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Trucks in action in real forest settings at AUSTimber 2012

AUSTimber 2012 in March next year will be providing the trucking industry with their first opportunity in at least 20 years to take their customers on demo drives in real forest settings.
Truck exhibitors will be able to take their customers on a test drive around a variety of different circuits AND test drive loaded with either chip or with logs. The trailers can be supplied by AUSTimber 2012 or trailers from manufacturers of their own choice. This way exhibitors can demonstrate different truck and trailer combinations.
Two live demonstration options will be available :
1. a closed forest loop of 6 km providing exhibitors the opportunity to showcase conventional units, as well as high productivity transport systems, such as road trains and quad/quad “B” Doubles;
2. and a 17km open road demonstration course, with combination undulating, winding gravel and bitumen roads allowing you to display performance under varying conditions.
“In-field chip or saw-log can now be loaded directly onto trailers, towed by prime movers, giving the logging industry and the general public a first-hand opportunity to view these, and other trucks in action in a real forest setting,” said David Quill, general manager, AUSTimber 2012
Live exhibitions of forest harvesting at AUSTimber 2012 will feature in-field chipping operations in Elders’ Forestry blue gum plantations, along with log harvesting of Forestry SA’s pine plantations.
Peter Roberts, Dealer Principal of OG Roberts, has further supported AUSTimber 2012 by committing to demonstrate the Giga Series Isuzu prime movers at the AUSTimber Expo.
“The impending expansion of bluegum forest harvesting in the Green Triangle is seen as a “perfect fit” for the Giga Series, which offers a cab over configuration eminently suitable for “B” Double chip haulage,” said Peter.
OG Roberts supported AUSTimber 2008 by providing the staff vehicles necessary for the successful staging of the event, and has continued this support for AUSTimber 2012.

About AUSTimber 2012
AUSTimber 2012 is the world’s only combined softwood and hardwood plantation expo and the biggest forestry and timber expo in the Southern Hemisphere.
AUSTimber 2012 will showcase the latest in technology, machinery, products and services for the forest and timber industry.
Over 230 exhibitors for the forestry and timber industry will be showcasing their latest products and services.
AUSTimber 2012 will be conducted in a single location in the forest, only 15km north of the city of Mount Gambier, the centre of the largest plantation forest area in Australia. The Expo will be held over two days 30th and 31st March 2012 delivering a dynamic environment to experience the latest in precision forestry technology with live demonstrations of machinery in action in the forest, indoor and outdoor displays.
The AUSTimber ForestWorks Conference will be held on Thursday 29th March 2012 in Mount Gambier city with the theme ‘Precision Forestry in action’. The conference will provide an opportunity to hear from experts – Australian and international – on all issues facing the future of forestry from seed to end markets, the whole supply chain.
Organisers are expecting 10,000 national and international visitors to the region for AUSTimber 2012.