New boss at JOST
Posted: 20-Jan-2022 |

JOST New Zealand is starting its fifth year of operation with the appointment of Jaco de Kock to the role of general manager.

“We are delighted with the rapid growth of our young company, that has exceeded all our expectations, in particular when you consider the challenges posed by repeated COVID lockdowns over the last two years,” says James Mackie, managing director JOST Australia & NZ.

“Now, at the beginning of our fifth year, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Jaco de Kock to the position of general manager.

“Jaco joined the team late 2018 as operations manager, coming with 14 years’ experience with JOST products and 27 years with brake systems, 23 of those with EBS. In that role, Jaco has made a significant contribution to the growth of the business and has been a cornerstone in those start-up years,” Mackie says.

Jaco replaces Kate Bucknell who has led JOST NZ since its incorporation in February 2018.

“Kate was the perfect choice for JOST as the ‘founding’ head for our new business in NZ. She has done an outstanding job,” adds Mackie.

“We’re delighted that Kate has agreed to push back full retirement for a few more years and remains as director of the company. She will also continue to focus on the development of TRIDEC Systems and JOST Axles systems in NZ.”

JOST Axle Systems has seen a positive uptake from the market following its introduction in 2019. The JOST axle system offering is further strengthened now JOST NZ is a distributor for Knorr-Bremse Electronic Braking Systems and provides brake certification too.

JOST NZ also took over the TRIDEC distribution for NZ in 2021. TRIDEC is a world leader in the engineering, design, and manufacture of mechanical, hydraulic and electronically controlled steering and suspension Systems for trailers and has been part of JOST World since 2008.

With the expanded product portfolio, the team at JOST NZ has grown to several staff members, all of whom have many years of experience with JOST products and in the NZ road transport industry.

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