Volvo Group Australia marks 50 years of Australian manufacturing

In News, Volvo2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 14, 2022

Volvo Group Australia has marked 50 years of building trucks in Australia this week with the handover of two special trucks to key customers.

The keys to a 50-year branded Volvo FH700XXL were handed over to Scott and Regina Harvey while Nathan Stephens of Ipswich-based JR Stephens also took delivery of a 50-year themed Mack Anthem.

“I am super proud to be here to help celebrate 50 years of building trucks here, this country is very important to Volvo Group, and we are here to stay,” said Volvo Trucks international senior vice president, Per Erik Lindstrom.

“While this is a celebration of our success and longevity in one of the toughest trucking markets on the planet, this is also a celebration of customer success,” said Martin Merrick, president and CEO, Volvo group Australia.

“Without long term customers like SRH and JR Stephens, we wouldn’t be able to mark this occasion.”

Scott and Regina Harvey started SRH milk haulage back in 1996 with a single Volvo at Hexham NSW. The company is now in three states with more than 60 trucks utilising both the Mack and Volvo brands.

This year marks 20 years of Mack trucks being built at the Wacol plant in Queensland, where JR Stephens has been from the start.

They are also a logistics supplier to the factory.

Volvo Group Australia’s Wacol manufacturing plant was established in June 1972. Since that time more than 70,000 Volvo and Mack trucks have been produced at the site.

Production of battery electric trucks is also expected to commence at the Wacol plant during 2025.