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Made possible by Smedley’s Engineers, Industry Icon, is a series dedicated to honouring the unsung heroes of the commercial road transport industry.

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  • A quiet achiever

    May 2019

    A quiet achiever

    Since completing a mechanical engineering degree in 1997, Kevin Johnston has succeeded in a variety of engineering related roles with a number of truck manufacturers. His current role is Product and Pricing Manager with Hino Australia.

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  • Innovation-fuelled business

    April 2019

    Innovation-fuelled business

    With 35 years’ experience in fuel haulage, Paul McCallum partly attributes Inland Petroleum’s ongoing success to the uptake of the latest safety technology along with high-productivity combinations including AB- and BA-triples.

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  • Two of a kind

    March 2019

    Two of a kind

    Brothers David and Matt Dengate head up the engineering department at Queensland’s Tuff Trailers. Over the last 15 years they have relished the challenges and rewards of providing new and innovative designs and patented solutions for Tuff’s valued customers.

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  • A taste for tippers

    February 2019

    A taste for tippers

    Delarue Truck Repairs at Riverstone in western Sydney has specialised in tipper body and trailer manufacture, repairs and modifications for more than 40 years. Company founder, Russell Delarue, reflects on his time in the industry.

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  • From the ground up

    December 2018

    From the ground up

    Starting as an apprentice motor mechanic, Barry Noble has risen through the ranks over the years and describes the plethora of safety features in modern trucks as the biggest change during his time in the industry.

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  • Diversity builds ingenuity

    November 2018

    Diversity builds ingenuity

    As an engineer who subsequently gained his MC licence, Romesh Rodrigo has achieved much in his 18 years in the road transport industry. His varied roles have given him valuable experience across the European, Japanese and North American truck cultures.

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