Only two weeks to go until 2023 IRTENZ conference

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 27, 2023

The countdown is on for the IRTENZ 18th International Conference, set to take place in just two weeks.

The Future Highways – Future Vehicles conference takes place over three days at the Jet Park Hotel in Hamilton, 14-16 November 2023.

It features a range of international speakers as well as industry panel sessions where key industry providers and operators will share their views and experiences on unlocking greater productivity on our roads.

This year’s conference focuses on:

  • Power Train – Optimising the Efficiencies
  • Managing Innovative Vehicle Solutions
  • Infrastructure Challenges and Regulation Development
  • Industry Training needs and Skills Shortage

Sessions include: International examples of unlocking greater productivity; What are the barriers to unlocking greater productivity on our roads; Panel session – Overcoming the barriers to unlocking greater productivity on our roads; Vehicles and Powertrain; Demonstrating opportunities with vehicles; Managing Innovative Vehicle Solutions; Readying our workforce with future skills and capacity; Australia and New Zealand workforce.

As well as local speakers from key stakeholders, four recognised international experts will present. They include:

  • Les Brusza, chief engineer at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator in Australia. Les has overseen the implementation of the Performance Standards regime in Australia. Clearly the increased tare weights associated with BEV trucks will be an issue for NHVR as it is in New Zealand.
  • Tommy Xu, BD manager, Scania China Group, who has been working on a feasibility study on the application of modular combination vehicles in China road transport.
  • Gavin Hill, who is the general manager, Strategy and Delivery at Transport Certification Australia (TCA). TCA is a national organisation that provides assurance services relating to transport technologies and data to enable improved road safety, transport efficiency, freight productivity, asset management and sustainability.
  • Dr Chris de Saxe, who is head of sustainability at Zeus, which is a pioneering freight technology and sustainable freight provider. Chris was originally in the road transport team at CSIR in South Africa and more recently was a senior research associate at Centre for Sustainable Road Freight based at Cambridge University.