In 1974, the bankcard was first introduced in Australia, the average house price in Sydney was $28,000 and Barker Trailers opened its first factory.
Fast forward to 2018 and we can purchase a cup of coffee with our watches, Sydney median house prices are above $1 Million and the 10,000th semi-trailer has rolled off the production line at Barker Trailers.
This milestone moment in manufacturing was celebrated in early March as the Victorian based national manufacturer reflected on more than 40 years in the industry.
Ross Barker, the son of co-founder Arthur Barker took time to reflect on what his family business had achieved.
“It was an amazing feeling and I felt very happy for all who have contributed over our 44 years to achieve this milestone, and to be a part of the rich Barker heritage”.
In this changing world, Barker Trailers keep producing quality trailers using 100% Australian made steel.
Barker Trailers has been sourcing plate, flat bar, RHS angle, channel, universal columns, tapered flanges and flange beams from Orrcon Steel for over 20 years.
Barker Trailers manufacture over 400 trailers each year and require a consistent supply of steel to manufacture such large quantities.
Both Barker Trailers and Orrcon Steel share an enthusiasm for manufacturing and a passion for building a premium product and it’s this bond that Ross Barker believes makes this partnership the perfect fit.
“Orrcon Steel has a can-do approach to any request and our long-standing relationship is due to the reliable service, great Australian products, and exceptional customer service,” he said.
Barker Trailers employs nearly 200 staff, including up to 25 apprentices at any one time.
Their product segments vary with the Curtainsiders used for general freight, Chip Bins used for agriculture and forestry and Refuse Bins to cater for the waste segment to name a few.
Barker Trailers will feature at the 2018 Melbourne MegaTrans Road Transport exhibition from May 10-12, showcasing the best the freight industry has to offer.
Barker Trailers craft of building high quality trailers matched directly to customer requirements are the foundations of the company’s continued success in the manufacturing industry.
While the road ahead may be filled with twists and turns, Ross Barker is excited for the next chapter.
“We now have the chance to write our own history and create an even bigger and better Barker Trailers,” he said.