SMC Corporation (Australia)

TRANSPORTING loads by truck in Australia is becoming safer for the environment and workers, thanks to a clever and secure automated tarpaulin system developed by an ex-truck mechanic in Sydney's outer western suburbs.

With nearly 20 years experience as a truck mechanic, Malcolm Masters knows trucks - and the trucking industry - inside out. About five years ago he decided to take his knowledge and start his own business providing a mobile maintenance service for trucks - M.A.L. Mechanical Services.

While Malcolm's business grew, his former employer Hamelex was trying to find a reliable distributor and installer of retractable truck tarpaulins.

So when Malcolm expressed his interest in the business, a deal was struck that enabled Malcolm to become a specialist supplier of truck tarps.

However, Malcolm's company, Air Tarps Australia, has developed its own air-operated tarp for loads requiring the greatest levels of security during transportation.