Volvo Group has been highlighted in a video series showcasing local manufacturing.
The video series, produced by produced by Australian Made is entitled ‘Australian Makers’, and in this case it focusses on the maker’s two truck brands, Mack and Volvo that it manufactures in Australia at its Wacol, plant in Brisbane.
Volvo Group Australia’s president and CEO Martin Merrick is the spokesperson n the video highlighting key facts and details behind the manufacturing process and he explains why our local manufacturing capability is so important to the company’s customers.
The video is one of the first five in the ‘Australian Makers’ series and features two Volvo Group Australia trucks emblazoned with the Australian Made logo and colours.
The two trucks, a Mack Trident and a Volvo FH. are seen in a number of iconic Australian locations including on the Seacliff Bridge on the south coast of NSW and in front of Sydney’s Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Volvo has earned certification of ‘Australian Made’ for the entire Mack range including the Super- Liner, Metro-Liner, Granite, Trident and Titan, and for the Volvo FH, FM and FMX Euro5 models.
Volvo says that the Australian Made endoresement is a point of pride as more Australians turn to products locally manufactured and says this is also a point of difference for its products as it enables the company to customise its trucks to the owner’s needs.
According to Volvo latest Roy Morgan research indicates that 90 per cent of Australian’s over the age of 14 are more likely to buy Australian Made goods. The company says this is due to consumers linking the location of manufacturing to the quality-assurance of the product.
The video series marks another highlight for Mack and its storied history in Australia, as it coincides with the brand’s 100th anniversary in Australia. The first Mack arrived in Australia in 1919 while Mack Trucks Australia was founded in 1963 and has been building trucks in Queensland ever since.
Volvo Trucks arrived in Australia in 1972 establishing its production facility that would later become the current Wacol factory. Wacol currently supplies trucks for both Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Pacific Island region.
Volvo says the local factory, supports local engineers and ensures trucks are built for the unique, Australian conditions, with intensive on-site testing ensuring they can stand the toughest of conditions.
The company says that more than 65,000 Mack and Volvo Trucks have been manufactured at the factory, with more than 90 local suppliers aiding in the building process as well as close to 600 dedicated employees.