Volvo Group Australia has cut the ribbon a new headquarters west of Brisbane.
The new facility (seen below) includes a modern office block, a dealership and workshop, and covers 33,000 square metres.
Making the journey from Sweden for the opening was the big boss of Volvo, Martin Lundstedt (seen above with the QLD Premier).
Mr Lundstedt telling the gathered media and VIPs that the new facility is sure to help Volvo Group Australia (VGA) continue to make even larger gains in the Australian truck and bus markets.
“This is an investment in the future.”
Locally, VGA has increased its truck market share from 21.5% in 2013 to better than 27% in 2017.
And more than one in three buses sold in Australia is a Volvo.
The Volvo boss saying he was happy and proud with the results particularly because “you have to be good to be successful in Australia.”
Mr Lundstedt also updated us on the progress of Scania on the global stage, the Volvo chief welcoming recent financial results showing a lift in revenue and profits in the second quarter.
All divisions of the Volvo Group are now making money including trucks, buses, finance, defense and construction.
Helping the company bottom-line, according to the Volvo Group chief, included the performance of the Australia-bound Mack Anthem in the U.S. market.
Better results from Renault Trucks in Europe and the growing popularity of the UD Trucks Quon were also singled out.
Some of those technologies have already been seen in Australia, or are on the way, include new crawler gears, dynamic steering and dual-clutch transmission.
And he feels confident that things are going to keep going well both globally and in Australia.
“We are definitely in an industry that has a big future.”
Mr Lundstedt also spoke about Volvo’s autonomous truck technology developments and admitted the manufacturer might have jumped into the tech just a little early.
But he said this early start has helped keep Volvo Group ahead of rivals.
The Volvo boss saying technologies like dynamic steering and Lane Keep Assist that feature on new Volvo trucks today are a step towards handing over more control to the vehicle.
He said this would provide better safety outcomes in applications and environments such as mining, quarries and ports.
While he felt that in Australia we are likely to see platooning technology at work in road train type applications.
“We have the platform to make this happen.”
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