Australian truck manufacturing ‘punches above its weight’

The Truck Industry Council presented at the Senate References Committee last week, putting itself forward as a rare good news story in the country’s automotive sector and winning praise for its success.

Australian Transport News reports that CEO Tony McMullen said his industry, which has existed in the country since the 1950s, had sold over 340,000 vehicles so far.

"In every case their local content by value exceeds their imported content,” ATN reports him as saying.

"Last year, 48 percent of heavy trucks (above 16.5 tonnes) were designed and manufactured in Australia with an average sale price in excess of $200,000.

According to the industry’s peak body, September sales figures (for heavy-duty, medium-duty and light-duty categories of truck) of 2,865 units were the best result for the month in a decade.

David Bushby, a Tasmanian Liberal Party senator, said that the industry had competed against imports and punched above its weight "Through innovation, tailoring product and being acutely connected with customer requirements.”

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