Over 30,000 attendees came together at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre over the last week.
Organised by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) on behalf of its members and the wider transport industry, the support for the event signalled its vital importance as Australia’s premier on-road transport business and networking event.
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the Brisbane Truck Show is about connecting industry.
“It connects our members with their customers. It brings tens of thousands of people from the transport industry together to network, engage and learn from each other. In 2021, it was about reconnecting these people,” Mr Hacking said.
“It provides a forum for discussions about what is happening in the industry, what needs to happen and how we are going to get there.
“During the event we hosted a forum for industry leaders to meet with The Hon Scott Buchholz MP, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport to discuss the threats and opportunities for the industry as Australia transitions out of the pandemic.
“We have worked closely with the Government on developing and implementing successful stimulus initiatives including the instant asset write-off and the recently extended temporary full expensing.
“these initiatives are creating an environment that enables road transport operators to update and upgrade their vehicles and equipment. The outcome of that has been very healthy deals being done on the stands at the Brisbane Truck Show.
“The 2021 Brisbane Truck Show has provided a unique opportunity to connect with the Government and its agencies on one side, while developing and fostering industry awareness and a stronger relationship with the community.
“That has been highlighted through the success of the activations and parallel events at the South Bank Truck Festival and across the city.
“The 2021 Brisbane Truck Show delivered all of that thanks to the indomitable spirit and commitment of HVIA’s members, the Brisbane Truck Show exhibitors and our stakeholders and sponsors who were resolute in supporting the event.
“To that end I will take this opportunity to express our appreciation to all of our partners who got behind the event and stuck with it through thick and thin.
“NTI Australia have been amazing supporters of this event and HVIA more broadly.
“Long-standing show partner BP Australia was joined by Morris Finance and Evolve H2 as Gold Partners this year – all 3 providing amazing support in their own way.
“Our media partners ARE Media have played a vital role in helping us to assure the community that the Brisbane Truck Show was going ahead and inspiring confidence and courage amongst the industry and its customers.
“Our Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week partners, the Queensland Government have been on the ball, along with Tourism & Events Queensland, Brisbane Economic Development Agency, South Bank Parklands and the South Bank Corporation.
“We also need to thank the management of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre who worked closely with us to ensure we could deliver a world-class event that met the requirements and expectations of our new normal.
“There are many other sponsors and partners whose support is also gratefully acknowledged including our Exhibitor Services partner Auto-IT, social promotion partners NXT Journey, and our National Apprentice Challenge partners Truck Assist, NTI, Isuzu Trucks, Warby Tools, and TAFE Queensland SkillsTech.”
HVIA looks forward to welcoming the industry back in 2023!