Impact of Bolwell fire on truck makers uncertain


Supplier still assessing extent of damage after huge fire at factory but clarity is expected within days

Impact of Bolwell fire on truck makers uncertain
The fire brigade’s response to the Bolwell incident

The effect on truck-building customers of the fire at supplier Bolwell remains unclear four days later.

Bolwell’s Mordialloc factory caught fire last Thursday, prompting a major response from Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade.  

The materials, design and engineering firm, perhaps best known for its sports motoring focus, is a long-term supplier of composite truck bodies and air farings for Paccar and Iveco along with fire-retardant truck tanks.

"Paccar is working closely with the Bolwell team to assess the potential impact of the fire on our operations," Paccar states.

"As safety checks on the facility are completed and access to the facility is granted, more details will be available to support our response planning activities, which are already underway."

It is understood that Bolwell’s task in gauging the extent of the damage is still underway but a clearer picture will emerge mid-week, with Paccar’s preliminary contingency plans are already in place.

ATN is awaiting responses from Iveco and Bolwell.

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