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Noske Logistics

  • Posted on Tuesday 8th, March 2011
Noske Logistics

For Tony Noske, it seems that transport is instilled deep within. Having established, built up and sold successful transport business Kalari, the transport veteran soon re-entered the transport game in 2005, founding Noske Logistics, a business determined to connect, listen to and understand the needs of its customers.

As a young and ambitious 20 year old, Tony Noske headed to the United States to try his luck as a truck driver along the nation’s east coast, finding work with quarrying and asphalt company E Stewart Mitchell in 1971. His choice to pursue work with Mitchell came as no surprise, given the fact that his father had owned an asphalt and quarrying business. During Tony’s time with Mitchell, there were many lessons learnt, lessons that would one day form the basis of his own transport operation.

One such lesson was the importance of looking after your staff and keeping them motivated. As such, Noske Logistics recognises that its employees are the most vital asset. In 2005, Noske Logistics started with only four employees. Today this number has grown significantly and the business is now home to 60 members of staff. A culture where the ideas and input of its employees are not only welcomed, but encouraged, helps to provide staff members with a sense of value and empowerment.

Noske Logistics began by carting raw material for glass manufacturing to service several contracts that Tony had acquired. Its operations quickly expanded and the business now carts a wide variety of bulk products throughout Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Its operations are split into four core operating divisions: long haul, short haul, forestry and wind energy. Each division offers specialty bulk transport services within these sectors.

The forestry division is heavily involved in providing innovative transport solutions for plantation hardwood woodchip exporters in the Green Triangle Region. Within this task, Noske Logistics will begin trial operations of a specially designed and engineered Performance Based Standards (PBS) approved Higher Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV). According to Noske Logistics, this vehicle will incorporate new levels of safety and productivity.

Recently, Noske Logistics has also placed a concentrated focus on activities and growth within the wind energy sector, extensively investing in specialist equipment and human resources in order to meet and exceed the complex requirements for projects within this sector.

Safety is the number one focus of Noske Logistics, which is an accredited operator in the voluntary National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS). Noske Logistics strives to ensure strict compliance with all legislation and regulations to ensure its operations remain safe and efficient. Under the NHVAS scheme, Noske Logistics has received accreditation for the Mass Management, Maintenance Management and Basic Fatigue Management modules. Entry into each of these modules is only permitted once a business has proven its ability to achieve the relevant standards, with systems audited through approved processes.

Noske Logistics stands by the belief that all accidents are preventable. Through continuous improvement practices, the business seeks to achieve and maintain its ‘Zero Accident’ goal.

Noske Logistics prides itself on its modern and impressive fleet, with the average age of its equipment being only 2.2 years. “The fleet consists of a combination of Kenworth and Volvo prime movers which are coupled with selective trailer manufacturer partners that provide custom built trailers to the specific requirements of the contracts that are undertaken,” explains, Tony. “Noske has been able to grow its fleet based on the use of high-end quality equipment. The inclusion of various safety features has formed the foundation of our equipment and has been the pinnacle to our continued zero Lost Time Injury record (LTI).”

The fleet is comprised of 30 prime movers and more than 75 trailers, from B-double tippers and walking floors through to specialised oversize heavy haulage combinations and 50 metre extendable trailers for the transportation of wind tower blades.

Tony says that safety and durability are integral to every trailer equipment purchase decision. “Innovation is a prominent feature within our trailer design. The overall key features need to meet our philosophy of safety, innovation, compliance and productivity. When purchasing trailing equipment, the decision making process is backed by over 30 years of experience and the existing relationships that have been developed with trailer manufacturers. The specific purpose for which equipment is intended to be used also forms a critical part of the assessment and selection of equipment.”

In addition to choosing high quality, innovative equipment, Noske Logistics ensures that all equipment in the fleet looks the part too. “Presentation and maintenance of the fleet is paramount to Noske Logistics,” says Tony.

The prominent customised blue and white branding was chosen because it was clean, clear and modern. “We regularly receive feedback in regards to how well our vehicles are presented on the road,” says Tony. “Noske Logistics understands the importance and benefits of integrating comprehensive scheduled and preventative maintenance into the day to day operation of the fleet. Our branding and presentation have played a large part in our success.”

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