QAL to become part of Northline

Deal seen as perfect fit due to lack of overlap, while QAL customers gain more services beyond NT

QAL to become part of Northline
QAL to become part of Northline

November 29, 2011

Darwin firm QAL Transport will become part of Northline, the two firms have revealed.

Under the move, which will bolster Northline’s 30-year Northern Territory presence, about 40 QAL employees will join the Adelaide-based national operator.

QAL provides transport services to 30 indigenous communities across northern Australia and has contracts with clients including Coca-Cola Amatil and Independent Grocers of Darwin.

Northline pledges there will be no increase in rates as a result of the deal, which Northline owner David Harford and QAL Managing Director Ken Conlon describe as "a perfect fit".

Northline CEO Craige Whitton says QAL generates all its business within the Territory, so there will be virtually no overlap between the two operations, adding that QAL customers would notice no difference in their service.

"It’s business as usual," Whitton says.

"The only change is that organising freight will become even easier because they’ll gain access to Northline’s national network and a greater range of services.

"By joining forces, Northline and QAL Transport will continue to provide daily and weekly services to more than 18 communities including Jabiru, Katherine, Port Keats and Oenpelli."

Northline entered a five-year, $5 million contract with Brennan IT in May to overhaul and update its IT and telecommunications and Conlon believes this will benefit QAL customers.

"By amalgamating QAL’s operations with Northline, QAL customers retain all the benefits they enjoy plus they get access to a national freight and warehouse network and Northline’s multi-million-dollar investment in technology that will make organising their freight even easier," he says.

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