Toll Appointment, Western Star Awards, 40 Years of Lowes, Isuzu on Display and a Telematics Milestone

A Toll Appointment, Western Star Awards, 40 Years of Lowes, Isuzu on Display and a Telematics Milestone in this week’s Diesel News.

New CFO for Toll

Toll Holdings is taking action on its promised executive reshuffle, appointing a new Chief Financial Officer to help it return to profitability on the back of its $1.43 billion loss.

Toll Holding has appointed former Treasury Wine Estates finances boss, Noel Meehan, as its new CFO, effective 20 September, The Australian has reported.

“Noel brings significant commercial acumen and leadership capabilities to Toll,” Toll’s Managing Director, Michael Byrne, told the newspaper.

“He will be pivotal in supporting our transformation program by providing a transparent, disciplined and highly focused approach to our financial reporting and building a high-performing global finance function.”


Western Star Anniversary Party

There was a great range of trucks on display at Penske Commercial Vehicles’ Western Star Trucks ‘Show n Shine’ event, held on 9 September.
The event celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Western Star Trucks brand, and featured a range of activities including appearances by Shell V-Power Racing drivers Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin, a Shell V-Power Racing car and MC Neil Crompton.
Held at the Mt Cotton Training Centre, the trucks on display were judged and over $50,000 worth of prizes were awarded across a range of categories, including KS Easter’s customised 200th truck which took out both the ‘Truck of the Show’ and the ‘Best Western Star under five years’ awards.
“It was a fantastic day seeing all the Western Star and White trucks on display looking their best!” said Kevin Dennis, Managing Director, Penske Commercial Vehicles.
“We know how passionate Western Star owners are, so it was a pleasure to host the Show n Shine and have such a great turnout of owners and drivers and their families and friends.
“In keeping with Penske’s customers first philosophy, our aim is to meet directly with customers through our events and through our dealers.”

Show and Shine award winners:

Truck of the Show
K S Easter
Western Star 4800FXB ‘200th’ truck

Best Western Star under five years (1–5 years)
K S Easter
Western Star 4800FXB ‘200th’ truck

Best Western Star under 10 years (5–10 years)
Corbet’s Group
Western Star 4900 truck

Best Western Star over 10 years (10 years and beyond)
North QLD Truck & Machinery Movements
Western Star 4800FXC ‘PhatCat’ truck

Best Western Star Fleet
K S Easter
Western Star 4800FXBs and 5800 trucks

Best Western Star Tipper
Vince Humphreys
Western Star 4800 truck

Best Heritage White Truck
TRN Haulage
White Road Commander


Four Decades of Lowes

Lowes Petroleum Service has celebrated 40 years in business by partnering with not-for-profit, MND and Me Foundation, to raise funds for people living with Motor Neurone Disease.

“As part of our celebrations we have partnered with the MND and Me Foundation to raise funds to care and to cure Motor Neurone Disease,” the company said.

“Two Australians each day are diagnosed and die from Motor Neurone Disease, with a further 14 people forever affected by the diagnosis. MND and Me focus on four key areas – care, research, awareness and community engagement.

“Lowes is proud to partner with MND and Me to support patients and families during their time of need, to care and to cure. Lowes has been serving regional communities for 40 years, together through the good times and the challenging times.”

Lowes was founded in Boggabilla, New South Wales, in 1977 and started business with one driver and a single truck, serving regional Australia.


Isuzu on Display at Henty Machinery Field Days

Isuzu will showcase its off-highway engines at the Henty Machinery Field Days festival in Henty, New South Wales, 19–21 September.

“We’re really excited to be headed back to Henty Field Days after last year’s experience, which was really positive,” said Rod Best, Isuzu Engines Sales Manager.

“In the agricultural sector, productivity, reliability and efficiency are really important. Isuzu staff will be there to showcase our off-highway engines and to demonstrate their applications and capacities.

“This year’s display will include a substantial selection of our range and we’ll have staff there to run through each engine, its usage, and to answer any queries,” he said.

According to Isuzu, a mix of engines – ranging between two, three, four and six-cylinder models – will be onsite for attendees to inspect, while experienced off-highway engine experts will be present to answer questions.


Major ANZ Milestone for Teletrac Navman

Telematics provider Teletrac Navman has reached the 100,000-asset milestone across its Australian and New Zealand customers.

It recently installed its GPS fleet tracking technology in the Safety MAN Road Safety Truck, an initiative led by the NZ Trucking Association.

“We work with thousands of companies across Aotearoa, from grassroots family businesses to large multinational operators in transport, construction and professional services, and we are thrilled to reach this milestone,” said Ian Daniel, Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific, Teletrac Navman.

“We track everything from powerful freight trucks to SPCA Auckland’s rescue vans, and nippy Domino’s Pizza delivery vehicles to tradies’ tool-laden utes. Our heritage is rooted in New Zealand and we proudly partner with our Kiwi customers to leverage technology to increase productivity and profitability of their businesses.”

The global fleet and asset management solutions provider’s beginnings trace back to Auckland in 1986, with vehicles in New Zealand and Australia representing around one fifth of the 550,000 vehicles and assets that Teletrac Navman tracks and manages worldwide.