IVECO will cease local production of heavy trucks

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In an anticipated move for a while, IVECO has announced that it will fully import its Heavy Duty range from IVECO’s mmanufacturing plant in Spain and this transition should take place from the end of June 2022.

This will end 70 years of local manufacturing in what was originally the International Harvester facility in 1952 in Dandenong, Victoria.

IVECO acquired the production plant in 1992.

The utility vehicle manufacturer had for some time been importing its Light Duty, Medium Duty, select Heavy Duty, Minibus and Off-Road models in their entirety.

The Dandenong facility has been underutilized since 2018, when manufacturing of the ACCO model shifted from using major locally produced components such as the cabin to a new model based on the imported European model of the IVECO Stralis.

In a statement, IVECO Trucks Australia said the decision to fully import its Heavy Duty range will allow the company to more closely align the model year introduction schedules with those of its parent company in Europe and IVECO is now is expected to launch the new S-WAY model in Australia according to the global launch plan after extensive testing and validation under Australian conditions.

IVECO also announced as as part of a global transformation process, the Ddevelopment of personalization and Innovation Center (CIC).

Aher New business unit intended for leverage more of IVECO’s local engineering and manufacturing expertise, CIC will help transform the company’s focus towards personalization and innovation of its vehicles for local markets and better help IVECO customers and bodybuilders, especially those with complex body types, to achieve a more streamlined design and bodywork process for their vehicles.

Managing Director of IVECO Australia and New Zealand, Michael May said the decision to switch to local customization of fully imported vehicles was a natural progression of IVECO’s AAustralian and NOTuh Zeland transformation.

“Given our brand’s long manufacturing history in Australia, this next step towards personalization strengthens our ability to remain nimble and responsive to demanding regional requirements,” he said.

“This decision will also ensure that we are able to offer the market the very latest innovations in IVECO performance, comfort and safety, as soon as possible, and at the same time, capitalize on our expertise in design engineering and validation and customization. capabilities. ”

Over the coming months, IVECO will continue to engage with its employees who could be impacted by the announcement stop local manufacturing, and go provide appropriate support to the workforce involved.


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