was at the recent Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Diesel News was there to see the new truck, to get a look and feel of the new model, before it heads over to Australia, some time soon.

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Electric Trucks are Becoming a Reality

Electric Trucks are Becoming a Reality

Electric trucks are becoming a reality, in California, with electrified overhead power cables providing the power to trucks delivering to the ports. Diesel News’ US Correspondent, Steve Sturgess, reports.

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Mack Anthem Coming to Australia

Mack Anthem Coming to Australia

The new Mack Anthem coming to Australia will be using the new platform released into the US market last year as a basis for new models to be developed. The Mack Anthem has now go into production in Mack’s plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania for the US market. Read more

Australian Trucking According to Instagram

Australian Trucking According to Instagram

Diesel News checks out Australian trucking according to Instagram. It’s a chance for trucks to show off their trucks or their photography skills

Here’s a great shot using backlighting to create some dust and some atmosphere:

    The Mack Anthem came out in the USA last year. The question is as to whether this new styling from the US truck maker may be introduced as part of a future model range here in Australia? Watch this space!

What’s not to love? #MackAnthem ❤️ A post shared by Mack Trucks (@macktrucks) on

 

 

Australian Trucking According to Instagram

 

Here we have another truckie/photographer getting the lighting just right. The natural light from the roof lights and doors mixes with the artificial light from the big sodium lamps to achieve just the right effect:

A post shared by Jack Kearney (@jacko_604) on

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Truckie and Instagram

The Truckie and Instagram

In Australia, the truckie and instagram have a close relationship. Proud of their trucks, our truckies like to post photos of them on Instagram, to be admired by others in the industry. Today we are looking a selection of shots of favourite trucks by their proud owners or drivers, trying to get the trucks in their best light.

 

 

There’s something about the Mack Superliner, which gets the blood pumping just a little. Maybe it’s just that distinctive V8 roar!


 

 

 

Unloading in Lismore this driver gets the low rising sun to add drama to the image of their B-double set:

On the Saturday morning unload in Lismore! #mainfreight #freightisgreat A post shared by Mcleans Freight Service (@mcleansfreightservice) on

 

 

Yet again in a low light situation. Turn on the marker lights and let the camera do the rest.

 

 

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The Trucking World According to Instagram

The Trucking World According to Instagram

Looking at the the Trucking World According to Instagram, we see some great photography skills by people in the industry.

Yes, there are still a few Magnums knocking around and working hard.

Here’s an amazing overhead shot of a load of sheep on the top deck of the trailer.

Clean looking B-double set.

It’s Access, Stupid!

Manufacturing in Australia Is Dead!

We are constantly being told manufacturing in Australia is dead! In fact, we in the trucking industry know manufacturing in Australia is far from dead, as far as trucks, trailers and trucking is concerned.

 

Yes, Holden, Ford, Toyota and Mitsubishi have bitten the dust – and the kind of large scale mass manufacturing needed to make cars has probably gone, never to return. There are, however, some big companies in Australia making big bucks from vehicle manufacture, they just aren’t high-profile businesses constantly in the public eye.

 

Last week, Diesel News made its way to the Volvo Group’s Wacol truck assembly plant to see trucks number 60,000 and 60,001 roll off the end of the production line, one Volvo FH and a Mack Superliner.

 

They were wrapped in green and gold artwork displaying the Australia Made logo – they are able to show this label as the manufacturing process is deemed by the Australia Made organisation to meet its criteria.

 

‘What criteria?’ I hear you ask. Well, the criteria for manufactured products were changed in February this year from a narrow definition of a 50-per-cent-of-the-cost-of-production test to a new definition which talks about a ‘substantial transformation’.

 

The definition now goes like this:

 

“A fundamental change – in form, appearance or nature, such that the goods existing after the change are new and different goods from those existing before the change.

What does that mean?

It means that simple treatments or processing – such as repackaging or mere assembly – are not likely to qualify an otherwise imported good for the ‘Made in Australia’ claim.

An item must be ‘substantially transformed’ in Australia.”

 

The Volvo and Mack product fit the new description, as do the other two truck manufacturers putting together trucks in Australia, Kenworth and Iveco. All three take a slightly different approach to the way a truck is made, but all fit into the made in Australia ideal.

 

Of course, the engines are not made here in Australia. Nobody makes engines here anymore. The capital cost is too high. Volvo, Mack and, in some cases, Kenworth do not construct the cabins in Australia either, but just about everything else is sourced here. Iveco actually presses the raw steel to make the cabins for the Acco trucks that collect our garbage and deliver our concrete.

 

When we look at the trailers being hauled by these trucks, they are all, with a few exceptions, made here in Australia from scratch. The trailer manufacturing industry is a true Aussie one. It goes all the way from high-volume assembly-line trailer making, to one man and his dog, with a welder, putting together custom-built specialised trailing equipment for the trucking industry.

 

The trailer industry makes gear to suit Australian conditions, to cope with our terrible roads and our – higher-than-anywhere-else – masses. The stresses and strains we put our trailing gear through are unimaginable for many of the trailer designers plying their trade in Europe and the US.

 

This is just the headline equipment that is manufactured here. There are all those component manufacturers also doing their bit to keep Australian manufacturing alive. I recently had the opportunity to tour the new Dana plant in Keysborough in Victoria. The company took a hit when Ford closed its plant, but the new facility is now buzzing with activity, building axles and driveshafts for all three truck makers who build here in Australia

 

Manufacturing in Australia is dead? Long live manufacturing in Australia!

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Keeping Tankers On The Road

SRH Milk Haulage commenced operations in October 1996 with one truck and tanker, keeping tankers on the road for bulk milk cartage to dairy farmers production plant at Hexham, New South Wales.

As SRH operate such a large fleet of milk haulage trucks, its prime movers and tankers accumulate hours and kilometres at a rapid rate. Maintenance and servicing of the fleet is a critical part of the operation. To ensure the fleet delivers their customers the best possible service and reliability, SRH insists upon and maintains a very high standard of equipment and experienced staff.

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Trucks Sales Up, Natural Gas and a Courier Acquisition

Trucks Sales Up, Natural Gas and a Courier Acquisition

The week in trucking has seen truck sales up, natural gas and a courier acquisition all in Diesel News.

In October the Truck Industry Council figures show the heavy duty truck segment continue to forge ahead, leading the continued recovery of the heavy vehicle market in Australia. The total market, truck and van, was up 13.8 per cent for the month of October, while year-to-date heavy vehicle sales are tracking 10.2 percent higher than this time in 2016. All market segments, except light duty, posted gains over the corresponding month last year. Overall the month was the second best on strength.

Kenworth continue to dominate at number one in heavy duty with the current production of 15 trucks a day netting 266 sales in October. Volvo, Isuzu and Mack also sold well over 100 vehicles for the month.

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