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Isuzu ushers in new era with engine department rebrand

Isuzu Engines is no more. The engine department of the leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in the country Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) has been rebranded as Isuzu Power Solutions (IPS).

With a range encompassing engine blocks, radiators to flywheels, Premium Power Open Gensets, turn-key power units and its Japanese OEM range in addition to engineering services, IPS has a mandate to build upon its extensive product line-up now found in the likes of localised applications in emergency services, agricultural irrigation and large capital equipment on excavation operations.

IAL entered the re-power engine market in 2008 with a product range suitable for adaptations in the agricultural, industry, hydraulic pumping, irrigation, refrigeration and water pumping.

More recently IPS added Power Generating Sets as part of its product portfolio among the premium range of gensets, featuring locally-sourced and designed componentry fit for Australian conditions and applications.

New IAL CEO Andrew Harbison said the re-brand of its engine department aligned with the changing landscape of the static engine and re-power market.

“We believe the name ‘Isuzu Power Solutions’ captures the sort of all-encompassing and integrated power solutions offering that we stand behind,"

“For a long time now, we’ve recognised the very real opportunities in this space for IAL, and we’ve been lucky enough to have some very capable operators steering the ship for the last ten years.”

According to IAL, the re-brand follows the recent appointment of Matt Sakhaie to the role of Head of Power Solutions.

Sakhaie, who started out in the mid-nineties as a graduate mechanical engineer, moved from the energy sector into the vehicle and engine testing industry with stints at Volvo, Scania and Wartsila on projects in Northern Europe and the Middle East.

He joined Isuzu's Industrial Engines department in 2010.

“The re-brand represents a very exciting time for the department right now, and I’m extremely proud to have been offered this leadership opportunity,” Sakhaie said.

“Over the last decade we’ve managed to assemble a diverse, passionate and high-performing team here, and from very humble beginnings, we’ve achieved great things as a team," he said in a statement.

“There’s plenty more to do, and I’m excited by what the future holds in this dynamic and fast paced market.”

According to Harbison, Sakhaie, who has led lifecycle testing, product development and integration, was a logical choice for the position.

“It was a no brainer. Matt’s played hand in a wide variety of roles and disciplines within the department and has helped introduce and implement best practice engineering methods,” Harbison said.

“He’s dealt extensively with our parent company in Japan for some time now, and we’re extremely confident in his abilities. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

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