Nearly a year on from entering the east coast heavy haulage market, Perth-headquartered Centurion says its knowledge of large-scale resource projects, combined with employing local industry experience, has helped it capitalise on the recent up-turn in Queensland’s economy.
Established in 1971 in Perth, Centurion has grown to be one of Australia’s largest privately owned transport and logistics companies.
With a growing number of branches across Australia, its chief executive officer, Justin Cardaci (pictured), said the decision to move east was already paying dividends.
“Centurion delivers cost-effective, innovative, reliable and safe logistics solutions to companies working in the commodity-rich communities of Australia,” Mr Cardaci.
“We are taking this successful model from our west coast operations and replicating it in new and similar markets in the east while utilising local experience and expertise.”
In November 2016, Centurion acquired significant trailing fleet assets, giving it the largest heavy haulage capability in Australia.
It then moved quickly to open distribution centres in Brisbane, Emerald and Mackay, as well as invest in significant new equipment, giving it a foothold in the Queensland market for the first time.
According to Mr Cardaci, the east coast business has performed beyond expectations in its first year of operation.
“We really feel we have timed our entry into the market well, with a significant improvement in mining coupled with substantial investment in infrastructure from the private and public sectors,” Mr Cardaci said.
“We have had to upscale the business quicker than we originally planned because of the opportunities out there – and our ability to do this has helped us capitalise.”
With specialist gear capable of lifting and moving equipment and infrastructure weighing up to 250 tonnes, Centurion has been busy with a variety of logistics jobs.
“We’ve moved planes, trains, bridges, excavators, dump trucks, solar farms, buildings, crushing and screening gear, wind farms … you name it, if it’s oversized we have moved it.”
Reflecting on the first year, Mr Cardaci said a combination of sourcing employees locally and having a strong brand and culture had been critical to the success to date.
“We’ve consciously sought to employ locals at our three new Queensland bases to ensure we have access to resident industry expertise,” he said.
“This combined with Centurion’s established and successful culture, I believe, has given us a real edge in the marketplace.”
And what next for the company whose name signifies a continued appetite for growth?
“We’ve achieved the first part of our east coast plan and we’re looking hard at all other opportunities to expand our business in the year ahead,” Mr Cardaci said.