O’Phee delivers new BoXLoader model

Established in 1982 as a specialist courier company in Melbourne, Gregorys has grown into one of the largest privately owned transport and logistics businesses in Australia. Today, it is providing warehousing and distribution, contract cartage and taxi truck services all around the continent – as well as a growing percentage of containerised transport.

To meet the constantly growing demand for wharf transport services around the country, newly appointed National Fleet Manager, Philip Speakman, has recently initiated a nation-wide fleet upgrade – the keystone of which is the latest incarnation of O’Phee’s BoXLoader model.

“My role was created about half a year ago to consolidate Gregorys’ assets around the country and determine what type of transport equipment to invest in going forward,” says Philip, who was tasked with evaluating the performance of all 400+ pieces of equipment currently running under the Gregorys flag.

“Due to rising demand in containerised transport, it soon became obvious side-loaders would be a key element of our future strategy, so we compared what was available in the market and finally met Mick O’Phee at the Brisbane Truck Show in May.”

According to Philip, the O’Phee BoXLoader on show in Queensland left a lasting impression on Gregorys’ management; so much so that it placed the first order that very month. “The workmanship demonstrated at the Show was exceptional, and since specialty equipment has to last a lot longer than a standard delivery van, for example, that characteristic is very important to us,” he says – revealing that each side-loader should be able to handle a decade’s worth of wharf work before the first re-build. “We lift a lot of heavy containers in the 18 to 27-tonne range at a relatively high frequency, so we were looking for a bullet-proof design that could go such a long distance.”

Initially, Philip ordered three O’Phee BoXloaders, but as demand kept rising during the build, he added a fourth to the mix last month. “We are in a very dynamic development phase here at Gregorys, as we add new equipment while sorting out old, inefficient material at the same time. I believe the O’Phee BoXLoader will be an important building block to creating a modern, lean and efficient containerised transport fleet.”

Read the full story in the current edition of Trailer, out now.

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