Daimler Trucks Brisbane hits road for open day
TRAINING takes on many forms and one of the more novel methods of showcasing the ongoing changes in truck development is to take the trucks directly to those who are dealing with them on a daily basis.
Which explains why Daimler Trucks Brisbane recently took a convoy of trucks to the Toll NQX complex at Karawatha, a state-of-the-art logistics facility situated on 13.4 hectares some 22 kilometres south of Brisbane's CBD.
Matt Oldham, Daimler Trucks Brisbane's Group Parts Manager, said the visit by dealership staff to the Toll site gave Toll NQX employees the opportunity to see the latest equipment on offer.
"The visit was for our internal customers; Toll's workshop, administration and sales staff, for example, to have a look at the newest vehicles and ask any questions. In all we had more than 100 people see us over the course of the day,” Matt said.
"It also allowed them to showcase Toll's new workshop facility, their operations and their output for the wider Toll group.
"We provided a broad vehicle product range, from the Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute through to Fuso and Mercedes-Benz trucks including Actros for the open day for everyone at Toll - from office staff to drivers - to look at and ask questions about them.”
Bringing the trucks on-site meant workshop technicians could examine them at close quarters, company bean counters could discuss running costs and drivers could get a feel for operational practicalities.
Daimler Trucks Brisbane also had sales representatives on site from each of its brands. Manufacturer representatives were also on hand to answer questions about the finer details of the vehicles, including the latest technology and safety advances, explaining the intricacies of the various systems.
Daimler Trucks Brisbane also towed out its custom-made barbecue trailer and catered a barbecue lunch for Toll employees.
The specialised trailer, which has had a recent refurbishment, has become something of a crowd favourite, Mr Oldham said.
Toll NQX's Karawatha facility is claimed to be the largest pallet and oversize freight depot operated by the Toll Group anywhere in the world.
Situated near the busy Logan Motorway, the site includes a 44,000sqm warehouse area, modern 2000sqm workshop and separate two-storey office building.
It is a prime location for large scale logistics facilities.