Drake Trailers

The trailer news you loved in 2017

As we look back on 2017 we can’t help but marvel at the new developments in the industry and as a company. It’s a time in Australian manufacturing for transition, growth and opportunity – and construction of many innovative, impressive looking trailers. It appears these topics were at the forefront of our readers minds too. Take a look back (or catch-up on the news you missed) as we countdown the most popular articles of 2017.

10. Truck sales continue to grow into 2018

Truck sales continue to grow into 2018

It’s a positive New Year forecast for the trucking industry, so it’s no wonder why this article was shared around. The Truck Industry Council (TIC) announced that truck sales continued to grow, further suggesting that the industry is evolving.

9. Recent deliveries October 2017
Recent deliveries October 2017

We love showing off some of our recent deliveries of transport trailers, and it seems you enjoy them too. Coming in at number nine is our delivery of a 6X8 Steerable Lowloader for Betts Bower Haulage Group, who is a long-time customer of The Drake Group, purchasing their very first trailer back in 1988.

8. The Drake Group has merged expertise under one roof
The Drake Group has merged expertise under one roof

It was an exciting year of transition for The Drake Group. Over the past ten years, the portfolio of Drake Trailers has expanded, launching Drake Collectibles in 2010 and acquiring O’Phee Trailers in 2015. This presented the opportunity to relaunch as The Drake Group. Read all about the aligning of our brands.

7. The road ahead for the trucking industry (part one)
The road ahead for the trucking industry (part one)

Despite the tempered expectation for the road transport industry, many industry leaders have predicted a turning point. In part one, we look at the mining downturn and technological advances. And once you’re done with part one, don’t forget to read part two.

6. Recent deliveries June 2017
Recent deliveries June 2017

In June, two of our loyal customers added yet another trailer to their ever-expanding fleets. For Metal Transport Industries, it was a tri-axle Full Widener trailer and for Troy Heavy Haulage it was another Quad Deck Widener – which was one of our most popular models of 2017.

5. New guidelines on load restraint curtains available
New guidelines on load restraint curtains available

Are you a regular driver of a curtainsider truck? In case you missed it, the new Technical Advisory Procedure (TAP) was released in March 2017, amending the load restraints guidelines. What does this mean for our customers? Read our overview of the changes now.

4. Brisbane Truck Show 2017 wrap up
Brisbane Truck Show 2017 wrap up

It was the biggest event of 2017. The Brisbane Truck Show was a massive success, not just for The Drake Group, but the entire industry.  Innovation and technology in the industry made a big impact, and it was the first time ever showcasing the entire Drake Group. Check out the highlights from the four days.

3. Customer in focus: Leeson’s Logging & Cartage
Customer in focus: Leeson’s Logging & Cartage

Coming in at number three is our feature on Leeson’s Logging & Cartage and their customised, Quad Steering Widener built by Drake Trailers. Some of the standout features of this custom trailer include self-tracking axles, hydraulic suspension and a drop-bed frame.

2. Drake Trailers unique quad axle Tilt Slide
Drake Trailers unique quad axle Tilt Slide

When Patlin Transport came to us requiring a purpose-built trailer for safely transporting heavy machinery for salvage, we were up for the challenge. Take a look at this unique tilt slide trailer designed and manufactured for Patlin Transport.

1.  Drake Trailers completes major mods for Moolarben Coal
Drake Trailers completes major mods for Moolarben Coal

This was the most-read article of 2017 and one of our most unique trailer builds to date. When Moolarben Coal Operations were looking for an efficient way to move plant and equipment around their massive site, they decided to use one of their CAT 777 Dump Trucks to tow a custom-engineered heavy transport trailer. Read the story behind building this trailer.

And there you have it! Ready to add a purpose-built heavy haulage trailer to your fleet in 2018? Get in contact with The Drake Group today to see how we can help you in the New Year.

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