TR Semi Skel Hire becomes TR Group Australia

4 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 28, 2020

TR Group has announced the launch of TR Group Australia, formerly known as Semi Skel Hire Pty Ltd. TR Group acquired the Melbourne-based trailer rental company in July 2019 as a first step into the Australian truck and trailer hire market. 

Over the past year, TR has expanded the 1300-strong fleet by adding 45 new prime movers to what was a trailer-only fleet. In addition, TR now has more than 20 PBS-approved A-doubles and super B combinations, fully permitted in accordance with NHVR regulations.

As part of TR‘s strategy to expand nationwide, a Brisbane branch close to the port on Lytton Road was opened in February this year, and the new 75,000m3 Melbourne site on Boundary Road opens in September.

The business has operated as TR Semi Skel Hire in Australia since the takeover, under the leadership of TR Group‘s Chris Perry, who relocated to Melbourne from New Zealand. Chris is absolutely delighted with all the hard work done by the team over the past year and feels the time is right for TR Group to become known in its own right across Australia:

“We bought a fantastic business in Semi Skel 12 months ago that was extremely well known here in Melbourne as a great trailer hire company. As we expand beyond Melbourne and add trucks to our fleet, we feel the time is right to be clear about who we are and what we can offer to the Australian transport industry.

“TR Group has grown steadily over the past 30 or so years in New Zealand, on the back of being the best we can be at renting and leasing trucks and trailers. We couldn‘t have done that without a great team and the support of our fantastic customers. Our aim is to try and build a similar business across Australia, showing the same level of service and expertise so we can all be successful together,” Chris says.

“We appreciate these are tough times for everyone in Australia and New Zealand, but our aim is to be ready for our customers with quality gear at competitive rates whenever and wherever we‘re needed. If we can do that, I‘m confident customers will see the benefit in what TR Group has to offer for all of their heavy commercial short-term and long-term needs.”

Since TR Group‘s founding in 1992, the company has grown – to a fleet of 7000 heavy commercial rental and lease vehicles and a team of 200 across Australia and New Zealand. TR Group is focused on understanding what vehicles are required for and providing the support for it to perform those tasks as safely, efficiently, and compliantly as possible. This is underpinned by a team with experience, expertise, a passion for trucks and trailers, and a culture and philosophy revolving around customer focus, continuous improvement, and personal development. 

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