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Truck engineers bestowed top awards at annual Castrol Vecton Dinner

The Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner, held this week in Melbourne, has recognised two of the trucking industry's most highly regarded technicians.

Phil Webb, a long time engineer at PACCAR Australia received the 2019 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award for his four decade career as one of the country's foremost experts in truck design, builds and specification.

Jason Barry was recognised with the 2019 Craig Roseneder Award for technical and maintenance excellence for his work with Border Crane Consultants.

Hosted by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), the awards brought together over 300 guests from the commercial road transport and logistics industries.

ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said Craig Roseneder was devoted to the development of a safer road transport industry.

"His passion, excellence and experience combined to create a unique approach to resolving challenges which confronted the industry," he said.

“Therefore, it is only fitting that this accolade be awarded to Jason Barry, a professional who demonstrates a strong passion and longstanding dedication to the industry."

Barry established Border Crane Consultants in 2011, specialising in the engineering and compliance of heavy vehicles and has developed a safety and compliance upgrade package on behalf of the Australian Defence Force.

It has since been rolled out nationally across three Defence crane models and implemented on more than 200 cranes.

Barry, a finalist for the Craig Roseneder Award in 2018, has been a member of the ATA’s Industry Technical Council since 2005.

He will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to attend the US Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, including full registration, partners’ program, return airfares and accommodation, AUD $1,500 spending money and complimentary registration to the 2020 ATA Technology and Maintenance Conference.

Crouch also congratulated Phil Webb, who he described as a most deserving recipient of the Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award for his technical innovation and achievement within the Australian trucking industry.

“During his 44 years with PACCAR, Phil has become revered for his extensive technical knowledge and strong focus on positive customer outcomes, always going above and beyond,” he said.

Now retired, Webb commenced his storied career with PACCAR in 1975 in sales administration, before rising through the ranks to become Off-Highway and Export Manager with a strong engineering involvement.

“Phil had a great impact on the Kenworth brand in Australia, overseeing the Australian specification development of the L700 and C500 models, and ensuring the needs of the customer were always put first,” Crouch said.

“I congratulate Jason, Phil and each of our award finalists, all of whom represent the true gems in the Australian trucking industry.

“They are the hardworking innovators and professionals who keep our industry moving,” he said.

(Image: Jason Barry, Founder Border Crane Consultants).

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