A WA transport and logistics company is expecting growth in Queensland's mining, resources and infrastructure sectors over the next 18 months. To tap into these opportunities, the company has not only set up shop in the Sunshine state, it has also expanded its network across the eastern seaboard.
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Heavy lift: Centurion’s 200t crane lifts one of more than 50 bridge beams into place on a mine access road upgrade in the Bowen Basin.

Over the last 50 years, Centurion has been assisting resource companies, explorers, suppliers, contractors and EPCs with tailored distribution, special projects and supply base solutions in some of the harshest and most remote environments.

The company's move to Queensland has paid off, CEO Justin Cardaci said, as Centurion is presently servicing a growing a number of clients in industries contributing well over $23 billion a year to the Queensland economy.

"Across Australia, our vehicles now travel well over 40 million kilometres each year to ensure our services deliver on time, every time, and on budget," Cardaci said.

"Our aim has been to take our successful model of servicing the mining, energy and construction industries in the West and replicate that in new and similar markets in the East while utilising local experience and expertise."

He added that the company is expecting a significant flow-on from the pick-up in the mining sector over this coming financial year.

"We're seeing previously suspended expansion plans and maintenance programs now go ahead with a slew of new projects due to roll out in 2017-18," he said.

 With port expansions, rail and road upgrades and other infrastructure projects under way across regional Queensland, Centurion is not just winning work from the mines either.

"The Queensland Government has also earmarked significant sums to spend on regional development and support and we're already seeing more demand for our heavy haulage and cranes to meet that need," Cardaci said.

Centurion has consciously sought to employ locals at its three new Queensland bases, with their managers trained in Centurion's established, successful culture. Those bases - strategically located in Brisbane, Mackay and Emerald - were already providing cranage, relocation of heavy equipment and general transport services for two Bowen Basin mines.

With its growing fleet of specialist heavy haulage equipment and team of multi-skilled drivers, the company also provides long-distance haulage to a variety of sites for regional infrastructure projects improving road and rail access to Central Queensland and its mines.

"On one of these projects, we've collected more than 50 large concrete bridge beams in Rockhampton and trucked them around 300km, then provided on-site lift-and-shift services to position them in place," Cardaci explained.

"Previously we'd provide the heavy haulage and work with other companies for the cranage component of a project. Now, with having the first heavy lift-and-shift service of our own, Queensland is already breaking new ground for Centurion."

Over the coming quarter, Centurion will be adding more equipment to allow its Queensland business to continue expanding.

"We already had a large, modular trailing fleet that could handle a wide range of environments, load specifications and local conditions," Cardaci said.

 "There's certainly a change for the better in the Queensland economy overall, and we've seen it in the heavy haulage space in particular. The volume of work has picked up quickly over the past few months. And, in talking to different miners, the mood in the market has definitely changed as well."