What's on for the trucking industry in 2016?

What’s on for the trucking industry in 2016?

As 2016 progresses, there are a few not-to-be missed events on the horizon for the heavy haulage sector. Each event aims to share knowledge, encourage networking and help the industry, as a whole, face upcoming challenges and embrace technology.

Some of the higher profile up-coming conferences and events are below:

Global Heavy Vehicle Leaders' Summit

May 3 – 4

A big event for those in heavy vehicle sector is the Global Heavy Vehicle Leaders' Summit, which is presented in Melbourne from May 3 to May 4.

Key industry body the Australian Road Transport Suppliers' Association is hosting this year's summit which will focus on the key challenges the heavy vehicle industry faces today.

European-based TIP Trailer Services fleet executive Peter Sijs will be giving the keynote presentation at the summit. TIP has a presence in 16 countries throughout Europe and the United Kingdom.

Sijs oversees procurement for TIP's heavy vehicle fleet which includes 64,000 vehicles that can travel 5 billion kilometres a year.

"Every year, [Sijs] buys more equipment than the entire Australian market combined, so his word has weight," ARTSA chairman Dr Peter Hart said.

Annually, Sijs spends almost $50 million on parts alone and can replace up to 15,000 trailers. Other influential leaders in the transport industry are expected to attend the global summit including US-based Truck-Lite executive vice president of sales Tim Walker and ARRB Group chief executive officer Gerard Waldron.

Throughout the two-day summit, industry heads from around the world will come together to share knowledge on autonomous vehicle technology, international business development, and brand building during uncertain economic times.

International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show 2016

May 5 – 7

Australia's independent policy-maker for overmass and oversize vehicles the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has confirmed it will attend this year's International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show (ITTES).

Taking place in Melbourne between May 5 and May 7 2016, it is anticipated the event, which had a past annual attendance of 35,000 people, will provide fantastic networking opportunities for those in the heavy vehicle sector and related industries. This year, though, more than 40,000 visitors are anticipated to come to the show because ITTES has also incorporated the Roads and Civil Works Expo and Waste Management in Action show.

Event director Simon Coburn said he expected there to be a large cross section of more than 500 exhibitors from roads and civil, truck, trailer and waste management organisations.

"Over the three days, attendees can expect to see some big trucks, trailers and machinery up close and personal, some great live demonstrations, educational seminars and the opportunity to make important industry connections and investments," Coburn said.

"This as an opportunity to meet, greet and network with individuals, innovators and organisations from all across Australia."

Trucking Australia 2016

June 23 – 25

The Australian Trucking Association has planned this year's Trucking Australia event to be held at Sea World Resort from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 June 2016.

At Trucking Australia, delegates will have the opportunity to network and offer input into every aspect of the industry. These shared experiences will determine how the Australian Trucking Association tackles current and future industry issues.

Delegates will be able to directly add to plans through on-floor discussions, surveys and real-time social media feeds.
Additionally, those who attend will have the opportunity to gather valuable industry insights and training, which can be taken away and applied to their own operations.


July 19 – 20

Later in the year, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia will be hosting ComVec between 19 and 20 July 2016.
ComVec is a two-day conference on heavy vehicle engineering, which provides a forum for information sharing on future technology, innovation, government policy, vehicle standards and regulations in the heavy vehicle sector.

Experts attending include legislators, consultants and innovators who will share insights on what is likely to impact the industry in the near-term, as well as the latest technological advancements.

Truck engineers will also offer information on new truck models, chassis' and factors that can affect equipment installation.

TruckWeek 2016

August 29 and September 4

One event to keep in mind is the 2016 TruckWeek, which occurs between August 29 and September 4 this year. Trucking Australia Association hosts this event every two years to generate community awareness of the trucking sector and its importance to the Australian economy. The nationwide event also celebrates the trucking industry and its dedicated people, who ensure the nation's freight arrives where it needs to be, safely, every day and every night.

At the 2014 event, a delegation of industry representatives from around Australia arrived at parliament house to discuss the sector's key issues with country's political leaders.

It is anticipated several awareness events and activities will occur for TruckWeek throughout Australia for this year's celebration.

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