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PACCAR Australia wins Manufacturing Hall of Fame Award

The Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Award for Leadership in Workforce Skills has been presented to PACCAR Australia at a gala dinner at Crown Palladium.

A 2012 inductee into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame, PACCAR Australia was recognised for its investment and development of its employees, suppliers and dealer network associated with the design, launch, manufacture and aftermarket support of the Kenworth T610.

Andrew Hadjikakou, Managing Director, PACCAR Australia, said it was gratifying to be acknowledged by the government for its work in manufacturing and skills development.

“We are immensely proud of our long history of manufacturing Kenworth trucks in Australia and the work we are undertaking to secure our position as the pre-eminent truck manufacturer in the country with a highly skilled workforce,” he said.

PACCAR Australia was also recognised by the Manufacturing Hall of Fame for its milestone achievement of manufacturing 60,000 Kenworth trucks in Australia.

To date, PACCAR Australia maintains a supply chain of 70 major suppliers nationally and employs over 1,100 staff.

According to Hadjkakou, manufacturing for PACCAR Australia has grown over 15 consecutive months in Victoria.

“Production of Kenworth trucks continues to increase and with our announcement at the end of last year that assembly of DAFs will commence in the third quarter at our Bayswater Production Facility we are optimistic this will contribute to further growth in the state and the country,” he said.

“The success of the Kenworth range in Australia is due to the company’s commitment to offer products that are designed and manufactured in Australia, with ongoing capital investment from PACCAR Inc. in the form of product research, design and manufacturing technology.”

The Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards were established in 2001 as a showcase of companies and individuals in manufacturing and innovation in Victoria.

Vanessa Katsanevakis was recognised as the Young Manufacturer of the Year Award for her leadership role at kitchen supply business Sussex Taps. Bosch Australia was awarded the Manufacturer of the Year in the Large Business category. Siemens took out the new Leader in Industry 4.0 award.

Hon Ben Carroll, Minister for Industry and Employment, hosted the event, which was attended by more than 1,000 industry professionals.

He said manufacturing in Victoria had seen its best upsurge in 15 years.

The manufacturing industry in Victoria contributes to $27.7 billion to the state economy with more than 13,000 businesses employing more than 286,000 people.

“Manufacturing has a bright future and the Andrews Labor Government will continue to support this important industry to create jobs and boost Victoria’s economy,” said Carroll.

(PACCAR Australia employees: Tom Cooper, PACCAR Australia Operations Director, Andrew Hadjikakou, Managing Director, (second from left) and Robert Brierley, HR Manager, far right).

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