Sime Darby Motors NZ signs on to Ruakura Superhub

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 19, 2024

Sime Darby Motors NZ has signed on at the Ruakura Superhub for a major North Island truck service centre.

The company has taken a long-term ground lease on a 2.4ha site, with a strong road frontage presence on Ruakura Road to showcase the commercial services it will offer from late 2025.

The new facility will house multiple Sime Darby Motors NZ businesses including a flagship Volvo showroom, a 14 bay (2600m2) truck service centre to support Sime Darby Motors’ four truck franchises (Volvo, Mack, Hino, and UD), plus office space, parts storage and a yard. This will be a significant addition to Sime Darby’s growing Truckstops network.

“The Ruakura Superhub site will become our largest truck service centre in the North Island and is part of our ongoing programme of growth and investment in New Zealand,” said Pat McKenna, Sime Darby Motors NZ managing director.

“This represents significant investment in a key area for our truck servicing customers as the Golden Triangle sees over 40% of New Zealand’s total freight movement.”

The site is strategically located with direct access to the Waikato Expressway and around 1km from the Ruakura Inland Port, connecting the three major economic nodes of the North Island, Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranga, the Golden Triangle.

Construction of the new facility is expected to start in late 2024.

Sime Darby Motors has been steadily building its business across Aotearoa for 25 years, with more than 80 locations and 1200 staff.

The commercial division of Sime Darby Motors is made up of 11 businesses that underpin the transport industry value chain from end to end. The business supplies trucks and materials handling equipment supported by a nationwide aftersales network, parts sales and distribution operation serving body builders, transport operators, and the public.