Queensland-based transport and logistics company Followmont Transport has taken delivery of its latest UD truck, the Japanese brand’s 200th.
The bright red UD Croner 6×2 comes with a set of curtains to match with a gradient fade.
At an event at Volvo Group Australia (VGA) headquarters in Wacol, key executives from both companies came together to discuss the past, present and future.
Followmont Transport CEO Mark Tobin, VGA Chairman and CEO Martin Merrick, along with UD Trucks VP Lauren Downs and Mack VP Tom Chapman held a panel discussion about the transport industry, its evolution and what it could look like in the future.
A Volvo FHXXL was also on display, marking another milestone, VGA’s 300 truck sales at Followmont.
The event, according to Tobin, along with the two trucks symbolized an incredible partnership between the brands.
“It started as a need for supply and demand that blossomed over decades into a need based on trust and transparent communication,” he said.
“Both organizations know each other’s business and we work together to not only contribute but to strengthen the transportation industry as a whole,” Tobin continued.
“While our values are aligned, the frequent and open communication has helped eliminate the curveball anxiety our industry has faced, whether it’s natural disasters, the pandemic, or the current recruitment pressure. .”
Staffing struggles, which are currently impacting the industry, were an opportunity for Followmont to reiterate the vast opportunities that the evolving industry can still offer workers.
“No matter your background, age or ethnicity, there’s a place for you in transportation and we’re an industry that cares about you and accepts you as part of the family,” Tobin said.
Merrick, who also spoke on the panel, said celebrating customer success was a key part of who Volvo Group Australia is.
“Scoring milestones like this with such a valued client makes us very proud to have played a part in this success,” he said.
“We don’t just sell trucks, we forge meaningful partnerships that are ultimately based on trust and integrity and I’m thrilled to see a family business like Followmont Transport continue to thrive”