It’s been a difficult period for Australian manufacturing and the workforce that depends on the industry.
Fortunately, in the truck manufacturing industry at least, Australia is punching above its weight with local manufacturing of Iveco, Volvo, Mack, Kenworth and DAF trucks continuing and even expanding.
Isuzu, the big-selling Japanese brand, continues to import their vehicles from their domestic manufacturing plants, however Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) are doing what they can to assist the local economy.
Phil Taylor, IAL Director and COO, has told heavyvehicles.com.au that the brand is committed to sourcing locally-designed and manufactured bodies for its Ready to Work range.
“When we were expanding our Ready to Work range we wanted to utilise the body building expertise of Australian businesses.
“Not just to support local business, but to ensure that we had the best product available for our customers.
“We believe that this specific regional approach has helped to make the Ready to Work models a world-class pre-bodied truck range.”
Meantime, Isuzu is now also sourcing a new bull-bar range from Victorian fabricator, Abcor, and that deal has helped create an additional 22 jobs.
“Every component in these vehicles has been designed specifically for Australian conditions.” Mr Taylor said.
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