Peter Langworth has been appointed president of national advocacy group, the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA), following the retirement of Bob Martin.

Langworth is the managing director of DANA Australia and was appointed as president at the HVIA’s first AGM last week.

He will be joined by new vice president Nathan Usher, who is currently a national account manager at Cummins South Pacific.

Langworth paid tribute to work of his predecessor in turning what was the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland into a national body.

“I am honoured and humbled to be able to contribute to the HVIA and help represent this great industry,” Langworthy said.

“Bob and previous board members brought HVIA on a great journey including ensuring the organisation has a very sound base before undertaking our ambitious transformation.

“In passing on my congratulations for his outstanding leadership, I wish Bob well, however that’s not to say we won’t continue to take advantage of Bob’s wise counsel, as we do with all past CVIAQ presidents and directors.”

According to Langworth, the HVIA will continue to engage with other bodies to ensure the industry is as productive and safe as possible.

“HVIA was launched with a detailed strategic plan that includes representing the full diversity of the heavy vehicle industry including those involved in design, manufacture, importation, distribution, modification, sale, service and repair of these vital vehicles and equipment right across Australia” he said.

“We now have our new regional offices staffed with a very strong team who will be working extremely hard over this next phase of our plan, listening to all corners of our great industry, demonstrating the value behind our offering by responsive service delivery, promotion and particularly through strong and effective advocacy at state and national level.”

“HVIA will continue to elevate our engagement with all levels of government, the National Transport Commission, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and other industry bodies to ensure all perspectives are truly represented as we work to empower an innovative, prosperous heavy vehicle industry, supporting the safest, most productive fleet.”

HVIA is currently looking to fill three vacant director positions following the retirement of Martin, Chris Musch and Anthony Dore.