Component maker for the auto and defence industries Abcor opened a $15m manufacturing facility at Campbellfield in Melbourne’s north today.
The purpose-built plant will create 30 new jobs and operate in conjunction with Abcor’s existing facilities to produce in excess of 12,000 steel bull bars per year annually for the new generation Toyota Hilux.
“The investment in our new high-tech facility ensures we meet the very specific design and manufacturing demands of Toyota and enables us to continue our strong growth despite the well-known issues around local manufacturing,” said Abcor Director John Kaias, Director Abcor.
Toyota Australia President, Mr Dave Buttner explained that Toyota recognised the importance of having globally competitive, sustainable and capable local suppliers.
“The bull bars are a highly specialised premium component unique to the Australian market. It is critical for a company such as Toyota to find a local partner able and willing to take on the engineering and manufacturing of such an important niche market,” Buttner said.
Victorian Industry Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio was on hand to open the new facility.
“Abcor’s success is testament to the company’s world class engineering and design capabilities, and a welcome development for the local manufacturing sector and the broader economy,” she said.