Paccar Australia  has  hit a milestone in its $37 million Bayswater plant expansion  with the delivery of a one-of-a-kind V-type double girder crane last week.

Measuring 20 metres in length, with dual-hoists and a 16 tonne load capacity, the crane will be installed as part of the Bayswater site expansion which has been underway since the ground-breaking ceremony in January.

The oversize load made its way down the Hume Highway from Sydney transported by, Membrey’s Transport and Crane Hire using a Kenworth Legend 900, affectionately called ‘Jack’ named after owner Craig Membrey’s son.

The Bayswater site expansion has seen the completion of a new 400-space staff car park in April called the Ed Cameron Carpark, and, in preparation for the installation of a 2.1 metre Framing Robotic Cell in late 2020, the completion in September, of a 20 metre extension to the main plant.

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. To allow for more production space, the final test operation is also being relocated away from the main plant. 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. Overall, the plant expansion will enable Paccar Australia to achieve its future growth plans producing Kenworth and DAF trucks in Australia.

“We are more than pleased with the progress of work that has been completed so far on the expansion of the Paccar Australia site. The workforce has been incredibly accommodating whilst we work through these changes to continue to produce quality trucks our customers expect” said Tom Cooper, Paccar Australia’s Operations Director.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us, though are confident we will meet the project deadline with as little disruption as possible to staff and most importantly the manufacturing plant; culminating in a better plant and workplace for all.”