WHILE Toyota has become the latest car manufacturer to announce they will close doors in 2017, truck manufacturing operations are just getting stronger.Since the Volvo Groups Wacol factory became a multi-branded factory in 2002 production has increased at the site.Tom Conlon, Chief Financial Officer, Volvo Group Australia said the operation was fully sustainable and more than $9 million had been invested in plant improvements.In 2013 the Wacol factory produced more than 2650 Mack and Volvo trucks. This success has been attributed to the Volvo Groups approach to provide the right products customised for Australian and NZ markets.We build customised trucks to suit the Australian marketplace based off a Global platform and architecture capable to cope with the extreme heat and climatic conditions, high train weights and long distances that typify the Australian market. By being here in Australia as an assembler we can be very close to our customers, Mr Conlon said.
We have 500 staff in the Wacol Assembly plant which is a large portion of the 1460 people employed by Volvo Group Australia (in Australia).The Volvo Group has been producing vehicles for over 40 years in Australia at the Wacol Assembly plant.We are very committed to this market we will continue to manufacture in Australia with customised products for the Australian market place.The on-site engineering department allows Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks to design and manufacture products for the Australian market, specific to customer requirements.About 85% of the trucks built are custom-modified on the line.Volvo in AustraliaIn 2012, the Volvo Group celebrated 40 years of manufacturing in Australia. Established in 1972, the production facility is the largest assembly plant for heavy duty trucks in Australia.The factory employs over 500 highly skilled people of 37 different nationalities representing a key portion of the 1460 staff employed by Volvo Group Australia.
The group is committed to developing a future which continues to celebrate diversity and encourage innovative thinking; they have invested in the training and development of 69 apprentices within the factory and dealerships.With the Volvo flagship model truck, the FH, there were 1,133,000 test kilometres accumulated by three trucks in Australia making Australia the top contributor to the global testing program for the new truck.