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BTE ups the payload

  • From the June 2016 issue.
BTE ups the payload

Bulk transporters like family-owned Condoluci Produce know that every gram of payload can help increase their profits.

To find the right equipment to meet that objective, the company has enlisted the help of Bulk Transport Equipment (BTE).

For more than 50 years, the Condoluci family has successfully built a transport business that specialises in the delivery of fresh snow peas from its 500-acre farm in the South Gippsland town of Leongatha.

Today, the family business is managed by second-generation brothers Loui – who joined the company during the 1980s – and Frank, who came on board a decade later and now handles all key decisions when adding new vehicles to the fleet.

In 2005, Frank expanded the company’s service offering into the bulk transport sector, which led to the purchase of his first rigid and dog combination a year later. The bulk side of the business continues to prosper to this day, he says: “We now cart materials such as fertiliser, lime and grain. With volumes reaching up to 50,000 tonnes per year, we currently run six rigid and dog combinations that shuttle those materials back and forth from the fertiliser sheds in Geelong back to the South Gippsland area.”

According to Frank, part of his role as a key decision maker is thinking ahead of his competitors, especially when it comes to how much his vehicles can haul.

“Our focus has always been on increasing payload in our rigid and dog sets without having to resort to using B-doubles. The majority of sites we access have small roads and tight entrances, which means turning circles are very tight. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for the latest tipper equipment that allows us to do our job in the most efficient manner.”

In recent years, Condoluci Produce has gone down the path of using Performance-Based Standards (PBS) approved combinations, which Frank says has “helped immensely in making the fleet more productive”.

The story has appeared in the June 2016 edition of Trailer. To read the full story, click here.

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