Perth Truck Show – small but impressive

The West Australian truck industry gets its chance to showcase the latest and greatest in road transport when Perth Truck and Trailer Show comes around and this year was no exception.  The city’s  Convention and Exhibition Centre hosted the transport expo  and while some manufacturers weren’t there, those that were  put on a good show for a state that is hugely dependent on road transport.

The show boasted 120 exhibitors filling the exhibition hall along with the foyer and an external display area outside the venue. Running from Friday 24 July till Sunday 26t July the three day show  was presented by the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of WA.

Many of the things that were displayed at the recent Brisbane Show were shipped across the Nullarbor for the Perth Show including the new improved cabin interior for the Kenworth K 200, soon to be released updated the Isuzu N Series,  Scania’s Green and Euro 6 compliant range, Navistar’s show stopping heavy duty Cat and other models,  the Iveco Powerstar 7800 road train prime mover and the all new Western Star 2800 medium duty truck.

Most of the displays  were run by dealers, with some exceptions including Scania  which has a more factory focus  to its retailing, particularly in WA where it has  been pushing some interesting strategic alliances with  the the heavy weight miners  with impressive results.  Volvo, Mack and Iveco were all dealer representations but Navistar and Kenworth were factory displays

WA’s unique conditions and long distances along with its isolation from the rest of the country means suppliers have to offer variants not available in other parts of Australia. A large number of  trailers in particular are unique to WA  and were on show giving exhibitors the chance to showcase their wares to local buyers.

Organisers  claim that better than 10,000  people attended the show over  the three days in Perth which is impressive  and certainly justifies holding a stand alone show on the western side of the Continent.