The future is bright for rail – that’s what we learnt at The AusRail Plus 2017 in Brisbane. Thermo King Rail Australia is proud to be a part of this growing industry which supports 1.6% of the Australian economy.
The contribution was reviled in the Value of Rail report launched by the Australasian Railway Association at AusRail Plus in November prepared for ARA by Deloitte Access Economics, the report highlights the many ways that rail supported the Australian economy in 2016. The direct economic contribution was A$13.3bn, made up of A$6.7bn in wages and A$6.6bn in capital returns. Another A$12.8bn is generated through indirect benefits. The rail sector provides more than 53,000 direct and around 89,000 indirect jobs across the country which is 1.4% of employment.
With such promising statistics, the prosperity of the rail sector was well reflected during the three day exhibition. Thermo King Rail Australia was among the most prominent exhibitors. Our presence was noticeable not only thanks to the oversized signage visible from across all the halls and signature corporate colours but also due to the support from Thermo King. The Thermo King Rail Australia team made of Wayne Taylor, Michael Phillips and Keith Allan was joined by Dominique Vallas, Global Sales Director, Rail HVAC from Thermo King and Martin Kubis, Product Program Manager from Ingersoll-Rand Technologies. This strong representation has helped to reinforce Thermo King Rail Australia’s position in the Australian HVAC sector.
“AusRail Plus gives us a great chance to see most of our customers under one roof, we have also found new business opportunities” – claims Michael Phillips, Rail HVAC System Manager at Thermo King Rail Australia. “With Australian government heavily investing in rail infrastructure around Australia, the business prospects are good. The increasing investment equals more opportunities in sales, service and support” he concluded.
The next AusRail Plus will take place in 2019.