Volvo Group to halt Wacol production into May

Queensland factory closes temporarily in virus precaution

Volvo Group to halt Wacol production into May
Volvo’s Wacol facility


Volvo Group Australia’s (VGA’s) Wacol factory will cease production for a month due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The closure is from April 13 to May 10.

"We have successfully implemented social distancing and hygiene initiatives throughout our business and to keep our factory running, however, Covid-19 has made a considerable impact in limiting supply chains around the world and our supply chain is no exception," VGA president and CEO Martin Merrick says.

"The decision to idle our factory due to global supply chain disruptions will not only serve to secure our business over the long term, it will also serve to support the 90 plus suppliers that in turn support our supply chain.

"Volvo Group Australia is committed to supporting a safe, sustainable, efficient and productive transport and manufacturing industry locally.

"We are committed to customer success and acknowledge the challenges faced by our business partners in these uncertain times."

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The company highlights that this decision does not affect the operation of VGA’s private and company-owned workshops and service agents "who are continuing to support our truck and bus customers".

The National Parts Distribution Centre in Sydney is also currently operational as normal, supporting the dealer network and customers.

"We are committed to playing our part in supporting the transport industry during these challenging times," Merrick says.

"We have put in place social distancing and hygiene measures at all sites to combat the spread of Covid-19, we are servicing our truck and bus customers who are ensuring essential supplies and essential workers reach their destinations safely."


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