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Bartlett in Germany

Wayne Baker Chief Bartlett Engineer and Bartlett Managing Director Allan Bartlett art the IAA World Trade Fair

The 67th IAA Commercial Vehicle world trade fair for transport, logistics and mobility was again held in Hanover, Germany.

The largest players in the commercial vehicle industry presented new concepts and discussed the future of mobility. The conference focus was on topics such as digitisation, security and environmental protection.


Bartlett MD, Allan Bartlett and Chief Engineer, Wayne Baker attended Hanover and discussed innovation, product development and safety with senior executives from some the largest commercial transport component manufacturers in the world. Allan noted that it was interesting to hear first-hand that despite the massive scale and global reach of these companies, most noted that they face very similar challenges and were guided by the same principles and practices as we do at Bartlett; namely, that safety is the primary goal of all design with strength, efficiency and functionality also paramount.


We have known for many years that standardisation simplifies decision making and promotes greater safety and efficiency for fleet managers. At the Hanover Truck Show, it was evident that many of the participants, service providers and regulators were talking about the benefits of Fleet Standardisation. This has of course been a primary focus for Bartlett over many years, so to hear it discussed at Hanover was very encouraging.


Meet the Bartlett team

Wayne Baker Chief Bartlett Engineer ARTSA Executive Committee Member performing training to ARTSA/CVIAA members

Wayne Baker

Chief Bartlett Engineer
CPEng MIEAust, MSIA, FESA MEngSc(Res),
BE(Mech)(Hons), BA, GCertOHM
Product Development Engineer
Wayne Baker is Bartlett’s chief engineer, a role that sees him lead a small, highly experienced team that oversees the Bartlett product development pathway, from concept to design, validation, production and support. Wayne is also an executive committee member of the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) and is involved with ARTSA’s mission to bring together industry technical expertise in order to advance the safety, productivity, and reputation of the heavy vehicle industry.

Wayne Baker’s Year in Review

CoR (Chain of Responsibility) put safety regulation front-and-centre in 2018 and will be a major part of our industry into the future. The new CoR laws are consistent with work, health and safety laws across all sectors, which means they also extend to personal responsibility and liability. While this presents significant challenges for all of us in the commercial vehicle industry, it is also an opportunity to raise our professional standards and safety awareness.


While CoR encapsulates the efforts to deliver better safety outcomes in Australia, it is worth noting that we are not alone in this endeavour. At the recent Hanover Truck Show, and through recent visits to the manufacturing hubs of Asia, we have learnt about significant changes in attitudes to safety. This is particularly relevant in many parts of the developing world, including China. It is clear these changes will present significant opportunities for manufacturers in Australia that are looking to expand into new markets and have long had safety at the forefront of their products.


In 2018, we introduced a new generation of safety chain system, the Bare Knuckle (BK) Safety Chain System. The new patented Bartlett Bare Knuckle safety chain attachment range has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the heavy vehicle industry.

The Bartlett BK range is optimised for maximum strength, while minimising the mass and footprint of the system. Importantly, the range of safety chain attachments can be easily retrofitted to vehicles by any qualified welder. Both the geometry and the custom high strength alloy steel blend that Bartlett have carefully developed and validated to ensure the steel castings can be welded to a truck towbar or a trailer drawbar without the need to preheat the casting or substrate.


LAST bookings for installations Monday 17th December 2018
LAST orders Tuesday 18th December 2018
CLOSED Thursday 20th December 2018 4:30pm
RE-OPEN Monday 14th January 2019 9:00am

Wishing all a safe and Merry
Christmas and New Year!


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