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Tech experts honoured in trucking awards

16 October 2018

The Australian trucking industry has honoured two of its most outstanding technical contributors at the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner in Melbourne this evening. 

The dinner, held in conjunction with the Australian Trucking Association’s 2018 Technology and Maintenance Conference, celebrated the professionalism and dedication of Tony Wright (Divall’s Earthmoving and Bulk Haulage, Goulburn, NSW) and Trevor Dickson (PACCAR Parts Australia). 

“As an industry, we are very fortunate to have such committed, skilled professionals going the extra mile,” ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said. 

Mr Wright received the 2018 Craig Roseneder Award, an honour that recognises technical and maintenance excellence in the workshop. Promoting a healthy and safe workpace culture at Divall’s, Mr Wright also demonstrates impeccable maintenance application, maintenance records and technical ability. 

“Our judging panel received an unprecedented number of nominations for this award. I would like to thank the panel and its chair Trevor Martyn for taking the time to carefully pore over each nomination in deciding this year’s deserving winner,” Mr Crouch said. 

“Mr Wright has been influential in the modernisation of workshop equipment and cost saving measures and is recognised by industry peers as a ‘book of knowledge’, having mentored and managed more than 20 apprentices throughout his career,” he said.   

Thanks to Castrol Vecton, Mr Wright will be sent on an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to attend the US Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. 

Mr Dickson was honoured with the 2018 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award, an accolade that recognises technical innovation and achievement within the Australian trucking industry. Working with PACCAR Australia for the past 37 years, Mr Dickson is committed to improving industry safety and meeting the needs of service people and customers. 

“Mr Dickson is passionate about the transport industry and has a keen interest in new technologies and their applications,” Mr Crouch said. 

“He is well-known in the industry, having been actively involved with TMC since it first began in 1996 and as a member of the program committee. The event would not be the same without his commitment and involvment,” he said. 

Mr Crouch said the awards are a valuable opportunity to acknowledge those who have shown outstanding leadership and commitment, with a particular focus on innovation and industry involvement. 

“I congratulate Mr Wright and Mr Dickson, our award finalists and all the unsung heroes in the industry who work hard every day to ensure our industry remain safe, professional and viable,” he said.