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Making a mark in the north

Haulmark Trailers new service shed in Darwin for trailer repairs and servicing and general truck maintenance, a company outpost in the country that made the brand famous.
Haulmark Trailers new service shed in Darwin for trailer repairs and servicing and general truck maintenance, a company outpost in the country that made the brand famous.

HAULMARK Trailers set up business in Brisbane more than half a century ago, setting out to build rugged trailers with the strength to match the then challenging road and track conditions of northern Australia.

In those early years, close liaison with northern transport operators such as Noel Buntine established the brand in the most trying conditions.

For decades, Haulmark Trailers were seen pulling cattle in the Buntine Roadways' double-decker Volume Plus trailers from Wave Hill through Top Springs and into Katherine meatworks or onto live export ships.

 

An older double deck crate being revamped in Darwin.
An older double deck crate being revamped in Darwin.

Since the 1960s, the Haulmark name has become synonymous with those cattle crates painted green and white, pounding along the NT beef.

From the early days of Mack B Models through the early Mack Super-Liners with the bullet-proof 320 Cool Power engines, the Haulmark brand in the Northern Territory supplied trailers to the likes of Buntine Roadways and later Road Trains of Australia, Victoria River Transport, Tanami, DW transport and many other operators.

 

Haulmark Trailers' new dealership and workshop at Berrimah.
Haulmark Trailers' new dealership and workshop at Berrimah.

It's hard to believe the cattle industry would be in such a place today without pioneers who matched prime movers with trailers to meet the needs of the North.

The relationship between Haulmark Trailers and the Buntine family went deeper than a supplier/client arrangement with Territory Transport Sales (TTS) run by the late Dennis Buntine and wife Lorraine being the sales and service agents for Hallmark until 2014 when Haulmark opened its own branch in Mettam Rd in the Darwin industrial suburb of Berrimah.

Darwin manager Shane Manning said the new branch is well placed next to the access road to Darwin wharf, close to the Vopac fuel loading facility and only a block from the cattle export yards.

 

ADF rolling stock now a big part of business in the North.
ADF rolling stock now a big part of business in the North.

Shane runs the parts side of the business, supplying parts for all types of trailers to a client base including defence, pastoral companies and major fleets throughout the territory.

Haulmark's bread-and-butter is still the provision of cattle crates, however the ADF has purchased a number of 60 tonne drop-deck heavy duty transport trailers in recent times.

With the military build-up in Australia's north, the branch hopes to become an integral link to support ADF's requirements in the Northern Territory.

In the workshop, manager Mark Collins said the company has got an experienced team together in a well-equipped, new workshop with the capacity to service and repair trailers with full laser wheel alignment facilities to set up all makes of trailers.

With an economic downturn in the North Haulmark Trailers' expansion is a vote of confidence in the future.

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