Freighter Celebrates 75 years as Australia’s Preeminent Trailer Brand

Pictured in front of the Freighter offices, this Tandem axle flat top Freighter trailer is ready for a customer delivery. Photo circa 1960s.

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The year 2021 marks 75 years since the first Freighter products rolled onto Australian roads. Freighter’s history is clearly as long as it is rich, and that legacy is a key component of every trailer that rolls off the line today.

The origins of Freighter hark all the way back to before World War II, and its influence has been growing ever since. Truly national before any other manufacturer dreamed it was possible, the company didn’t limit itself to being the best in truck trailers. It also made boats, buoys, buses, forklifts, caravans, starting gates for racing tracks, wood heaters, and even had a crack at building its own 4WD vehicle. It’s said that during the 1970s, nine out of every ten heavy-duty trailers on the road were Freighter. Its influence on the industry remains undeniable.


Today, Freighter is celebrating 75 years as Australia’s longest standing trailer brand. While it has gone through significant changes through its journey, the brand continues to deliver on its promise of high quality, high performance trailing equipment with an unmatched network of national back up support.

“Freighter’s long and successful history is owed to our loyal customers, said Dean Jenkins, MaxiTRANS Managing Director & CEO. “Many of our customers are two or three generation Freighter loyalists. It is this on-going support that has helped build the legacy that Freighter prides itself on and will continue to be a part of every locally manufactured high quality trailer that is produced.”

“We sit here today reflecting on the great achievements of Freighter, from introducing the first curtain sided trailer into the Australian market, known in the Freighter family as the Tautliner, through to continuing to push the boundaries on Performance-based standards (PBS).”

“A common theme across the years has been finding innovative ways for our customers to get more out of their equipment, allowing them to increase productivity with outstanding reliability, so they can focus on continuing to deliver the needs of the nation.”

“75 years in operation is a significant milestone, not only for the Freighter brand, but for the wider transport industry too,” said Dean. “Supporting Australian business and locally manufactured products is what has made it possible for the brand to continue to thrive.”

“In celebration of this milestone and for our customers wishing to be a part of this historic year, we have released a limited edition Freighter 75th year Diamond Pack, available across the Freighter range throughout 2021. We encourage those interested to reach out to their local MaxiTRANS Dealer.”

“We again take this opportunity to thank all our customers, suppliers and staff for their on-going support throughout our extensive history, but also as important, during the most recent challenging times. We look forward with great excitement to the future of the Freighter brand and the transport industry as whole, said Dean.”