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J Smith and Sons goes into voluntary liquidation

Queensland trailer builder goes bust after a century of local manufacturing

By Steve Skinner | November 27, 2013

One of Australia’s oldest trailer manufacturers has gone into voluntary liquidation.

J Smith and Sons, based in Gympie about two hours north of Brisbane, closed its doors this week and matters are now in the hands of Brisbane liquidators Deloitte.

Smith has built a wide range of specialised trailers including low loaders, tilt sliders, tipping container skels, sugar cane units, car carriers and heavy duty side and rear tippers for the mining industry.

“We just ran out of orders,” Managing Director Kerren Smith told ATN.

“Mining in Queensland has stopped.”

The manufacturing environment in Australia has also been “extremely difficult” in recent years, Smith says.

The company prided itself on innovation and just this year won the Risk Management Excellence Award at the Brisbane Truck Show.

The liquidation affects almost 70 staff.

Smith says customers have always been able to access generic parts from the company’s suppliers such as axle and suspensions manufacturer BPW Transpec.

“If we can’t supply parts to them we will make sure they are looked after,” he says.

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