Grain harvesters are reaping the golden crop across Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales to a happy tune for farmers, and bank managers.
The big harvest has meant an unprecedented demand for bulk haulage vehicles and trailers to get the estimated 24 million tonne winter crop to storage silos and then on to mills and export shipping ports.
“The demand for tipper product has been huge and yes, if we could have built more we could have sold them,” said MaxiTRANS’ SA State Sales Manager, Kym Penhall.
Penhall describes how the grain harvest in South Australia is rolling down from the northern and western wheat belts and will conclude in the south-east in the height of summer.
South Australia, under the compliance oversight of the NHVR, is making full use of truck combinations.
“There’s a lot of variety of combinations down here in South Australia from B-doubles, road trains to A B triples,” Penhall said.
He said for these configurations customers are able to apply for a low cost permit through the NHVR portal to gain approval on the routes they want to travel.
An expansion of MaxiTRANS’ manufacturing and engineering capabilities comes with the opening of a new heavy duty trailer manufacturing facility at Carole Park, Queensland. The new facility will increase the numbers of trailers reaching the market and has been purpose built, replacing the company’s former facility at Richlands.
MaxiTRANS bulk haulage tipper products feeding into grain haulage applications fly under the Lusty EMS and Hamelex White flags.