Manufacturing in Australia is a trucking good success

Yesterday, Volvo Group Australia handed over the 50,000th truck manufactured at their Wacol plant, in Queensland. The proud recipient was long-term client, Nolan’s Interstate Transport.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz attended the special event and spoke to the critical importance of heavy vehicle manufacturing and his affinity for the Nolan brand.

“Today represents the coming together of two wonderful Australian companies. As a former transport operator, I know the Australian transport and trucking sector has embraced Volvo and Nolan’s is a fine example of that.

Mr Buchholz said this was a very special occasion for Volvo and the Nolan family.

“Both of the companies represented in this room have a proud legacy in Australian Trucking and I thank Volvo Group for their ongoing commitment to Australian manufacturing and jobs and of course to Nolan’s Interstate Transport, a stalwart of the industry.

Mr Buchholz said companies like Nolan’s have literally kept shelves stocked during the pandemic, and wonderful Australian Made heavy vehicles kept the wheels turning.

“The fact that this truck remains at home here in Queensland, the fact it ended up with a beautiful genuine family, there is not a better match for this 50,000th order.

The first Nolan vehicle in the early 1900’s was a horse drawn cart carrying cream, wood and milk across the Lockyer Valley. From humble origins, Nolan’s Interstate Transport is now a fifth-generation operation and one of the largest family-owned and operated Transport businesses in Queensland.

Mr Buchholz said the success of Volvo and Nolan’s was the ultimate Australian success story.

“It pleases me greatly to see heavy vehicle manufacturing still going strong to this day, almost 50 years later, with one of the pioneers of our local manufacturing scene, Volvo Trucks.”

“In 2020, that is helping to move an estimated 224 billion tonne-kilometres of road freight across Australia, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics, Mr Buchholz said.

“The Morrison Government has supported the uptake of new heavy vehicles with improved safety technology, by increasing the instant asset write off threshold for businesses and introduced temporary full expensing to support investment and jobs.

“It pleases me greatly to see heavy vehicle manufacturing still going strong to this day, almost 50 years later, with one of the pioneers of our local manufacturing scene, Volvo Trucks.”

“Keep on trucking!” Mr Buchholz said.