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TR Group acquires Semi-Skel Hire

  • Posted on Wednesday 3rd, July 2019.

New Zealand truck and trailer leasing business, TR Group (TR), has purchased 100 per cent of Melbourne-based trailer rental company, Semi-Skel Hire, effective 1 July 2019.

The acquisition follows years of TR investigating the Australian market and aligns with its goals to provide world class service in renting and leasing trucks and trailers.

TR was founded in 1992 and comprises a team of 180 people and a fleet of 5,500 rental and lease vehicles in New Zealand. TR’s customers experience a complete fleet management service focused on understanding the tasks that vehicles are required for and providing operational support to perform those tasks as efficiently, safely and compliantly as possible. This is underpinned by a team with experience, expertise and passion for trucks and trailers, and a culture and philosophy revolving around customer focus, continuous improvement and personal growth and development among its team.

Semi-Skel Hire was founded in 1994 by Geoff Kelly and is based in Yarraville, Melbourne. With over 1,100 trailers available for hire, and a further 70 on order, it is one of the largest rental operators in the Victorian transport market.

Semi-Skel’s clients value its high-quality equipment, the availability of vehicles when needed and the quality service provided by its team.

The Kelly family is selling to allow the business to reach its full potential to become an Australia-wide company while continuing with the core values that have made the business so successful to date. Kelly will retire from his role as Managing Director, although continuing to be available as a consultant to the business. His daughter Kim will be the State Manager for Victoria and son David will be the Fleet and Operations Manager going forward with TR.

Both businesses share similar philosophies with respect to being fully focussed on the transport industry and providing high quality vehicles and a great customer experience.

The Semi-Skel Hire business will now operate as TR Semi Skel Hire in Australia under the leadership of TR Group’s Chris Perry, who has relocated to Melbourne. 

“The Semi Skel team of 18 are a quality group of people and I am really looking forward to working with them as we all grow and develop as a team,” said Perry. “I know that they are as excited as the TR team about building further on the great business that Semi Skel already is.”

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