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Mercer’s colours in the TDM mix
PPG Imaging Awards - March 2021

The inspiration for the sharp livery on the trucks run by Franklin company TDM Construction is an interesting mix of commercial and personal influences.

A couple of the icons on the company logo are pretty clearcut, straightforward: A digger bucket and a drainage pipe are cues taken from TDM’s civil construction and drainlaying business.

Then there’s the thistle icon: That’s all about the Scottish heritage of brothers Todd, Dean and Marc Black, who own and operate the company. 

The bright yellow and royal blue stripes – which are painted on plain white cabs – are also family-inspired: They’re the colours of the Mercer Rowing Club….which the entire Black family h... ... 

Large-scale NZ rebrand under way
PPG Imaging Awards - February 2021

It amounts to, Aramex New Zealand CEO Scott Jenyns believes, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) rebranding exercises applied to a Kiwi commercial vehicle fleet.

By the time it’s completed, probably by the end of this year, about 30 linehaul tractor and trailer units and more than 300 courier vans will have been re-liveried….

Changed from the royal blue-based colour scheme worn by the former Fastway Courier’s trucks (with red and white signwriting) – to vivid red tractor units and curtainsider trailers, with white signage.

While the signwriting on the mostly-white courier vans has been switching from blue and red, to red and white (including company logos and red... ... 

Green, green… and green again
PPG Imaging Awards - December 2020

For 20 years, Don Wilson drove and ran green trucks for Pukekohe-based fresh produce growers Balle Brothers – helping the company diversify into livestock transport.
Even when the livestock operation was spun-off into a separate company – Balle Brothers Livestock Transport – the trucks stayed in exactly the same laurel green/asparagus green Balle Bros colours.
So when that was replaced by a new company – with a new name, a new ownership structure (with Don holding a half-share) and a new colour scheme, he came up with some very different ideas for the primary colour on the eight-strong fleet….
And still ended up opting for a lighter shade ... ... 

“Compromise” creates classic colours
PPG Imaging Awards - November 2020

When three Carter Holt Harvey log truck owner-drivers joined forces back in 1997 to form a company that would become one of the forest owner’s key suppliers, the choice of a colour scheme led to “a good, strong debate.”
The thing is, each of the three founders of Aztec Forestry Transport Developments had different colours! 
Ken Angus, one of the trio, chooses his words carefully: No, he says, the “debate” wasn’t heated – but “yeah, it was ‘character-building.’ ” 
It was actually a two-way discussion – between Angus and Aztec business partner Peter Phillips – with co-founder Steve Seg... ... 

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