Truck component maker Abcor has picked up a five-year deal with truck market leader Isuzu to supply high-end bull bars.
The contract will see Abcor producing bullbars for the Australian and New Zealand markets with a potential to supply external markets as well, with the deal been developed with Isuzu Company Limited in Japan and its local counterpart Isuzu Australia Limited.
Component maker for the automotive, truck and defence industries Abcor today announced a new five year supplier contract with Australia’s number one truck seller Isuzu to produce high-tech bull bars.
According to Abcor director John Kaias the deal was two years in the making.
“The partnership approach was important for Isuzu and us. 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,” he said.
To fulfil the contract, Abcor invested heavily in new equipment at its multi-million dollar automated production facility in Campbellfield and will employ an additional 22 staff.
New tooling equipment for the highly specialised manufacturing and assembly line was supplied by a local automotive tool maker, providing work for other Victorian businesses in the struggling automotive industry.
“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 boss Phil Taylor said Abcor’s reputation preceded it and its globally competitive pricing was a key factor in winning the contract.
“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,” Taylor said.