Concrete plans

Record level investments in Melbourne’s infrastructure has placed considerable demand on the many suppliers that service this busy sector. For Piave Concrete, to stay ahead in the game, it specifies purpose-built and high productivity vehicles from Bulk Transport Equipment.

The Piave story started in the 1950s when Northern Italian migrant, Gilberto ‘Beppi’ Crema, who along with his cousins, set up a small terrazo business in St Kilda, Victoria.

As the years went by, this business broadened its portfolio to include concrete, formwork and construction and developed lasting relationships with clients. In time, the firm pioneered in-situ, tilt-up and precast construction and grew to take on larger industrial and commercial projects.

By the 1990s, Crema established Piave Concrete – a major supplier of premix concrete for Melbourne’s burgeoning building industry and it continues to grow from strength to strength. The firm has a central presence in Port Melbourne with its own batching plant along with other strategically located facilities to maintain a competitive edge in the market.

Committed to investing in high productivity solutions across its fleet, Maurice Moffa, General Manager at Piave Concrete, has taken delivery of a T909 Kenworth prime mover with pusher axle and a five-axle Bulk Transport Equipment (BTE) dog trailer running 68.5 tonnes under Performance-Based Standards (PBS).

The rigid body is 20-metres-cubed and can carry 17 tonnes while the trailer carrying the remainder can manage 30 tonnes.

When compared to a conventional rigid and six-axle dog running at the same weights, BTE says the truck carries about 5.5 tonnes less, so you have a larger dog trailer carrying the extra payload.

Maurice specified this combination because there was considerably more weight in the trailer compared to the truck when looking at a six-axle dog.

“Essentially, we wanted to get more weight up front while still carrying the maximum payload,” he says – adding the call to run the combinations like this was not taken lightly as in his experience it is more cost effective to run a 6×4 truck and six-axle dog trailer on the road. However, Piave Concrete decided to run 8×4 and five-axle dog in the interests of having a closer payload ratio between the two vehicles.

“The quality of the builds from BTE are great,” Maurice says. “We expect to get the most out of our trailers.”

Fast Fact
Bulk Transport Equipment builds high quality custom tippers and special purpose trailers for a range of industries including the bulk haulage sector.