Transport & Logistics

Bridgestone gets technology spinning at new centre

Japanese tyre maker Bridgestone opened a $10 million facility in Port Hedland last week that will apply remote sensing and big data to detect wear on the mining fleets and conveyors of its Pilbara customers.

AHG in $400m logistics sale

Automotive Holdings Group has sold its underperforming refrigerated logistics business to Chinese conglomerate HNA Group for an enterprise value of $400 million.

Promising signs for WA car industry

Western Australia’s automotive sector has registered an 11.6 per cent spike in new vehicle sales for the month of October relative to 2016 off the back of increased purchases of light commercial ve

CPB signs $48m Lord St contract

Long-running negotiations between CPB Contractors and the state government have resulted in the CIMIC Group subsidiary signing a $47.9 million contract for the New Lord St project at Ellenbrook.

Taxi plate buy-back part of transport shake-up

Perth taxi and Uber users may see a 10 per cent fare hike for the next four years to fund taxi plate buy-backs as the state government revamps on-demand transport.

Civmec pursues ASX listing

Henderson-based shipbuilder Civmec has announced plans to list on the ASX, with details of its entry yet to be determined.

CTI buys Jayde Transport

CTI Logistics has acquired national business Jayde Transport in an all-cash deal worth up to $7.5 million, as it seeks to lessen its reliance on the local market.

Qantas expects slower second-half growth

Qantas says first-half underlying profit could rise as much as 11.5 per cent, but has warned rising fuel costs will start to weigh on earnings after that.

Vessel operator falls into administration

The administrators of troubled oil and gas services provider Go Marine Group say they are confident they can recapitalise the business.

Austal wins ferry, combat ship contracts

Austal has won a $190 million contract to build two ferries for a Spanish client, along with an order for a 15th littoral combat ship for the US Navy for an undisclosed sum, but the company has yet to decide whether the two ferries will be built at its Henderson shipyard or overseas.

Parkd seeks ASX listing

A modular car park construction company chaired by former Automotive Holdings Group boss Bronte Howson has announced plans to raise $6 million from investors and list on the ASX.

AHG buys up east coast franchises

Automotive Holdings Group has further grown its presence on the east coast with the acquisition of five franchised car dealerships in NSW for $8.5 million plus stock and assets.

Car sales shed August gains

New car sales in Western Australia dipped back into the red last month after showing rare signs of improvement in August.

Swan Taxis drives uptake of booking app

Swan Taxis has announced a 10 per cent discount for the next three months on bookings made through its flat fare app as it continues to battle for market share against Uber.

Tech, new port to shape freight future

New ports, better planning and increased use of technology are in the sights of transport industry leaders preparing the state’s freight network for coming decades, according to a panel of experts at a recent Committee for Economic Development of Australia lunch.

Lockwood to chair Westport outer harbour taskforce

The state government has appointed Infrastructure Australia board member Nicole Lockwood to chair a new taskforce to plan a Kwinana outer harbour development, as Transport Minister Rita Saffioti indicated she would stare down internal party dissent about the project.

WA new car sales turn around in August

Western Australia reported a surprise increase in new car sales last month, boosted by strong performances by Toyota and Hyundai.

Austal wins $44m ferry contract

Henderson-based shipbuilder Austal has landed its first commercial deal in Taiwan after being hired to build two vessels, with the contract valued at $44 million.

Qantas trials regional flight discounts

Qantas will conduct a 12-month trial of discounted airfares for six regional centres in Western Australia, following a similar move by Regional Express in July.

Austal powers into profit

Henderson-based shipbuilder Austal has returned to the black with a profitable 2017 financial year, driven in large part by a turnaround in its US operations.