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Roohan, Dolly Project take out top tech awards

25 November 2020

The Australian Trucking Association has celebrated industry technical and maintenance excellence overnight, at the 2020 Castrol Vecton Industry Awards. 

Broadcast live in conjunction with the TMC Online conference, the awards revealed Dennis Roohan (AJM Transport, Beresfield NSW) as winner of the 2020 Craig Roseneder Award, and the ITC Converter Dolly Project supply partners as winner of the 2020 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement award.  

Dennis is General Manager of AJM Transport, overseeing 150 pieces of equipment and 100 staff members. Dennis has been involved in the transport industry for more than 25 years, starting an apprenticeship in 1994.  

“Dennis is a proactive industry member and demonstrates outstanding knowledge, ability and leadership qualities,” ATA Chair David Smith said.  

“Dennis is a longstanding member of the ATA’s Industry Technical Council, joining more than 15 years ago.  

“He currently serves at the ITC Vice Chair, and Chairs the council’s Productivity working group, and is well-known his expert technical knowledge and hands-on approach to workshop management,” he said. 

Proudly sponsored by Castrol Vecton, Dennis will receive a fully paid trip to the US to attend a US Technology and Maintenance Council’s Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition including full registration, partners’ program, return airfares and accommodation, AUD $1,500 spending money and complimentary registration to the next in-person ATA Technology and Maintenance Conference. 

The 2020 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award was awarded to the ITC Converter Dolly Project supply partners: MaxiTRANS, Jost, WABCO, Alcoa, Bridgestone and Hendrickson.  

“The project was a collaboration of the resources and knowledge of manufacturers, suppliers and operators all working towards a common goal,” Mr Smith said. 

“With immense support from the supply partners, this project explored the further development of a rigid drawbar converter dolly and came after ITC member discussions regarding the dynamic issues with hinged drawbar converter dollies, especially brake reactivity and tyre wear. 

“The needs of our industry are constantly changing, and this project and its partners are essential to ensuring operators and businesses stay up to date with best practice. 

“I congratulate our award winners and commend all award nominees for the important work they do,” he said.  

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