Southpac opens new Hamilton site

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 23, 2017

Photo above: Guests enjoyed a great night at the opening.

New Zealand Trucking congratulates Southpac on the opening of their new Hamilton premises.

It was officially opened by Paccar Australia managing director Andrew Hadjikakou and Southpac CEO Maarten Durent this week. The brand new $6.5m site has a comprehensive six-bay workshop and full parts, training and administration facilities.

Including their own sites, Southpac is now represented at 30 locations throughout New Zealand.

Maarten pointed out that he joined a group of five that included Jason Popplewell and Peter Dynes, and toured dealerships throughout Australia to discover what worked well and what mistakes had been made in the past. Since then both Jason and Peter have built new premises based on the knowledge gained during the trip. Southpac‘s Auckland workshop, and now the new Hamilton premises, were also designed around their findings.

Maarten said, “We didn‘t want to spend millions of dollars and make [the same] mistakes all over again.”

He added, “It‘s all about parts and service” – emphasising that top-class premises coupled with good training systems attracted top quality technicians and parts experts, and that was an important driver when improving the quality of their workshops.

Andrew noted that the relationship between Paccar and Southpac had lasted more than three decades. He said they were one of Paccar‘s longest serving dealers and Australia was proud of their achievements in New Zealand.

Photos above: The new Hamilton facility is state of the art, providing a fantastic work environment for staff and a strong statement of support to the regional customer base.

Photo above: Paccar Australia managing director Andrew Hadjikakou presents Southpac CEO Maarten Durent with a commemorative opening plaque at the new Hamilton premises last night.