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Linde technology the key for new 3PL provider

Supplier: Linde Material Handling
22 January, 2007

The road journey from Sydney to Darwin isn’t for the faint- hearted. From the snow and ice of the Blue Mountains, across the barren plains of western New South Wales, into Queensland’s flood prone channel country and the emptiness the Territory, to the tropical conditions of Darwin … this 4,500km trip is a great challenge.

Twenty years ago William Shaw set out from Sydney in his first Kenworth,
with his first road train of freight, on his first trip to Darwin.The mission was simple – travel safely, arrive on time, deliver the freight in good condition, and earn the respect of a satisfied client … then do it all again the next week.

Every week since then, an increasing number of the red and blue Kenworths operated by William Shaw’s company, Shaw’s Darwin Transport and Logistics Services, have been making the long haul to Darwin.

Today the company owns 20  prime movers, has a turnover in  excess of $15 million and  employs more than 60 people.The key to surviving and growing for 20 years in the  tough world of transport is: “finding a niche and sticking  to it,” according to Managing  Director, Will Shaw.

“We won’t move anything that’s  not by road train. We operate  the heaviest ‘highway’  specification road train available – three trailer combinations with a gross mass of 120 tonnes.  

Few  organisations have the  knowledge, experience or  commitment to operate  scheduled services over such  distances and conditions.

To  ensure driver safety, we use a  ‘double-up’ system, which means  we always have two drivers in  the trucks – while one’s driving  the other is sleeping. 

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