A leading Melbourne skel hire company has been positioned for a place on the national trailer rental stage with the formal launch of  TR Group Australia, which was formerly known as Semi Skel Hire.

TR Group acquired the Melbourne-based trailer rental company in July 2019 as a first step into the Australian truck and trailer hire market.

Over the past year, TR has expanded the 1,300 strong fleet by adding 45 new prime movers to what was formerly a trailer-only fleet. In addition, TR now has more than 20 PBS-approved A Doubles and Super B Combinations, fully permitted in accordance with NHVR regs.

As part of TR’s strategy to expand nationwide, the company opened a Brisbane branch close to the port on Lytton Road in February this year, and its new 75,000 cubic metre Melbourne site on Boundary Road is set to open in September.

The business has operated as TR Semi Skel Hire in Australia since the takeover, under the leadership of TR Group’s Chris Perry, who relocated to Melbourne from New Zealand.

Chris says he is absolutely delighted with all the hard work done by the team over the past year and feels the time is right for TR Group to become known in its own right across Australia:

“We bought a fantastic business in Semi Skel 12 months ago that was extremely well-known here in Melbourne as a great trailer hire company. As we expand beyond Melbourne and add trucks to our fleet, we feel the time is right to be clear about who we are and what we can offer to the Australian transport industry.”

“TR Group has grown steadily over the last 30 or so years in New Zealand, on the back of being the best we can be at renting and leasing trucks and trailers,” said Chris.

“We couldn’t have done that without a great team and the support of our fantastic customers. Our aim is to try and build a similar business across Australia showing the same level of service and expertise so we can all be successful together,” he added.

“We appreciate these are tough times for everyone here in Australia, but our aim is to be ready for our customers with quality Australian-built gear at competitive rates whenever and wherever we’re needed.

“If we can do that, I’m confident customers will see the benefit in what TR Group has to offer for all of their heavy commercial short-term and long-term needs,” he said.

Since TR Group’s founding in 1992, the company has grown – to a fleet of 7,000 heavy commercial rental and lease vehicles and a team of 200 across Australia and New Zealand.