MaxiTRANS has announced it has opened a new heavy-duty trailer manufacturing facility at Carole Park in Queensland.

The company says the new facility has been purpose-built to provide an added boost to MaxiTRANS’ Australian manufacturing capability, replacing the existing facility in Richlands.

“The new Carole Park facility is an exciting expansion for MaxiTRANS which will provide greater safety, flexibility, efficiency and quality outcomes for our business and our customers,” said Dean Jenkins, MaxiTRANS managing director and CEO.

The new 14,30 square metre facility adds to the company’s existing Australian manufacturing footprint across metropolitan and regional Victoria, which manufactures transport equipment for a wide range of market segments.

“Designed to match the equipment levels and standard processes available at Ballarat, Carole Park will provide greater capacity to the MaxiTRANS Group and will allow us to continue to better serve our customers with the ability to cover any total market growth.”

“The existing manufacturing site in Richlands predominantly produced bulk transport trailers. This new facility has the ability to also manufacture Freighter product too, allowing us to diversify our manufacturing capability,” said Dean.

Transition to the new facility is estimated to create up to 70 new jobs thanks to Queensland Government support as part of Unite and Recover – an initiative designed to support Queensland jobs and industry through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the help of the Queensland Government, we have a new facility that gives us more scope and flexibility to expand our Australian manufacturing capability, as well as further bolster our aftersales support here in Queensland,” said Dean.

The existing workforce is anticipated to double, with the current 70 staff moving to the new facility and up to 70 new operational jobs expected to be created over the next five years.

There will also be exciting opportunities for local TAFEs and universities to work with MaxiTRANS to provide specialised in-house training and skills development programs.

Production at the new Carole Park facility has commenced, with the first trailer produced at the new facility completed this month.

“We want to thank our staff, customers and suppliers for their on-going support during the transition to the new site, particularly during what has been a challenging environment for everyone,” said Dean. Adding that it was fantastic to see the first trailer unit produced at Carole Park roll off the production line ready to be delivered to another happy customer.