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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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  • 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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  • From wings to wheels

    October 2018

    From wings to wheels

    Planes, trucks and automobiles, there aren’t too many things with wheels or wings that Simon Humphries hasn’t taken a keen interest in over his lifetime. As Chief Engineer at Isuzu Australia, his current challenge involves the development of electric power for trucks of the future.

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  • In for the long haul

    September 2018

    In for the long haul

    Having been a participant in the highly competitive Australian Trucking Industry for almost five decades, small fleet operator, Joe Cassar, has seen it all … and then some.

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