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ARTSA announces new chair Martin Toomey

As part of recent changes at the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA), the industry body has named Martin Toomey as its new Chair.

The announcement follows this week's Annual General Meeting where it elected a new Chair, two Deputy Chairs and Executive team.

Peter Hart, after 11 years as Chairman, vacated his his role which will be fulfilled by Martin Toomey, Managing Director of Transport Equipment Australia.

Rob Smedley of Smedley Engineers and Luke Callaway of Hendrickson were elected as Deputy Chairs.

The Executive Committee also consists of Wayne Baker (Bartlett), Marcus Coleman (Tiger Spider), Bob Edwards (TEAM), Sam Ellis (Jost), David Frazer (Haldex), Simon Humphries (Isuzu), Rachel Michaud (Knorr Bremse), Ian Thomson (BPW Transpec) and Colin White (Whitehouse).

During his final address Hart highlighted ARTSA’s technical achievements and made the case for change, suggesting possible future opportunities, as he welcomed the group led by incoming Chairman Toomey.

Hart acknowledge the Heavy Vehicle Association was a crowded space.

“It needs to adopt a collaborative approach with an Association of Associations – joint meetings, joint presentations and representations for it to achieve its goals,” he said.

“Collaboration is the future path that ARTSA will attempt to achieve with others,” said Hart.

Toomey thanked Hart for his contribution and offered a glimpse into the future direction of ARTSA that would include a think tank driven by the ARTSA Institute.

He said ARTSA is committed to an approach that was both collaborative and co-operative with other industry players.

The ARTSA Institute would also help facilitate a forum to tackle some of the future challenges around the heavy vehicle industry according to Toomey.

With the EV revolution and its impact on suppliers one of many expected changes anticipated soon for the industry in addition to the Internet of Things (IoT) and telematics ARTSA, according to Toomey, was in a unique position to better understand and contribute to future outcomes as a key voice.

The ARTSA Institute he said intended to lend a hand to ensure the heavy vehicle sector examines the leading issues while making recommendations that will help shape the industry’s future.

(Image: Martin Toomey, ARTSA chair).

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