Aussie caravan company turns 40, remains committed to local manufacturing

Victorian caravan maker Jayco is celebrating its 40th anniversary and its
dominance of the local market.

In an
interview with News Corp, the company discussed its continued growth and
ability to remain competitive through innovation and its integrated
manufacturing operations.

“We have
committed to manufacturing here and we believe Australians can do it as well as
anyone else,” founder Gerry Ryan told The Courier-Mail.

It employs
1,000 currently and claims a market share of about 45 per cent in the Australian
market.

It
currently produces about 10,000 caravans a year at the purpose-built Dandenong
South site it has occupied since since 2007, and predicts revenues of about
$420 million this year.

Local costs
were a challenge, but Jayco has seen benefits in running a highly integrated
factory.

“Yes, we
have some hurdles with higher labour costs, but it pushes us to innovate and be
more efficient,” said Ryan.

As the Caravan Industry Association of Australia reported last week, the local sector
is performing strongly. Production was 21,300 in 2014, the second-best result
ever and an increase of 4.4 per cent on 2013.

Over 70 per
cent of caravans sold in Australia are made here.


Image: Jayco