General Manager Rod Cunningham addressed 200+ delegates at the 2012 NatRoad Conference held recently on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
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 subject of purpose built equipment for this sector, focussing on the issues facing the transport industry as more operators field requests regarding the transport of equipment for the mining boom.
Cunningham explained that there was an increasing amount of transport work coming from the mining industry with more growth on the way, requiring operators undertaking these jobs to be prepared with the appropriate trailer equipment to suit the task.
According to Cunningham, the mining industry often requires heavy loads to be carried off-road or over unsealed roads in poor condition, which can damage or break an ordinary trailer designed for predominantly highway use.
Cunningham went on to advise operators that they needed to carefully select their trailers to suit the job at hand.
Freighter, for instance has purpose designed the Outback Series of trailers to carry heavy equipment on terrain of varying quality. These trailers were designed based on the feedback received from operators about their specific requirements for the vehicles to operate in the tough conditions of the Australian outback.
Designed in Australia by Australian engineers for the unique conditions of the Australian outback, Freighter’s new range of trailers incorporates reinforced mainrails with more cross-members, heavy duty combing rails and heavy duty tow couplings for increased durability. Cunningham adds that the Outback is built on Freighter’s history of making tough trailers for tough conditions.
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.