Australia is a big country. Really big. The trucking industry plays a vital role in getting freight from one location to another – so much so that trucking competes successfully with the rail, sea and air freight industries as a reliable, convenient door-to-door delivery option and carries the bulk of Australia’s domestic freight across the country.
In Australia, the freight volumes carried by road jumped by almost 65 per cent between 1996-97 and 2006-07 and total industry employment expanded by nearly 30 per cent between 1998 and 2008. This rapid growth is set to continue on the back of a forecast doubling of domestic road freight volumes between 2008 and 2030, as well as continued expansion of international freight volumes.
Some 47,000 hire-and-reward trucking companies, employing a fleet of half a million trucks, are responsible for carrying three-quarters of the nation’s domestic freight. The road freight transport industry dominates the Australian non-bulk freight market, leveraging advantages in price, speed, convenience and reliability.
The industry's largest vehicles transport goods between and across states, and include trucks hauling coal, ores and various other minerals to and from mine sites and processing locations.
Lighter and thinner abrasion resistant steel grades, like those produced by Bisalloy Steels, contribute to an overall lighter weight of a finished trailer which can allow for a greater payload. At the same time, high strength steel grades are ideally suited to the cyclical and fatigue loading experienced by chassis rails and truck or trailer frames.
On-highway truck trays, chassis rails, trailers, wear parts and materials handling equipment can all be optimised through the weight reduction and/or strength increases delivered by BISALLOY® high strength quenched and tempered steel grades.