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Media release: Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement and Craig Roseneder Awards celebrated at TMC 2016

26 October 2016

Pictured above: Cade Robinson, the winner of the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award


The technical and workshop industry recognised the achievement of David Coonan, recipient of the 2016 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award, and Cade Robinson, as the winner of the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award.

The awards, sponsored by Castrol Vecton, were announced in Melbourne last night at the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner, part of the ATA/ARTSA 2016 TMC. The national conference continues today with technical sessions and product training workshops for workshop managers and technicians.

The Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award is bestowed on an individual in recognition of technical innovation and achievement within the Australian trucking industry.

David Coonan served as the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) policy manager for eight years before his early retirement in 2014. David was unable to attend the awards dinner, so guests watched a video of the award presentation which was made to David on his farm by Justin Fleming, the ATA’s TruckSafe General Manager.

Noelene Watson, ATA Chair said, “Mr Coonan is a passionate advocate who has given years of dedicated service to the trucking industry across Australia. His major achievements at the ATA included his role in working through more than a thousand issues with the original draft of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.”

“Mr Coonan campaigned for the increased use of high productivity vehicles. His truck impact chart, developed with Bob Woodward of Barkwood Consulting, is now in its second edition and is a standard reference used in our industry today.”

Mr Coonan said, “I can’t thank Castrol enough in recognising others who have got this in recent years. I am just blown away to have received this award. Thank you to Castrol, and to everyone in the industry”.

“Mr Coonan’s years and contributions during his time at the ATA exemplify what good policy work and argument can achieve for the benefit of the Australian trucking industry,” concluded Mrs Watson.

Claudia Sclosa, Senior Technical Support Technologist, Castrol Australia Pty Ltd announced Borg Manufacturing’s Cade Robinson, as the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award recipient.

Deon Roseneder, the late Craig Roseneder’s son, presented Mr Robinson with the award.

Jason Blundell, Workshop Manager, Somersby, Borg Manufacturing, said, “Mr Robinson is very hands-on when it comes to apprentice and new technician training. He has also set up national discount structures with set pricing for break down responses including tyres, batteries, windscreen and service work carried out outside of the internal workshops. Mr Robinson was involved in the fit out of telematics in each truck, with geo-fenced speed limits with dash cams that constantly record.”

Over the last two years, Mr Robinson has implemented Mainpac, the fleet asset management software system to achieve standards usually only kept by dealerships.

Mr Blundell said all of these initiatives are a testament to his constant commitment toward improving the Borg Fleet department.

Ashish Kochar, CVO and Specialties Brand Manager, ANZ, Castrol, said, “Castrol is very aware of the need to adapt to changing times and are constantly looking at product innovation in order to future proof our products and relationships as the supplier of choice to many of Australia’s leading fleet operators. Castrol Vecton’s partnership with the ATA to sponsor the TMC 2016 dinner and awards is one way we recognise leadership and best practice in the trucking industry in Australia.”

Mrs Watson said these awards are a valuable opportunity to acknowledge those who work behind the scenes to keep Australia’s trucks in top condition.

“As an industry, we are very fortunate to have such dedicated, skilled professionals going the extra mile to put safety and preventative maintenance first in their businesses,” said Mrs Watson.

Mr Robinson will be flown to the American Trucking Association’s Technical and Maintenance Council meeting in February 2017 including full registration, flights, accommodation, partner’s program and spending money.

Trevor Martyn, Chairman of Judges for the National Trucking Industry Awards congratulated both of the award winners.


About the Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award

The Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award is bestowed to an outstanding recipient that is selected from a range of exceptional people who have all made valuable contributions toward the positive advancement of Australia’s trucking industry. The award is sponsored by Castrol Vecton, the world’s leading supplier of specialist lubricant solutions.

Roseneder Award

The Craig Roseneder Award is named in honour of the late Craig Roseneder, who was devoted to the development of a safer road transport industry. His passion, excellence and experience combined to create a unique approach to resolving challenges which confronted the industry. The award is sponsored by Castrol Vecton, the world’s leading supplier of specialist lubricant solutions.


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