With the announcement that Volvo Group Australia is resuming truck production at its Wacol plant in south west Brisbane, Queensland, this means that all truck manufacturing is back on track in Australia and working towards returning to normal production levels.
The Covid-19 crisis saw plants in Australia close. The Volvo plant which assembles both Volvo and Mack trucks was closed due to the coronavirus and the subsequent disruption to shipping and component manufacture. The Paccar plant in Bayswater in Victoria, which builds both Kenworth and DAF trucks, closed for similar reasons, but also to enable an adaptation of the assembly process to ensure the correct social distancing for assembly line workers.
The third truck assembly plant in Australia, Iveco’s in Dandenong, Victoria, did not officially shut down but is running at, relatively, low levels for which component supplies are available.
After its four week shutdown as a result of supply chain disruption, work has recommenced at the Volvo Group’s, Wacol factory, as of May 11, truck production is back this week, in every Australian truck plant and truck manufacturing is back on track in Australia.
“Key suppliers, both locally and overseas have resumed the production and shipping of components over the last few weeks,” said Martin Merrick, President and CEO of Volvo Group Australia. “And I’m delighted to see work resume at our world class factory. The safety and well-being of our people comes first and foremost. As well the social distancing and hygiene measures currently in place, additional precautions like employee temperature monitoring will also be mandatory.
“Over the last seven weeks we’ve seen the best of the Australian transport industry delivering essential goods, services and people to their destinations in challenging circumstances. Our dealerships, parts distribution network and workshops have been on hand to support those vehicles during that time. And now I am very pleased to see our ‘Certified Australian Made’ Volvo and Mack trucks begin rolling out of the factory doors once again.”