Even as large automotive brands pulled out of Australian manufacturing, truck manufacturer Iveco has been pushing into the Australian market, increasingly selling and manufacturing on-shore.
Along with Volvo/Mack and Kenworth/DAF, Iveco is one of a few truck manufacturers still building in Australia. Since the announcement that a new truck model, the Stralis AT, would be manufactured in Dandenenong, Victoria, Iveco has seen great success.
With the success of of local Stralis production, Iveco has begun to invest in new tooling and software at its Dandenong facility to calibrate the AT’s adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems.
Iveco’s marketing manager, Darren Swenson, said that it is "a great feeling" seeing a product built by and for Australians roll off the production line.
“The addition of Stralis AT variants to the local production mix along with the validation of new power plants and other initiatives is great news for the local workforce and our third-party parts suppliers," he said.
“It is also great news for Australian truck buyers who can further reap the benefits that locally-manufactured vehicles provide. The expansion of local production not only reflects a strong belief from Iveco Australia that local manufacturing is sustainable, but the initiative is also strongly supported by our parent company, CNH Industrial.”
Iveco boss, Michael Jonson, says its great news for Australia, and the company.
“Iveco is one of only a few remaining commercial vehicle brands to manufacture here – this latest expansion in Australian-based production demonstrates the company’s commitment to having a strong local manufacturing presence,” he said.
"The expansion of local production not only reflects a strong belief from Iveco Australia that local manufacturing is sustainable, but the initiative is also strongly supported by Iveco parent company CNH Industrial."