TRUCKING company, Paki Transport, has made the largest purchase by a local company of Western Star prime movers in Lae.
Paki Transport owner, Kandaso Napi, bought five trucks for K3.4 million.
Western Star sales manager David Norman said the sales had lifted Western Star’s outlook in a market dominated by Kenworth trucks.
The cost of one of the trucks is K690,000 but was given at a discounted price because of the number of trucks bought.
Mr Norman said the purchase was the first fleet sale for the company and arrangements were already in place for a second purchase this time bigger.
Mr Napi, who also has a contract with Barrick Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) and the Ramu nickel mine in Madang, said the purchase of trucks, he now owned 11 highway trucks.
He said the additional trucks would greatly increase his fleets for freighting services.
Mr Napi is also making plans to purchase another 10 trucks from Western Star Trucks Pacific.
He said he was the first Papua New Guinean to be awarded a freight contract with BCL in the mid-70s and ran a successful trucking business until the Bougainville crises forced him into closure in 1990.