The star of the 2015 Brisbane Truck Show is the Navistar ProStar and while truckies honed in on what’s under the bonnet, they could not take their eyes off the sleeper box.
The unique Australian-designed electrically operated slide-out sleeper cab is the result of extensive product design and development by Queensland composite specialist Marky Industries.
Founder and CEO Martin Nikolas is thrilled with the contribution his team made to the award-winning rig.
“We worked closely with Navistar throughout the design and development stages to ensure we met every detail of their requirements,” says Mr Nikolas.
“Having 37 years’ experience manufacturing for clients such as Mack, Volvo, Iveco, Ford, Western Star and Navistar branded trucks, gives us some knowledge of the industry and where we can leverage specialist composite materials to cater for clients’ performance, engineering and aesthetic needs.
The spacious sleeper is fitted with built-in seats, desk, fridge, TV, microwave and even a coffee making machine and reflects Marky Industries’ extensive knowledge of the Australian and international trucking industry gained over 37 years manufacturing.
Utilising the closed moulding process at the state-of-the-art facility in the Crestmead Industrial Estate, the company manufactures small parts like dash board components through to larger applications such as bonnets, and fully fitted sleeper cabs for client truck production lines.
“We pride ourselves on our manufacturing expertise, the well ventilated, dust free environment of our plant and our quality assurance processes,” Mr Nikolas says. This attention to excellence earned Marky Industries Q1 status with the Ford Motor Company.
“We were the sole supplier of the composite parts prior to the Ford Truck closure in Australia and the accreditation allowed us to become more competitive within the international market,” says Mr Nikolas.
To further improve the company’s overall standard to be a world-wide supplier of composites products, Martin and his wife Krystyna, the company financial controller, undertook the Quality Management System compliance process receiving AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 certification for products and services.
Trucks are just one market served by this diverse composites specialist that also has thirty years extensive experience manufacturing products for the mining, transport, construction, chemical, defence, recreation and building industries.
Over the past ten years Marky Industries has built in excess of 4,000 parts for trains in the Perth Urban Rail System and components vary from cosmetic internal panels to train driver dashboards and whole cab fronts for Queensland Rail projects. All train components are made of fire retardant resins and specialised composite materials to ensure compliance with ballistic and high impact requirements.
Since 1991, Marky Industries has been a major provider of composite parts for mobile, elevated working platforms.
“Working with our clients we were able to provide unique solutions that satisfy their functional and safety requirements and the strict safety requirements of the electrical industry. It required specialised materials and manufacturing procedures and electrical testing along the way to achieve the weight, strength and safety performance that make this an exceptional product in its market.”
“That’s our goal! Whether we are making 200,000 litre tanks or truck components, we want to give our clients an exceptional product,” says Mr Nikolas.