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Truck tech professionals take out top awards

16 October 2019

Two of Australia’s most outstanding technical contributors to the trucking industry have been honoured with awards for excellence at the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner in Melbourne. 

The dinner, held in conjunction with the Australian Trucking Association’s 2019 Technology and Maintenance Conference, celebrated the professionalism and dedication of Jason Barry (Border Crane Consultants), who was honoured with the 2019 Craig Roseneder Award for technical and maintenance excellence, and Phil Webb (formerly of PACCAR Australia) who was awarded the 2019 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award. 

“Craig Roseneder 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,” ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said. 

“Therefore, it is only fitting that this accolade be awarded to Jason Barry, a professional who demonstrates a strong passion and longstanding dedication to the industry,” he said. 

Mr Barry was interested in all things mechanical from a young age and worked in a range of roles before establishing his own business, Border Crane Consultants, in 2011. He specialises in the engineering and compliance of heavy vehicles and has developed a safety and compliance upgrade package on behalf of the Australian Defence Force that has been rolled out nationally across three Defence crane models and implemented on more than 200 cranes. 

Mr Barry has been a member of the ATA’s Industry Technical Council since 2005, and was a finalist for the Craig Roseneder Award in 2018. 

Thanks to Castrol Vecton, Mr Barry will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to attend the US Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2020 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 2020 ATA Technology and Maintenance Conference. 

“I also want to congratulate Phil Webb, who is a most deserving recipient of the Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award for his technical innovation and achievement within the Australian trucking industry,” Mr Crouch said. 

“During his 44 years with PACCAR, Phil has become revered for his extensive technical knowledge and strong focus on positive customer outcomes, always going above and beyond,” he said. 

Now retired, Mr Webb started his career with PACCAR in 1975 in sales administration, before rising through the ranks to become Off-Highway and Export Manager with a strong engineering involvement.

“Phil had a great impact on the Kenworth brand in Australia, overseeing the Australian specification development of the L700 and C500 models, and ensuring the needs of the customer were always put first,” Mr Crouch said.

“I congratulate Jason, Phil and each of our award finalists, all of whom represent the true gems in the Australian trucking industry. 

“They are the hardworking innovators and professionals who keep our industry moving,” he said.