Truck component manufacturer Abcor has secured a five-year contract to supply high-end bull bars for Isuzu.
Abcor will be producing the bullbars for Australian and New Zealand markets, with the potential to export to other markets.
The deal was two years in the making, according to Abcor director John Kaias.
“The partnership approach was important for Isuzu and us,” he said.
“Our engineers worked side-by-side, including several meetings in Japan, to ensure product design, manufacture and performance was outstanding. It was vital to integrate the bull bar performance and styling with the truck and for the final product to be endorsed by Isuzu Japan as a genuine part.”
To fulfil the contract, Abcor invested heavily in new equipment at its multi-million dollar automated production facility in Campbellfield and will employ an additional 22 staff. The new tooling equipment needed for the highly specialised manufacturing and assembly line was supplied by an automotive tool maker, also located in Victoria.
“Bull bars are a highly specialised accessory and must meet stringent design rules,” said Kaias.
“The production utilises the latest world-leading manufacturing techniques including robotic welding and polishing to produce these world class bull bars.
“We are an all Australian company and are very proud of our world class design, innovation, engineering and manufacturing capabilities. We will continue to develop homegrown skills and use Australian suppliers where possible, to keep manufacturing in Australia competitive and renowned.”