Commencing in 1976 in Portland, Kalari expanded its fleet through the late 1970s and early 1980s, while winning contracts with Melbourne glass and steel industry leaders. Soon after, Kalari diversified into quarry operations through further acquisitions.
During the 1980s, the business grew through investment in specialised equipment alongside major contracts to service the aluminium, chemical and milling industries.
In 1994, Kalari became a fully owned subsidiary of the global Swire group. The business moved to Melbourne and expanded further, consolidating its industry position with national contracts in the chemical, packaging, recycling and mining industries.
The acquisition of Titan Bulk Transport in 2005 and all road haulage operations of fellow Swire subsidiary Transwest Haulage Holdings in 2006 provided further growth. The acquisition of Moohins Hinterland Transport in the same year gave Kalari a strong position in Queensland’s ammonium nitrates market. In 2014, Kalari’s presence in the west was strengthened by the acquisition of the business of Bullbuck, a contract bulk haulage operator based in Port Hedland, Western Australia, adding 40 specialised quad road trains to the fleet and opening relationships with new customers.
Today, Kalari is one of Australia’s most innovative and prominent specialist bulk logistics providers. With nationwide depots in key locations and a large national fleet, Kalari is perfectly equipped to offer specialised logistics services to the mining and resources sector.