Howard Porter (manufacturer)

Howard Porter is an Australian industrial company manufacturing semi-trailers and truck bodies.

Howard Porter
FounderHoward Porter
ProductsTruck bodies
OwnerGiulio Lombardi
Roy Lombardi
SubsidiariesGlobal Trailer Solutions


Howard Porter was founded in 1936 by Howard Porter in Fremantle as a coachbuilder building timber horse carts. After three generations of Porter family ownership, it was sold in the 1990s to overseas interests. In 2004 it was purchased by Giulio and Roy Lombardi. By this stage it had relocated to Spearwood.[1][2][3][4]

From the 1950s until the 1990s, Howard Porter bodied buses, including many for the Metropolitan Transport Trust and it successor Transperth, and the Western Australian Government Railways and its successor Westrail. In the 1970s it built some with Custom Coaches kits. It later diversified into custom built semi-trailers and truck builds.[5]

In 2006 rival semi trailer manufacturing business SFM Engineering was purchased.[2][3] In 2010, Howard Porter completed a 320 trailer contract for the Gorgon gas project, reportedly the biggest trailer contract ever in Australia.[6][7] In 2012 a subsidiary trading as Global Trailer Solutions was established in Asia.[8][9]


  1. ^ Overview Howard Porter
  2. ^ a b Howard Porter Trailer Magazine 28 February 2010
  3. ^ a b Howard Porter: Setting the benchmark ATM September 2010 pages 42-52
  4. ^ A Flexible Approach for the Road Ahead Australian Resource Focus June 2012
  5. ^ Up close with Howard Porter's 33-axle quad Australian Mining 10 February 2017
  6. ^ Howard Porter celebrates $21m Gorgon contract completion The West Australian 3 March 2010
  7. ^ Local trailer maker pulling for Gorcon Gorcon Project Update issue 21 May 2010 page 3
  8. ^ Overview Global Trailer Solutions
  9. ^ Global Transport Solutions made in Asia The Asia Miner 13 March 2014

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