The Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has launched the 50-year anniversary Brisbane Truck Show, to be held from 25-28 May 2017 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Up to 300 exhibitors will fill the convention centre in the fourth year the show has been held at the venue, showcasing the latest trucks, trailers, components and accessories.

According to show manager Noelene Bradley, demand for exhibitor space is already strong.

“We have a waiting list of prospective exhibitors that we are trying to accommodate. The show promises an exciting experience for visitors with new truck brands, new models, new trailers, new technology, new equipment and components all on display.”

One major player in the market will be absent though, with HVIA’s Chief Executive Officer Brett Wright confirming Penkse Commercial vehicles would not be displaying at the show.

“Penske is an active and loyal member of HVIA and we respect the decision they have made for 2017. Penske Power Systems will still be displaying the popular Detroit brand. We look forward to the prospect of their full return in 2019.”

According to Wright, the 2018 industry event will showcase the development of the past five decades.

“The show has come a long way from its humble beginnings when twenty-one truck, trailer and component manufacturers and suppliers came together at Haulmark Trailers’ premises in Rocklea in 1968,” he said.

“We will use the occasion to celebrate innovation, manufacturing and workforce development with a special display,” Wright added.