Some great news for Australian truck manufacturing this afternoon with PACCAR announcing it would start building some DAF Trucks in Melbourne next year.
The news comes just days after PACCAR handed over the 60,000th locally produced Kenworth truck.
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In a statement released this afternoon, PACCAR said some DAF trucks for the Australian market will be assembled at the PACCAR Australia production facility in Bayswater, commencing in the second half of 2018.
The company saying that the start of DAF assembly here is an outstanding vote of confidence in PACCAR Australia and Australian manufacturing as a whole.
PACCAR Australia Managing Director, Andrew Hadjikakou, says while the majority of the DAF model range for Australia will continue to be imported from the DAF plant in the UK, there is potential to extend DAF’s local production progressively in the short- to mid-term.
“As DAF’s volumes have increased over the past few years, local assembly of DAF trucks has been a discussion point in PACCAR, and we recently received approval to go ahead with plans to assemble DAF trucks on a dedicated line in the same factory where we build Kenworth.”
“We are delighted to now be able to use the skills and facilities of Bayswater and its people to invest in DAF’s future here too, said Andrew. This is a great indication of the foresight and faith of our parent company.
“It makes sense to do this, to employ the skills and quality workmanship of our employees and further use the world-class engineering and production facilities of our Bayswater plant.”
We will keep you updated as further details come to hand and stay up to date with the latest DAF Trucks News at heavyvehicles.com.au.