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PACCAR facility ramps up expansion with Kenworth delivery

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, PACCAR, has, as part of its expansion to its Melbourne facilities, seen the delivery of a V-type double girder crane.

The one-of-a-kind crane was delivered by a Kenworth Legend 900 after making the trip down the Hume Highway from Sydney.

Heavy-haulage specialists Membrey's Transport and Crane Hire were engaged by PACCAR to carry the 20 metre long crane with dual hoists and 16-tonne load capacity.

It will be installed as part of the ongoing expansion of the Bayswater site which since April has seen the completion of a new 400 space staff car park named after Ed Cameron ahead of the installation of a 2.1 metre Framing Robotic Cell expected in late 2020 and recent completion of the 20 metre extension of the main plant last month.

Membrey's relies on a fleet of Kenworth commercial vehicles specifically engineered for high gross concessional mass (GCM) applications. 

The $37 million investment, first announced at the DAF Australian assembly launch in August last year, includes a 1,500 square metre factory extension, with upgrades to the paint shop, featuring four new paint robots, and improved layouts for frame, cab build, cab trim, engine assembly and final line stations.

The final test operation is also being relocated away from the main plant to allow for more production space PACCAR confirmed.

In addition, a new 9,300 square metre on-site warehouse will be constructed, providing greater on site storage for components and a reduction in lead time for parts.

The project, planned for completion in 2021, will coincide with PACCAR Australia’s 50th year of manufacturing in Australia and will increase efficiency, quality and safety.

PACCAR Australia anticipates the plant expansion will enable the company to achieve its future growth plans producing Kenworth and DAF trucks in Australia.

PACCAR Australia Operations Director Tom Cooper said the company was pleased with the progress of work that had been completed to date

"The workforce has been incredibly accommodating whilst we work through these changes to continue to produce quality trucks our customers expect” he said.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us, though we are confident we will meet the project deadline with as little disruption as possible to staff and most importantly the manufacturing plant," said Cooper.

According to Cooper the expansion, once completed, would culminate in a better plant and workplace for all.

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