Paccar lauds Bayswater plant expansion

Three-year project launched with ceremony, future growth predicted


Paccar Australia has marked a "groundbreaking month" with a ceremony to mark the beginning of its Bayswater plant expansion.

The expansion was first announced at the DAF Australian assembly launch in August last year, with the project to last three years.

The expansion will include a 1,500m factory extension, upgrades to the paint shop featuring four new paint robots and improved layouts for frame, cab build featuring a 2.1 metre framer, cab trim, engine assembly and final line stations.

The final test operation is also being relocated away from the main plant and a new 9,300m on-site warehouse will be constructed.

The project will improve efficiency, quality, safety and will reduce plant congestion, while also preparing Paccar Australia for future growth producing locally made Kenworth and DAF trucks, the company says.

"It makes perfect sense to do this, to employ the skills and quality workmanship of our employees and further utilise the world-class engineering and production facilities of our Bayswater plant," Paccar Australia managing director Andrew Hadjikakou told ATN when announcing DAF’s local assembly.

Read back on our exclusive insight on DAF’s local assembly, here

Pictured at the ceremony were Craig Membrey from Membrey’s Transport and Crane Hire, Daniel Crawford general manager of Hallam & Bayswater Truck Centres, PACCAR Australia managing director Andrew Hadjikakou, PACCAR Australia operations manager Tom Cooper, PACCAR Australia operations project manager Graeme Clementson, along with PACCAR Australia employees Cherrie Stringer, Erwin Tromp, Bernie Mathiasz, Tan Nguyen, Nina Miloro and Justyn Palmer.

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