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A History of Innovation

Established in 1974 by Mick Vawdrey, Vawdrey began building truck bodies for smaller companies and owner drivers. In 1975, Russell Baker joined Mick and the two formed a strong partnership that lasted until Russell’s retirement in late 2006. The 1980s saw Vawdrey grow from strength to strength, becoming a supplier to multinational companies. Vawdrey used the fallout of the 1990s ‘credit crunch’ as an opportunity to employ smart management techniques that would prove crucial to the company’s long term success. During that period, Mick’s son, Paul, was enlisted as the company’s Sales Manager and the company began to manufacture semi-trailers. Vawdrey’s founding pillars were built on quality, innovation and dedication, qualities that continue to drive the company until today. “Australia challenges body builders like no other country on earth and if you take any short cuts in your building process, you’ll be found wanting,” says Paul Vawdrey. By 2001, Vawdrey moved into its current premises in Dandenong South, Victoria. The 6.5 hectare facility features a state-of-the-art manufacturing complex, spare parts, repairs, sales and administration areas. As Australia’s largest independent trailer builder, Vawdrey aims to consistently improve the standard of design and quality within the country’s trailer building industry.


Established in 1974 by Mick Vawdrey – Celebrating over 40 years of service

Australia’s largest independant trailer builder

Vawdrey’s founding pillars were built on quality, innovation and dedication


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Vawdrey launches Auto Lock Deck

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