Bigfoot teams up with Kennedy Trailers

Wednesday 11 Aug 2021

Two iconic logging brands on either side of the Tasman are teaming up to offer Australian operators of heavy vehicles optimal traction, efficiency, safety and performance. New Zealand’s Bigfoot Equipment have exported their globally renowned Central Tyre Inflation (CTI) system to Australia for 25 years and has just signed an official distribution deal with Kennedy Trailers – one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of semi- trailers.

The agreement presents “a massive opportunity” for both companies and Australia’s forestry, mining, heavy haulage, agriculture and bulk tipping industries will now have local access and support to the best CTI technology on the market.

Bigfoot’s CTI system gives truck drivers the ability to adjust tyre pressures from their cab to suit the speed and weight of their vehicle. Lowering the air pressure creates a larger area of contact between the tyre and the ground and significantly improves traction on loose or soft surfaces. It also saves fuel, improves tyre wear, reduces repairs and maintenance costs, and ensures heavy vehicles can safely handle steep inclines or rough terrain.

“Kennedy Trailers set the standard in Australia in terms of log trailers and truck fit outs,” explains Bigfoot co- owner Graham Wylie. “So their high standards complement our own product and company ethos.”

Pre-COVID, Bigfoot staff would frequently travel to Australia to install their CTI system for customers – often at Kennedy's workshop in Bairnsdale, Victoria.

“Obviously, we haven’t been able to travel over to Australia and do those installations in the past 12 months so it just made sense for Kennedy to install our systems on our behalf. They were eager to help and once they realised how easy it was, and how quickly we could send them parts, it was a natural next step to formalise a distribution agreement.”

Australian customers can now order Bigfoot’s CTI system and arrange installation directly with Kennedy Trailers. Graham says Bigfoot has a strong and loyal customer base in Australia and the company has a very strong one-on-one relationship with all our customers who operate forestry, heavy haulage and bulk tipping vehicles.

“We’re really excited to formalise this relationship with Kennedy Trailers and we’re looking forward to seeing how they can help expand our business. Our goal is to utilise their existing networks to reach further into the various sectors our CTI system caters for.”

Both companies have a family background and share values of honesty, integrity and a strong desire to put customers’ needs first. Kennedy Trailers have been working alongside Bigfoot since the company was first started by Garry Kennedy. His two sons, Cory and Lynden, have now joined him and substantially grown the business.

Cory Kennedy says Bigfoot have proved over and over again that their product is built to perform.

“Kennedy Trailers are the best trailers built in Australia, and we need the best CTI system supporting each and every one. We carefully select suppliers for various components on our trailers, but never before have we been so committed that we’ve become a distributor of another product. This goes to show how much confidence we have with Bigfoot.”

Kennedy Trailers currently employs over 50 staff and build around 150 trailers each year including logging trailers for forestry, side tippers for mines, and custom-made transport solutions for heavy haulage and other industries.

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