BTS 19: Trailer convention

By: Cobey Bartels, Photography by: Nathan Duff

The biggest names in trailers of every description were on show at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show

BTS 2019-2581.jpgOnce again, trailers took up as much space at the Brisbane Truck Show (BTS) as the trucks themselves.

More than 30 trailer exhibitors showcased their latest and greatest equipment at Australia’s largest truck event, striking the balance between low tare weight and durability.

The constant push for lower tare-weight trailers that’ll also outlast most trucks continues to rage on and, since the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Performance-Based Standards (PBS) scheme was introduced in 2007, the sheer variety of trailer and combination types is hard to keep up with.

Read our wrap of the trucks on display at the Brisbane Truck Show, here

From deck wideners through to fridge trailers and even tankers, there was something for everybody across the trailer exhibitors with a continued focus on high-productivity and safety.

It’s rare, if not impossible, to find this many superstar trailer manufacturers in one place, and it really puts into perspective how high the quality of Australian trailer manufacturing is.

For the most part, our top BTS finds were Australian-owned trailer manufacturers.

We can’t wait to see what 2021 holds for the trailer industry!

Here are some of the standout manufacturer displays on show:

Drake Group

  • Last year, the iconic Australian trailer manufacturer, Drake Group, hit the big 6-0 and third generation worker in the family business and sales manager Sam Drake talked to us about the company’s underlying DNA.

    See it here: Drake's DNA

Rhino Trailers

  • Another Queensland-based trailer manufacturer, Rhino Trailers is known for building some of the toughest gear in the game.

    See it here: Rhino on the Charge

Holmwood Highgate

Toyota Hilux - best selling ute
  • The third Brisbane-Based trailer manufacturer, Holmwood Highgate, had a ripper display for the show and yes, there is a theme here – they obviously build them well in Queensland.

    See it here: No Place Like Holmwood


  • Family-owned business Vawdrey has 45 years’ experience in the trailer game and the innovations just keep coming.

    See it here: Vawdrey's Innovations

Bruce Rock Engineering

  • Western Australian trailer superstar Bruce Rock Engineering had a terrific stand as usual, showing off its side tippers as well as Wabash offerings.

    See it here: Bruce Rocks On




Byrne Trailers are a large display, including this nicely constructed livestock trailer, destined to haul Macka’s Australian Black Angus Beef cattle. Fortunately, protesting vegans stayed away 

Trout River

Trout River Australia, now part of the MaxiTrans group, had this live bottom floor trailer on show, as well as other MaxiTrans products 

Toyota Hilux - best selling ute

Muscat Trailers is another to get down among the bottom floor market, this unit ready to work as a truck and dog for Holcim 


Fibreglass Transport Equipment, better known simply as FTE, had this fridge unit ready to send off to Wickham Freight Lines 

max trailers

John L Pierce Transport was set to take delivery of this Euro-built Max Trailer tanker soon after the show 


Moore Trailers, based at Pittsworth on Queensland’s Darling Downs, presented a custom-built tipper 


There is plenty of quality transport equipment coming out of Thailand nowadays. Thai trailer manufacturer Panus had this drop deck curtainsider on show, boasting a 3mm steel chequerplate, SAF airbag suspension and a Wabco brake kit 


Ekebol, well known for its tow truck bodies, opted for a piggyback display 

graham lusty

Graham Lusty Trailers had possibly the most innovative low tare tipper at the show 

Toyota Hilux - best selling ute

General Transport Equipment (GTE) arrived from Western Australia with three customised trailers 

Toyota Hilux - best selling ute

Proudly Australian manufacturer Tefco Trailers had this base unit on show, destined to become part of the Qube Logistics operation 


This Schmitz Cargobull fridge trailer was on its last stop at the Brisbane Truck Show, before heading off to Bluestar Global Logistics. Photo Greg Bush 


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