2019 Brisbane Truck Show dates announced

While the dust is still settling on the 50th Anniversary Brisbane Truck Show; and while exhibitors are getting on with fulfilling orders and new leads are followed up, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has confirmed the next show is locked in.

HVIA Chief Executive, Brett Wright today announced that the Brisbane Truck Show will return the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 May 2019.

“We are delighted to confirm the next show, on the back of a very successful four days,” Mr Wright said.

“33,763 came through the door this year, tipping past attendance figures for 2015. More importantly, anecdotal evidence tells us that the audience included a tremendous calibre of business customer.”

The 2017 Brisbane Truck Show covered 35,000sqm over three levels of the venue, filling every space with a spectacular array of trucks, trailers, technology, components and equipment.

“Exhibitors really need to be commended for the presentation of their displays. They really went all out to create a special visitor experience, so it is gratifying to see so much business being done on the stands.”

Mr Wright says that HVIA are striving for continuous improvement and that the comprehensive post-show examination has already begun.

“Our visitor, exhibitor and stakeholder surveys will inform our in-depth analysis. No stone is left unturned as we explore every opportunity to keep improving different aspects of the show,” Mr Wright said.

“We’re very pleased with the outcomes of initiatives we put in place this year, designed to improve all visitors’ experience getting into and around the show during busy periods,” he said. “It was especially noticeable on Saturday, as visitors flocked to the show, the flow through the venue was uninterrupted.

“I’d like to pay tribute to our show partners, particularly BP Australia and Bauer Transport Network,” Mr Wright added. “We’re privileged to be joined by organisations like these to continue to build and grow a world-class event for our visitors.

“BP are longstanding supporters of the Brisbane Truck Show, and are greatly invested in the health and well-being of the road transport industry. The show is the perfect vehicle to promote those shared values with our audience.

“Our media partners Bauer Transport Network have once again provided comprehensive support through their digital and print publications. We also enjoyed the live video tours they punched out during the show that have lit up social media.

“NTI came aboard this year as Silver Partner and embedded themselves deeply in the event with their new Truck Assist arm, Faces of Transport and their popular truck restoration project to support the Motor Neurone Disease Foundation.

“Castrol Vecton sponsored the Heavy Vehicle Industry Innovation Centre enabling us to briefly reflect on the show’s fascinating history, create a conversation about the motivations and benefits of industry driven innovation, and explore new opportunities for industry preparing to transition to advanced manufacturing.

“Fuso and Warby Tools sponsored the HVIA National Apprentice Challenge, with terrific support from Tafe Queensland SkillsTech, and not forgetting their contribution to our Careers Centre.

“We also welcomed thriving young business Truckie Gear as a promotional partner.

“Thank you to all of our partners for their support and contributions,” Mr Wright said.

Mr Wright explained that over half of all exhibitors are HVIA members.

“The show is just one of many member benefits,” Mr Wright said. “It is simply the most high-profile of HVIA’s member services.

“In between shows we help our members to get on with business through our advocacy work, delivering critical information, technical and employer advice, training, relationship building, business development and workforce development programs.

“Our staff are on the ground around the country to provide members with advice and assistance as well as directing and influencing policy at all levels of government.”

Asked what opportunities there are for involvement in the next show, Mr Wright invited any interested company or individual to get in touch.

“We invite all friends of the show to stay connected as planning begins for an even better 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.

“Our regional managers are ready to talk to potential members and exhibitors. We also welcome subscriptions to our weekly newsletters or to our social media channels.

“We hope you enjoyed our 50-year anniversary Brisbane Truck Show, still Australia’s premier event, run by industry for industry” Mr Wright said.