Graham Lusty Trailers wins product innovation award

Graham Lusty Trailer’s (GLT) new high volume side tipper was awarded the Eastern Region and National Product Innovation Award by the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA).

Aimed specifically at the waste transfer and high volume markets, the trailer made its international debut at the Brisbane Truck Show in 2019.

GLT Chief Executive Officer Graham Lusty said the company is pleased to be recognised for its design efforts by the HVIA.

“Three separate companies have trialled our prototype trailer over the past four months with wood chip, green waste and general waste,” Mr. Lusty said.

“Feedback has been extremely positive and we are now ready to launch into production.”

HVIA Chief Executive Officer Todd Hacking said the judging panel recognised how the trailer’s centre of mass stays within the foot print of the wheel base through the tipping cycle, while achieving a tipping angle of 47 degrees.

“HVIA’s members are at the forefront of design, innovation and research and development, to make the heavy vehicle industry safe, more productive and sustainable,” Mr Hacking said.

“HVIA congratulates Queensland based Graham Lusty Trailers for their ongoing quest to think outside of the square, and to do so in ways that improves safety and productivity.”

GLT Chief Operating Officer James Yerbury said GLT wished to thank the HVIA judges for the award.

“Our high volume side tippers are a module design. Each unit can be easily customised to suit the application, whether it’s low impact product such as wood chip, all the way through to high impact builders’ waste,” Mr Yerbury said.

“Another manufacturer has controlled this market sector for years, so we are pleased to offer a lighter and safer alternative to industry operators.”

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Barker Trailers’ AFIA win highlights industry passion

Original equipment manufacturer, and third-generation business, Barker Trailers, received the ‘Investment in People’ Award at the Victorian Transport Association’s 29th Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIA).

The annual awards event, recently held at the Palladium at Crown, Melbourne, attracted 700 leading freight operators and delegates.

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Barker Trailers has been manufacturing semi-trailers since 1974 in the Loddon Mallee region and has production sites in Woodend and Maryborough. Brothers, Arthur and Ernie Barker started the business with a passion – to build great trailers with great craftsmanship for great customers, all underpinned by great people.

Over 10,000 trailers later, the passion remains. Through the ups and downs of family business, in a challenging yet rewarding industry, Barker trailers continues to invest heavily in people and its passion for craftsmanship.

Focused investment in safety, skills, diversity, leadership and partnership has seen Barker not only survive but also proudly strengthen.

“It truly is an honour to be recognised among industry peers for our investment in people, who are – by far – our most valuable asset,” said Barker Trailers CEO, Simon Meadows. “Congratulations to the team at Barker Trailers, and thanks also to the Victorian Transport Association, who do a wonderful job across the industry.”