Bom Dia Kennedy Trailers!
After many years of discussions and planning, Kennedy Trailers is finally starting to make some head way into the global market with its iconic folding log trailers!
In the last 24 months, the business has branched out and started to explore several opportunities abroad. The first opportunity was with Panus semi-trailers of Thailand, to try and get Kennedy trailers into their local Asian markets and also for Kennedy Trailers to help Panus with the design work on their general freight trailers for the Australian market place.
Most recently an opportunity was given to Kennedy trailers to research the South American logging market, in particular, Brazil. By a good friend of the company, Olle Melon from the company EMEX who are the local Exte manufacturer in Brazil. Brazil is one of the largest producers in the world of cellulose/fibre material (Eucalypt & pine pulp) used to make paper & cardboard products. One of the countries states cellulose/fibre log transport rivals Australia’s total log transport industry, one company alone owns 700 trucks!
Although there is plenty of positives for folding trailers in Brazil on top of the normal advantages we have here in Aus. Like the haulage contractors saving on road taxes with folding trailers because the Brazilian government taxes trucks on how many axles they have on the road (Too and from the bush). We have also come up against our share of negatives for this project, the biggest hurdle that’s been discovered thus far is that due to Brazilian import tariffs and tax laws Kennedys could not manufacture and export trailers from Australian shores.
With help once again from Olle, the task was set to find a suitable manufacturer in Brazil to partner with & build Kennedy Trailers brand locally. Over the last few months, Kennedy Trailers have hosted multiple representatives from trailer manufacturing companies, forestry companies and in the past week Cory has flown to Brazil for further discussions.
As of August 2017, Kennedy Trailers would like to introduce our latest international partnership,
Strong Partnerships are formed
(Left: Olle Melon – Emex Brazil, Centre: Lauro Pastre Junior – Pastre Brazil, Right Cory Kennedy – Kennedy Trailers)
Pastre is a private family owned trailer manufacturer who, like Kennedy specialise in customised solutions to suit specialised logistics operations. Using the Kennedy Trailers designs Pastre will build & distribute Kennedy Trailers products to the South American market using the same manufacturing techniques used by Kennedy Trailers in Australia, thus ensuring the same lightweight quality trailers for the Brazilian operators as seen here in Australia.
We would like to thank some of our valued customers who took the time out of their work day to show the Brazilians a little bit of how their logging operations work here in Aus and see some Kennedy Trailers in action. Cheers, greatly appreciated!
EjeKTa on the road
Finally we have an EjeKTa on the road in Semi Trailer configuration! Trevor from Welby Bulk Haulage in NSW was stoked when we took him out for a few test runs with his new Triaxle Semi! The main function for this trailer was to be used off road so it has been built tough with a 6mm Hardox floor and high sides so he can "fill it up!"
The EjeKTa continues to revolutionize the industry with more and more people understanding the safety aspects everyday.
Life-Saving Innovation Delivers a Safety Win For East Gippsland’s Whelans Group
East Gippsland company Whelans Group Investments has won a major safety award for an innovative trailer that will revolutionise the safety of tipper trucks and potentially save lives across the earthmoving and construction industry.
Whelans won the Health and Safety Invention of the Year award in the 2015 WorkSafe Victoria Awards for the EjeKTa trailer design, which removes the need for trailers to lift as they tip.
The award was presented in Melbourne today during WorkSafe's Health and Safety Week. The annual WorkSafe Awards celebrate businesses, groups or individuals who are making a dedicated commitment to safety, health and wellbeing and return to work in their workplace.
“We all put a lot of time and effort into developing the EjeKTa trailer and we are delighted it has received recognition,” Whelans founder and managing director Charlie Whelan said.
“The trailer design eliminates many of the major hazards associated with the earthmoving and construction industry.”
Whelans uses 15 tip trucks to transport rock, gravel, sand and asphalt in its earthmoving, road construction, road maintenance, subdivisions and quarry business.
The groundbreaking EjeKTa trailer uses a hydraulic motion to remove a load from the trailer, overcoming dangers associated with lifting and tipping.
Whelans and Bairnsdale company Kennedy Trailers, who built the EjeKTa, developed it together over 12 months.
Kennedy Trailers sales manager Cory Kennedy said the project arose when the Kennedys approached Charlie Whelan, a long-time client and family friend, with an idea to develop a super lightweight tipper for his business.
“Charlie said he didn’t want to buy another tipper that could carry more weight as he was worried about the trailers he currently had falling over while tipping,” Mr Kennedy said. “He suggested we put our heads together and think of something better.”
Over the next few months, representatives from the two companies met to discuss ideas and develop drawings, before Kennedy Trailers created the first prototype for an EjeKTa trailer, suitable for use in quarry operations.
“The biggest problem with a tipper is the height when they are tipping their load. Overhead obstructions, such as bridges and power lines can create significant safety issues.”
Another major problem occurs when material in a tipper gets stuck in the bin. This often happens around the hoist well at the front of the trailer, which means as the tipper lifts, the centre of gravity shifts dramatically increasing the risk of a rollover.
“With the EjeKTa design, we eliminate these safety risks and also deliver luxury benefits, such as improved cycle times through an ability to unload in 38 seconds,” Mr Kennedy said.
“The design itself is hugely innovative. Others who have tried to solve the safety problems have come up with Band Aid solutions for the symptoms, rather than addressing the cause.
Nothing has ever been done to stop the bin going in the air, which is what causes the problem.”
After creating a second prototype to fine tune their design, Kennedy Trailers now has one EjeKTa on the road with Whelans and two more under construction.
Soon the EjeKTa will be offered to the market, where it is likely to prove popular particularly for use in the quarry and constructions industries, though they could be used in any situation where a tipper is required.
“We have a long road to go, but the safety merit alone should be enough to carry this design to high places,” Mr Kennedy said.
“Occupational health and safety is a big concern in all industries, and the EjeKTa would eliminate a major risk for any company that owns one. And if our design saves lives, that’s a huge achievement.”
Saving Lives with the Ejekta
- Eliminates risk of falls from heights, as there is no need for the driver to climb up the wall of the trailer into the body.
- Eliminates rollover risk when unloading on high camber roadways or uneven ground on construction sites.
- Removes the need for the driver to break up sticky or damp product in the trailer body using a shovel or crow bar, which often poses manual handling risks.
- Eliminates risk of contact with overhead power lines, tree branches and low-level structures.
Kennedy Trailers Now Distributing Panus Semi-Trailers
Kennedy Trailers is pleased to announce their partnership with Panus Semi-Trailers. The two brands will be working together to develop and distribute transport solutions for both the specialised and general freight transport sectors.
Kennedy Trailers has a long history in the provision of high-quality transport equipment for the resources and logging markets, and see this partnership as an opportunity to diversify its product offering and provide fleets with even more choice through a range of general freight trailers including Skels, Flat Top and Drop Deck Semi-Trailers with more models to be added over the coming months.
Introduced into the Australian market a little over 12 months ago, Panus Semi-Trailers has enjoyed steady growth around the country as freight operators familiarise and invest in the market-aligned and “ready to work” trailers which Panus has built its Australian operation around.
General Manager for Kennedy Trailers, Cory Kennedy is particularly excited about the potential future and sees this opportunity as more than just selling another trailer brand.
“This is certainly a new experience for us, but after thorough discussions with the team at Panus, it is clear that there are strong synergies between our two organisations that will allow both our brands to further consolidate our position in the local transport industry and take both businesses to the next level over time.”
“Most importantly, it will give customers more choice and access to a broader range of value-added transport solutions which in the current market climate, operators are constantly looking to maximise their capital investment,” Cory added.
Even as this announcement is being released, Kennedy Trailers already has a number of general freight Panus Flat Top Semi-Trailers available for immediate delivery and customers can still expect to receive the same level of over 30 years’ service experience and innovation which Kennedy is renowned for.
Kennedy Trailers joins a growing network of dealers now partnering with Panus Oceania and the Company looks forward to announcing further exciting new initiatives over the coming months.
Kennedy Trailers receives the manufacturing award in the Office National East Gippsland business awards.
Kennedy Trailers is a family owned and operated business specialising in manufacturing custom transport equipment. Established in 1986 in Bairnsdale, Kennedy Trailers is now known for their unique trailer designs worldwide.