Cunningham addresses the need for heavy duty solutions at NatRoad Conference
At the 2012 NatRoad Conference held over the 3rd and 4th of August on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Freighter General Manager Rod Cunningham addressed the 200+ delegates on the issues facing the transport industry as increasingly more operators field requests regarding the transport of equipment for the mining boom.
Following a presentation on the mineral resource sector earlier in the day by the Heavy Vehicle Road Operations Project Officer from Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, Warwick Williams, Cunningham addressed the issue of purpose built equipment for this sector.
“We’ve seen from Warwick Williams’ presentation that there is an increasing amount of transport work coming from the mining industry with more growth on the way,” Cunningham said. “One of the key things that operators need to be careful of when undertaking these jobs is the need for the appropriate trailer equipment to suit the task. The mining industry differs from other industries in that it often involves carrying heavy loads off-road or over unsealed roads in poor condition. These factors can often combine to damage or break an ordinary trailer designed for predominantly highway use.”
Cunningham went on to advise operators that they need to carefully select their trailers to suit the job at hand. “Freighter has purpose designed the Outback Series of trailers for just this requirement – carrying heavy equipment on terrain of varying quality. We sent a team out into the harshest parts of the country to find out what operators need from their trailers in order to survive the tough conditions of the Australian outback. Reinforced mainrails with more cross-members, heavy duty combing rails and heavy duty tow couplings are just some of the features we’ve incorporated to increase durability. We then tested and tweaked the design to get to what you see today.”
“Freighter has a history of making tough trailers for tough conditions,” said Cunningham. “One great example is some 25 year-old Freighter semis we found recently working in the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea. These are some of the harshest conditions in the world. Trailers are bouncing down the road loaded with heavy equipment every day and 25 years later they’re still active. The Outback has used and built on that history, to provide a stronger, more reliable trailer for Australian industry.
The Outback was designed in Australia, by Australian engineers for the unique conditions of the Australian outback. We’re looking forward to introducing more operators to the benefits of this series as work in the mining industry continues to increase.”
MaxiTRANS supported the 2012 NatRoad Conference as a Gold Sponsor, part of which included sponsoring the annual dinner auction. Freighter, one of the well-known brands owned by the MaxiTRANS group, worked with NatRoad to offer an Outback drop-deck semi-trailer for sale at the auction. Following Cunningham’s presentation, bidding was fierce, with the trailer finally selling well above its starting price.