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Abcor announces multi-million dollar supply contract with Isuzu

Australian company, Abcor, has signed a five-year contract with Isuzu Trucks Australia for the supply of high-tech bull bars.

According to Abcor, the deal represents the culmination of a “long and involved development program” with Isuzu in both Japan and Australia and took more than two years to complete.

Announcing the contract, Abcor Director, John Kaias, said the result might see the company export locally made equipment to other Isuzu markets, too.

“The partnership approach was important for Isuzu and us," he explained. "Our engineers worked side-by-side, including several meetings in Japan, to ensure the product design, manufacture and performance was outstanding.

“It was vital to integrate the bull bar performance and styling with the truck and for the final product to be endorsed by Isuzu Japan as a genuine part.”

To fulfil the contract, Abcor said it invested heavily in new equipment at its multi-million dollar automated production facility in Campbellfield, Victoria, and would employ an additional 22 staff.

“Bull bars are a highly specialised accessory and must meet stringent design rules," Kaias said. "The production utilises the latest world-leading manufacturing techniques including robotic welding and polishing to produce these world class bull bars.”

Isuzu Australia Director and COO, Phil Taylor, commented, “Abcor’s commitment to excellence, among other criteria, has been a standout attribute since the start of the process. We are delighted with the business partnership and look forward to a successful collaboration.”

Abcor, trading originally as Preston General Engineering, was founded in 1971. With a strong focus on world leading design, engineering and manufacturing skills, the company now employs more than 200 people across automotive, truck and defence divisions.

“We are an all Australian company and very proud of our world class design, innovation, engineering and manufacturing capabilities. We will continue to develop homegrown skills and use Australian suppliers where possible, to keep manufacturing in Australia competitive and renowned,” said Kaias.

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