Volvo Group Australia factory operations temporarily shut down

In News, Volvo2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMarch 30, 2020

In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, Volvo Group Australia has announced a temporary four-week shutdown of the Wacol, Queensland manufacturing plant. The closure is set to become effective from 13 April, with work set to resume on 10 May.

“Covid-19 has made a considerable impact in limiting supply chains around the world and our supply chain is no exception,” said Volvo Group Australia president and CEO of Martin Merrick. “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 who 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.”

Volvo does not expect this decision to significantly affect the supply of Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks to the New Zealand market during the shutdown period, because of New Zealand‘s current national lockdown.

Clive Jones

MTD Trucks general manager Clive Jones said the Motor Trucks Distributors team has been and will remain in contact with affected customers and are committed to working closely to minimise any impact.

“Our sales support teams will remain available by phone/email to discuss current and/or future truck requirements.”

Upon New Zealand‘s national lockdown at midnight 25 March, shipments of trucks to New Zealand were suspended to ensure port activity was restricted to essential services. However, a number of completed trucks will be shipped immediately when the current lockdown is lifted.

Truck Stops NZ Ltd, the aftersales support network for Mack Trucks and Volvo Truck and Buses, is remaining open to support customers who are considered essential services during the current lockdown.

“At this unprecedented time, we would like to acknowledge the support of our customers and in particular the resilience and commitment from our team who have continued to work from home in extremely challenging conditions,” said Jones.