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Match Report: Expo 2013

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Held at Mystery Creek on 7 to 9 March, The Expo is New Zealand’s premier forum for the transport and heavy equipment industry.  Over 45,000 m2 of exhibition space was occupied by trucks, trailers, diggers and large machinery, plus a huge assortment of accessories and attachments.

Despite battling some very hot & dusty conditions the Gough Group team were universally satisfied with what was achieved at the Expo in 2013. We genuinely thank all visitors for their attendance and look forward to the future conversations we will have and the long-term support we are steadfastly committed to providing to you.

The industry certainly put its best foot forward.

Once again, all the aspects of what makes the sector great were on show. This wasn’t shiny new trucks or the latest techno-widgets though. Most pleasing of all was to see the wise faces of the industry once again with the next generation of children and grand-kids clearly evident in tow.

In a real sense, some of us have had conversations at these events that started in the 1980s and continue to this very day. No matter the number of years … we expect many can relate to this experience and retention of knowledge as a major strength of the trade.

The Gough Group attended the show with a large 2400sqm outdoor site and indoor marque pavilion. The exhibition demonstrated the depth, width and scale of the Gough Group’s NZ-based businesses as one of the most credible of partners to the local transport and heavy equipment industries.

The site was a hive of activity, from the central hospitality area to the outdoor and indoor equipment displays. Staff and visitors were often in deep, positive and passionate discussion. The air of optimism shown conveyed an industry that was confident and very keen to get on with things.

From the awesome bling of the big trucks and trailers to the classic trucks and various forms of equipment, there was lots to see, discuss and do.


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After nearly fifty years in service to the New Zealand transport industry, Gough TWL produced an outstanding review of its transport aftermarket and workshop focused products ranges. This included interactive displays, innovative new products, new brand launches and a full-scale show shop.

New product releases included Fras-Le truck & trailer brake friction products, Truck-Lite ‘made-in-the-USA’ LED lighting products, and other new innovations for both on-vehicle and workshop applications.

A highlight of the stand was a hybrid light-trailer display – reinforcing the company’s coverage across the spectrum of heavy to light trailer applications. Essentially the display split down the middle as half standard trailer & half boat trailer – demonstrating key components for each aspect.

Whether visitors were purchasing hot-show-deals from the shop or trying their hand at virtual welding, the stand was a leading light for aftermarket exhibitors at the show.


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The theme for Gough Transpecs at The Expo was “Quality & Safety on the Move” with a focus on transport technology specifically designed to enhance long-term profitability, operational quality and safety for fleet operators and team members.

The centre-piece of the site was an especially constructed display trailer featuring the very latest Wabco Intelligent Trailer EBS system and the latest running gear and componentry from SAF-Holland and Alcoa.

The Wabco Intelligent Trailer programme was supported by interactive and audio-visual displays allowing visitors to explore intelligent features such as roll-stability-support, Tail Guard & Electronically Controlled Air Suspension (ECAS).

The event also served as the World Premier of the SAF Intradrum designed for 19.5” diameter wheels. Still in its development, the next phase will be further testing on vehicles specifically in New Zealand. This is very much a taste of things to come, with the new axles likely to be available in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Other displays illustrated Transpecs’ ability to offer a one-stop-solution with key brands such as Alcoa wheel products, Lelox mudguards, Edbro and OMFB hydraulic components on show.


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Gough Palfinger NZ exhibited its market-leading range of innovative lifting, loading and handling solutions to New Zealand industry.  Well known as the pre-eminent brand in truck mounted craning, the Palfinger team highlighted both heavy & compact-class crane solutions as well as tail lifts, hook-loaders, forestry and recycling cranes, and customised ancillary equipment.

A particular highlight were the working tail-lift displays, a product range first launched at the 2009 event, which has progressed extremely well in the marketplace. Leading operators across many fields now operate Palfinger tail lifts – this includes Coca Cola, NZ Post, Bridgestone and emergency services.

The working displays conveyed the smooth running efficient design and superior safety and operational features of the Palfinger product.


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Gough Materials Handling (GMH) attended the event highlighting the Hyster range of forklifts. The GMH team continue to be extremely successful in melding the excellent performance features & reliability of the Hyster range with their superior national support network - a major aspect of key partnerships with major ports and materials handling operators.

GMH offer materials handling solutions covering many applications with solutions to suit all scales of business & operational needs, including new truck sales, rental and lease options. The Hyster 2.5 Fortis, which was displayed at the Expo, was a show legend - playing a big role setting-up and packing the site without breaking a sweat.


Thank you sincerely to all those who visited us at The Expo. The Gough Group team genuinely had a great time hosting everyone and we look forward to next time.

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