The ‘Design Our Future’ grant was announced today at the Queen St Mall in the presence of the Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, and 500 Volvo Group staff from the Brisbane factory, during the launch of Volvo’s newest truck, the Volvo FH.
Volvo Group President and CEO, Arne Knaben, says this is a grant that aims to encourage young industrial designers and engineers to present their ideas for the future of transport. “The winners of the competition will receive a guided tour of Volvo’s local factories in Australia and in Sweden, and a trip to Volvo’s world-renowned design studio in Gothenburg.
“The New FH is a huge leap forward, not just for Volvo, but for the Australian transport industry. We’re incredibly proud to have played an integral role in the design and development of this truck. We’re also proud to be building them right here in Brisbane— we’re a local manufacturer and every Volvo you see on the road in Australia has been built right here.”
Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk presided over the launch and congratulated the Volvo employees present for their role in the production of the safest Volvo ever. “Volvo is a great advertisement for Brisbane’s high-tech manufacturing sector – employing over 500 workers at Wacol, generating jobs and important economic activity for Brisbane residents and businesses.”
“The New FH will carry Volvo into the next decade or more, so its launch seemed an appropriate time to announce this grant,” said Knaben. “In the New FH we have the best example yet of what excellence in truck design can achieve, especially when that design is driven by a clear set of core values. The Volvo Trucks ‘Design Our Future’ grant will help to ensure that the trucks of the future carry safety, quality and environmental care at the heart of their designs. We’re tremendously excited to see what our contestants will come up with.”