PACCAR ramps up factory production in Melbourne

PACCAR Australia has confirmed production at its Bayswater facility in Melbourne is set to increase.

The commercial vehicle manufacturer of Kenworth and DAF trucks is at present expanding its workforce with recruitment for the factory underway.

It’s a positive development in Victoria where harsh lockdown measures have crippled the economy with a reported 696,000 jobs lost, an estimated 21 per cent of the state’s workforce according to the Institute of Public Affairs.

The news at PACCAR follows its recent employment of more than 120 people for its Kenworth DAF Bayswater plant where its head office is also located.

PACCAR Australia Managing Director Andrew Hadjikakou said it was a positive development for local manufacturing.

“Being a proud Australian manufacturer with a predominantly Australian supplier base means we are not suffering some of the constraints of overseas component supply,” he said.

“Australians are patriotic and are showing that supporting Australian manufacturing is important to them,” said Hadjikakou.

He added that the increase in production reflects the work carried out across the business in managing the restrictions and challenges PACCAR has faced as a Victorian-based business this year.

“I am proud of the dedication and enthusiasm displayed by all PACCAR Australia employees, our dealers and suppliers in ensuring we keep delivering world class Kenworth and DAF trucks while adhering to Government guidelines on social distancing and maintaining health and safety standards,” continued Hadjikakou.

“As we go into our 50th year of manufacturing Australian-made Kenworth trucks, we also celebrate the assembling of DAF trucks in Australia, having more than doubled the number of DAFs being produced in the plant since 2018. The increase in production provides a positive outlook for the future growth of both brands in Australia,” he said.

“In preparation for this growth, the $40 million Bayswater site expansion is well underway and is on schedule for completion in 2021.”

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