- Wednesday, 05 July 2017 16:44
One of New Zealand’s oldest and best known privately-owned businesses will lose its Chief Executive at the end of the year.
Karl Smith, CEO of the Gough Group for the last nine years, will retire at the end of 2017 to take up new opportunities as an independent director and with projects for private, public and council-owned companies within New Zealand.
He has led the company of more than 850 employees and its network of over 50 locations in Australia and New Zealand through challenging times such as the Global Financial Crisis and the 2010/11 Christchurch earthquakes, and leaves it in a sound financial situation.
Board chair Keith Taylor described him as a “tenacious and resilient leader” who had made a “tremendous contribution” to the Gough Group.
“He leaves an excellent foundation for the Group to continue to grow in both New Zealand and Australia. Karl has been an inspirational leader of the Group across our New Zealand and Australian businesses and has built a great culture with our team, our customers, and our major Original Equipment Manufacturers such as Caterpillar, Palfinger, Hyster-Yale, SAF-Holland and WABCO.”
Deputy chairman and majority owner Ben Gough said Smith would leave a lasting legacy of performance and leadership in all his dealings across the many stakeholders.
“The past few months have seen the highest monthly sales for the Group in our 85-year history and we now have the strongest order bank we have seen for over 10 years under Karl’s leadership. We will sorely miss him.”
Smith was appointed CEO in 2008 just before the GFC which resulted in a very difficult period of trading for the Group. He effected a significant turnaround resulting in some of the strongest growth in the business’s trading history.
Highlights of his time with the Gough Group include:
- The major sales of Caterpillar equipment in New Zealand during the mining boom
- The acquisition and integration of Palfinger Australia
- The development of a strong Health and Safety culture
- Dealing with the effects of the Canterbury earthquakes on Gough Group team members, customers and wider stakeholders.
Smith relocated from Christchurch to Auckland a year ago, to add impetus to the critical growing markets in the northern regions. He has also secured new dealerships in the concrete services sectors for both New Zealand and Australia beginning from June 2017.
Smith was an independent director for the Crusaders super rugby franchise for 10 years, has been a director of Lyttelton Port Company for five years, and is currently an independent director of the Ports of Auckland.
- Sunday, 22 November 2015 19:52
The brief was simple Tom Ryan wanted the biggest crane capacity possible fitted onto the front of a tractor unit, and remain below the legal on road axle weights..
As always the crane tare weight was a critical component for the choice of crane.
The crane PK92002SH F crane and PJ125E fly jib combination chosen gives the maximum lifting capacity and reach with the lowest tare weight available.
The Palfinger “SH” series of cranes have the most up to date features of innovation and safety available in the knuckle boom crane market, and is simply practical and attractive.
The Palfinger PK92002 SH crane delivered to Tom Ryan includes features and benefits that surpass all others.
- A Rexroth Load sensing control valve and pump system to combine power, speed and retain precision operation.
- Continuous slewing system giving faster loading cycles
- A 12 degree reverse articulation on the outer boom, to make working under doorways and inside buildings easier.
- Maintenance free extension boon system saving time and money
- A folding winch system that is low height for working inside and transport with the boom unfolded with a capacity up to 10 tonne in a 4 line setup.
- An electronic soft stop damper gently brakes crane movements when approaching the end of cylinder travel, avoiding jerky movements and load impacts while giving the operator more gentle and precise control.
- HPSC (High performance stability control) the computer will adjust the cranes capacity based on the stabiliser legs positions, so the customer has the maximum capacity without compromising stability.
- AOS (anti oscillation suppression) dampens the load induced shocks during movements
- The Radio remote control in combination with Palfingers latest PALTRONIC150 overload protection system sets new standards in operator friendliness and feedback directly to the operator on the radio remote screen.
The crane itself has a lift capacity of 17,800kg at a reach of 4.4m, and 3750kg @ 17.8m. When the fly jib is fitted this versatile unit can lift 860kg @30.5m. Incorporate the 2.5 tonne winch and it is the biggest and most versatile Palfinger in NZ.
Tom Ryan Cartage (TRC) was established in 1979 with a single Bedford truck. Today, nearly 30 years later, it encompasses a fleet of over 260 of the industry's most modern trucks and units operating from two key locations in Auckland & Christchurch.
TRC is owned and operated by Tom himself, and is now established as one of New Zealand's most respected transport groups providing quality driven, reliable and cost effective transport solutions tailored to its client’s needs.
Tom has a fleet of 105 trucks and trailers operating mainly in the North Island, amongst the fleet there are 62 crane trucks in TRC colours and different customer colours.
Back in 1997 Tom Ryan purchased what was the largest Truck mounted crane in NZ (a PK66000) and has a PK72002 and PJ170 fly jib still giving good service after 10 years of operation.
The company now takes back the mantel of having the largest Truck mounted crane operational in New Zealand.
- Tuesday, 28 July 2015 11:38
Karl Smith, Gough Group CEO, has been selected to receive one of the Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship awards.