The Company’s operations consist of a complementary mix of activities centred on the broad needs of road transport operators. They include manufacture of leading trailer brands, supply and distribution of parts, provision of service and repair support, manufacture of urethane foam and body panels and the sales and finance of new and used trailing equipment.
In 1998 Maxi-CUBE, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange since 1994, purchased Freighter Industries to create a group that was subsequently renamed MaxiTRANS. The acquisition united two prominent transport trailer brands – Freighter (founded in 1946) and Maxi-CUBE (founded in 1972) – that had pioneered their sectors of the Australian road transport industry. MaxiTRANS has since acquired 4 other leading trailer brands (Hamelex White, Lusty EMS, AZMEB and Peki), along with the Colrain and QDS parts businesses.
In 1996, prior to the forming of MaxiTRANS, Maxi-CUBE established a Chinese joint venture operation with THT, a major Chinese transport equipment manufacturer, to produce insulated fibreglass wall panels. The joint venture was named MTC (Yangzhou Maxi-CUBE Tong Composites Co. Ltd). The joint venture experienced significant growth in sales and profitability before MaxiTRANS acquired the remaining 50% ownership in 2011, subsequently selling 20% to the MTC management.
MaxiTRANS has made significant capital investments in its original and acquired businesses, including $18M invested in its Ballarat facility to improve efficiency, safety and quality, which transformed the factory into a modern production line operation. Further investments have been made including new facilities in Richlands (Queensland) and Auckland (New Zealand), as well as an all-new manufacturing plant for MTC (China), with capacity to increase by around 300% to meet domestic demand.
MaxiTRANS also has a strong focus on the development and expansion of its truck and trailer parts businesses. This is reflected in its acquisition of Colrain (2006), a large Australian parts retailer and wholesaler and Queensland Diesel Spares Pty Ltd (2012), a major distributor of parts in Queensland and also a significant supplier to Central Queensland’s mining operations. These two businesses joined in May 2013 to become MaxiPARTS.
Key Dates in our History:
- 1946 – Freighter Industries commenced operations
- 1972 – Maxi-CUBE commenced operations
- 1973 – Freighter Industries moved manufacturing operations from Moorabbin to Ballarat
- 1988 – Maxi-CUBE acquired Fruehauf Trailers
- 1994 – Maxi-CUBE listed as a public company
- 1995 – New Zealand (Maxi-CUBE) operations commenced
- 1996 – China Joint Venture established (MTC)
- 1998 – Maxi-CUBE purchased Freighter Industries and acquired Coonara wood heaters (Coonara divested in 2002)
- 1998 – Maxi-CUBE Ltd renamed MaxiTRANS Industries Ltd (Maxi-CUBE retained as a product brand)
- 1999 – Maxi-CUBE van assembly operations transferred to Ballarat to consolidate all existing Company trailer assembly operations
- 2000 – Michael Brockhoff (formerly MD Linfox) appointed as Managing Director
- 2002 – New Victorian sales, service and parts branch opened at Derrimut (incorporating MaxiTRANS Head Office)
- 2003 – Initial $5m upgrade of Ballarat manufacturing operations completed
- 2003 – Lusty EMS Pty Ltd acquired
- 2004 – New manufacturing facility for Lusty EMS at Richlands, Brisbane
- 2004 – Hamelex White acquired
- 2004 – Parts joint venture established with Colrain
- 2005 – Acquired certain assets of Peki
- 2006 – Acquired the remaining 30% shareholding in Colrain Pty Ltd
- 2006 – Completed the $5m second stage upgrade of the Ballarat Manufacturing facility
- 2010 – Peki and Hamelex White manufacturing operations transferred to Ballarat to improve operational efficiency
- 2011 – Hamelex White sales, service and engineering operations, together with MaxiTRANS’ Hallam repairs and service operations transferred to a larger and better located joint facility in Dandenong
- 2011 – Opened an all-new and larger manufacturing, sales and service facility in Auckland, New Zealand
- 2011 – Acquired the remaining 50% of the MTC JV (China panel plant) and contracted the sale of 20% to the management team of MTC. Commenced construction of an all new panel plant at Yangzhou
- 2012 – Acquired Queensland Diesel Spares (QDS), a major parts distributor in Queensland
- 2012 – Acquired the business of AZMEB Global Trailers, a leading manufacturer of innovative side tippers for resources and waste transfer
- 2012 – Acquired 80% of Transport Connection
- 2013 – Colrain and Queensland Diesel Spares join to form the single brand “MaxiPARTS”
- 2013 – Opened an all-new and larger MTC panel manufacturing facility in China
- 2015 – All company owned Australian & NZ retail and manufacturing facilities rebranded “MaxiTRANS”
- 2015 – NSW sales and service branch opened in Smeaton Grange, Sydney