Volvo Trucks Australia and Mack Trucks Australia were both recently featured in an Australian Made video series entitled “Australian Makers.” The video covers a Volvo and Mack production facility located in Wacol, Brisbane, and includes a segment with Martin Merrick, president and CEO of Volvo Group Australia, speaking about the manufacturing process. It also features two trucks, a Volvo FH and a Mack Trident, both of which feature the logo and colour scheme of the Australian Made Campaign.
A Point Of Pride
The Australian Made Campaign has certified all of Mack’s trucks, including the Granite, Metro-Liner, Super-Liner, Titan, and Trident, as well as Volvo’s FH, FM, and FMX Euro 5 models as “Australian made.” Volvo points to recent research from Roy Morgan indicating that 90% of Australians over the age of 14 are more likely to buy Australian made goods; the firm says the “Australian made” distinction is a point of pride for Volvo Group Australia.
Wacol Production Facility
Volvo came to Australia in 1972, which is also when the company established the precursor to the Wacol production facility. Mack has had a presence in the country for 100 years, but Mack Truck Australia was officially founded in 1963. The manufacturing facility in Wacol produces trucks for customers in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island region. Since its founding, the facility has manufactured more than 65,000 Volvo and Mack trucks. It works with 90 local suppliers and employs nearly 600 people.