Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo rolls into town

Waikato will be every trucker’s destination when the country’s largest transport and heavy equipment tradeshow rolls into Mystery Creek on Thursday 2 March.
Since its inception 12 years ago, the four-yearly event has continued to grow and is now the only nationally recognised heavy vehicle tradeshow in the country.
Held over three days in the first weekend of March, THE Expo attracts industry professionals from the transport, logistics and heavy equipment sectors throughout New Zealand, providing the opportunity for collaboration, industry specific information on best health and safety practices and the latest innovations.
With infrastructure growth and the development of projects such as the Waikato Expressway, the heavy vehicle industry is becoming increasingly relevant both locally and nationally.
Motor Industry Association CEO David Crawford said heavy vehicles and related equipment are key components forming the backbone of New Zealand’s hardworking infrastructure and productive economy, and this is an opportunity for the sector to come together.
“THE Expo is New Zealand’s only all-encompassing transport and heavy equipment expo, showcasing for customers and visitors the latest heavy vehicle models available, the extensive range of new technologies and covers a wide ranging display of equipment” said Crawford.
The event outlook is positive with exhibiter numbers exceeding the expectations of event manager Ammie Hardie.
“The industry is really booming at the moment and it’s exciting to see so many exhibitors choosing not only to return but also increase their event presence” said Hardie.
Truck launches from industry powerhouses Hyundai, Kenworth and Mercedes-Benz are sure to attract crowds.
Southpac general sales manager Richard Smart said they chose to launch their new Kenworth T610 at THE Expo 2017 ahead of its public launch at the Brisbane Truck Show in May.
“We wanted to give all our New Zealand customers the opportunity to see it first. Kenworth worked really closely with us to make it happen and get the first three production T610s for our New Zealand clients built” said Smart.
With over 5400 industry professionals already registered to attend THE Expo, organisers say they are on track to receive record visitor numbers.
The crowd favourite Show n’ Shine competition will be held on Saturday 4 March, breaking THE Expo records with 115 entries across six categories.
Hardie said they were overwhelmed with the influx of entries received.
“Initially we were hoping for around 80 trucks and we’ve been absolutely blown away. Entries closed on Sunday and we’ve had to get quite tough because we won’t be able to fit any more in” said Hardie.
On show will be an impressive display of highly polished chrome, pristine paint jobs and slick curtain sides and the title of Supreme Award Winner is at stake. A huge amount of effort goes into maintaining these trucks and the competition is fierce.
A collection of heritage vehicles coordinated by the Northern Classic Commercials Club will be on display to celebrate trucking milestones over the decades.
Included in the line-up will be classic Kenworths, Internationals, Fords, Chevrolets and more, as well as a special collection of vintage military vehicles.
THE Expo is held at Mystery Creek Events Centre 2-4 March 2017 and those working in the industry can register for free at theexpo.co.nz before 8pm, 1 March 2017. Gate sales will be available for the public.