KTrans spotlights prominent trailer fleet boost

Vawdrey order to assist Western Australian operator’s mining work


Notable prime mover fleet investments gain wide industry traction but the trailing side has also seen recent action with Western Australian longhaul operator KTrans tapping Vawdrey for a significant order.

KTrans’ delivery of 10 new trailers include 22-pallet drop deck, 36-pallet B-double and 22-pallet straight deck LatchLiner combinations to aid the firm’s long-distance operations within Western Australia, including as a supplier to the state’s industrious mining sector.

The KTrans fleet now comprises more than 80 prime movers, 185 trailers and 49 dollies – all of which are tailored for Northwest Pilbara express linehaul services, interstate linehaul express, Northwest Pilbara general linehaul services, local metro jobs, wharf cartage distribution and warehousing and landfill waste transportation.

The trailing equipment comprises 36-pallet B-double drop deck Titeliners, 22-pallet drop deck/straight deck Titeliners and 13.7m skels, flat tops, dollies, skel frame axles and suspensions for compaction trailers.

"We have been a longstanding customer of Vawdrey Australia spanning over a 25-year period," KTrans company co-owner Craig Jolly says.

"Our close association is based on their engineering expertise; they have continued to lead industry and have set the benchmark in terms of working with customers, understanding their requirements and delivering quality equipment."

The majority of the Vawdrey trailers are put to use to fulfil long-term mining services contracts for Roy Hill Holdings.

"The Vawdrey trailers will travel from our Perth Distribution Centre to Roy Hill Mine (approximately 2,600km round trip) and Port Hedland site," Jolly says.

"Their intended freight task involves daily departures of general mining equipment."

Vawdrey's innovations at last year's Brisbane Truck Show, here

Of his newest acquisition, Jolly spotlights the Lift-A-Gate systems which complement the LatchLiner buckle-less tensioner and closure system.

"The elimination of traditional buckles helps to increase productivity and reduce the risk of vehicle operator injury; while the Lift-A-Gate enables an operator to quickly and efficiently lift a gate from the coaming rail via a strap rather than by hand."

KTrans has is also a beneficiary of efficiency gains from Performance-Based Standards (PBS), Jolly notes.

"PBS enables the efficiency gains we require to be able to provide our customers with equipment that is lighter weight in construction, fitted with the latest innovations, particularly Vawdrey’s LatchLiner curtains and Wabco Electronic Braking Systems (EBS) for optimal operator safety."

"The rollout of ADR 38/05 (EBS with roll stability) ensures that their drivers have access to smart board displays in addition to running smarter equipment at reduced tare weights."


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