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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 never-ending story

    April 2017

    A never-ending story

    Greg Byrnes has committed much of his 38-year career in the braking technology industry to keeping Australian transport businesses safe. But there is still one issue that remains unresolved.

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  • Against the odds

    March 2017

    Against the odds

    As Australia’s largest privately owned OEM, Vawdrey Australia has set many a technology trend over the past 43 years – but if you ask the man who started it all, it’s the company’s committed workforce that continues to make all the difference.

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  • Feeling the progress

    February 2017

    Feeling the progress

    Bob Pearson, the mastermind behind the B-double, will go down in history as the man who helped revolutionise Australian road transport by introducing it to a new high productivity mindset. But convincing the general public of his idea was anything but straightforward.

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  • Changing the game

    December 2016

    Changing the game

    With PBS owning the limelight in modern-day Australia, it’s easy to forget that the foundation for high productivity vehicle design has been laid nearly 40 years ago and is indelibly connected to the names Bob Pearson and Bob Woodward.

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  • A coupling dynasty

    November 2016

    A coupling dynasty

    Even in Australia’s tradition-rich commercial road transport industry, only few people have been able to remain at the very top of the game over the span of 70 years and more – and even less are unanimously recognised for having shaped an entire design dynasty. Geoff Bartlett is one such original.

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  • Beyond business

    October 2016

    Beyond business

    Surrounded by an aura of humility and restraint, Grant Smyth is not the kind of industry tycoon you may expect to be behind Australia’s most prominent refrigerated trailer brand.

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