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Freighter helps WA start-up perform

  • Posted on Thursday 7th, February 2013.

Just a little over six months ago, Brett and Kirilly Butterworth established Brilly Haulage from a standing start. No customers, no premises, no contracts – just healthy doses of enthusiasm and determination.

Based in Kalgoorlie, the young business is specialised in pipe transport services for the resources equipment industry and was started from scratch after Brett and Kirilly met while working on behalf of Resource Equipment Ltd (REL) in the Goldfields. 

With a wide range of friends in the transport industry and a tight community in Kalgoorlie, however, Kirilly wanted to be sure she wouldn’t alienate neighbours and friends by pursuing the new business idea. So, she and Brett did a circuit of all their contacts and talked about her plans to offer specialist extendable transport services to the pipe industry before starting off. To her delight, apart from encouragement, she also got clear direction about the equipment she’d need. For trailers there was only one recommendation – Freighter.

“Once you get a Freighter you don’t look back,” she was told when talking about her plans for the future. And with that, Brilly Haulage was formed. Brett then approached Mike Dawson, Northern Area Sales Manager for the local Freighter dealership, MaxiTRANS WA, with some clear ideas of the kind of trailers Brilly required. They needed to be able to carry the large pipes that they had founded the business for, but also had to be flexible enough to carry standard loads should the need arise.

Based on these multiple task requirements from Brilly, Mike worked with Freighter’s engineers to design a custom drop deck extendable semi-trailer. At the first stage (closed), the trailer is rated at 32-tonne, stepping down to 20-tonne when fully open. Self-supporting loads up to 32-tonne can of course be carried at maximum length. This allows Brilly to haul minesite dongas without pedestals, as well as handling their customers’ longest pipe sections.

Additionally, when Brett was finalizing the design he asked to include Meritor’s reliable CS9 tri suspension module, along with wireless air scales. With read-outs on each axle, the scales also send live data via Bluetooth to the cab, where the driver can keep a close eye on weights without getting out and around the rig. According to Brett, the system allows Brilly Haulage to comply with regulations as well as improving efficiency and operator safety. When the driver connects the truck, he immediately knows what he has behind him.

The Freighter trailer technology has helped Brilly secure WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation and the business is already fitting interstate work in with the local jobs. Right now, Kirilly runs the haulage business with Brett helping out in his spare time away from work. The new drop deck extendable adds to an existing flat top extendable and means Kirilly now has two custom built Freighter trailers in a fleet that seems destined to grow. Both current trailers are road train rated, and the unitized bearings insisted on by Brett mean Kirilly is expecting 1 million kilometres between replacements. She also specified Volvo rims for the trailers, as she wanted to maximize interchangeability of as many key components between the prime mover and the trailers as possible.

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