The truck manufacturing industry is alive and growing in 2018 and now one of the key players has taken out a respected manufacturing award.
PACCAR Australia, local manufacturer of Kenworth and DAF Trucks, has been named a winner of a Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Award.
The vehicle manufacturer being heralded for a third time by the Victorian Government for its Leadership in Workforce Skills, particularly investment in boosting the skills of workers.
“It is gratifying to be recognised by the government for our work in manufacturing and skills development. – Andrew Hadjikakou, Managing Director of PACCAR Australia
“We are immensely proud of our long history of manufacturing Kenworth trucks in Australia and the work we are undertaking to secure our position as the pre-eminent truck manufacturer in the country with a highly skilled workforce.”
PACCAR Australia employs more than 1,100 people directly, while the local manufacturing of trucks creates many more jobs among roughly 70 Australian companies supplying the business with components and other services.
Mr Hadjkakou says the local manufacturing industry is booming.
“Manufacturing has grown for 15 consecutive months in Victoria and we are so proud to be part of that progress.
“Production of Kenworth trucks continues to increase and, with our announcement at the end of last year that assembly of DAFs will commence in the third quarter at our Bayswater Production Facility, we are optimistic this will contribute to further growth in the state, and the country.”
Other manufacturers building trucks in Australia include Iveco and the Volvo Group (Volvo and Mack).