History

Wacol, Queensland - Plant opening

The history of Volvo trucks in Australia started in the late 1960's then as part of the Volvo car activity. In July 1970, a new company, Volvo Australia Pty Ltd, was formed to strengthen the Volvo brand and the support available for car, truck and bus customers. Starting modestly with 95 employees in 2 converted warehouses in Sydney, the growth in Volvo popularity meant these faculties were soon outgrown and new purpose built facilities were built in 1971.

This was the trend in major capitol investment over the next five years, with Volvo locations opening in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

In June 1972, just 4 years after commencing commercial vehicle operations in Australia, Volvo opened a large plant in Wacol, Queensland to assemble its range of trucks and bus chassis.

At that time, it was the 2nd largest Volvo truck assembly plant outside of Sweden and even today, it is the largest truck assembly plant in Australia.

Wacol factory expansion 1972 - Photos by Millars Photographics/Tony Petch (ARTHA) Collection

Wacol factory expansion 1972 .jpg
Wacol factory expansion 1972 .jpg

As part of the commitment to local assembly, the acquired plant in the Brisbane suburb of Wacol was significantly expanded to accommodate paint and final assembly
Wacol factory 1972 - chassis drilling.jpg
Wacol factory 1972 - chassis drilling.jpg

Wacol factory 1972 - chassis drilling. The chassis assembly starts with the blank rails being hand drilled
Wacol factory 1972 - chassis assembly.jpg
Wacol factory 1972 - chassis assembly.jpg

Wacol factory 1972 - chassis assembly. The rivets used to assemble rails and crossmembers are clamped
Wacol factory 1972 - engine installation.jpg
Wacol factory 1972 - engine installation.jpg

Wacol factory 1972 - engine installation. The engine is lowered into the near completed chassis
Wacol factory 1972 - cab installation (F86).jpg
Wacol factory 1972 - cab installation (F86).jpg

Wacol factory 1972 - cab installation. The cab for the F86 is gently lowered into position




 

This investment culminated in a National Parts Warehouse facilities at Minto in 1975.

Volvo Trucks' global developments over the past 80+ years is an impressive testimony of vision and achievement. You can read more on the key product milestones by following this link
volvotrucks.com/trucks/global/en-gb/company/history/Pages/history.aspx.

The Volvo museum in Gothenburg, Sweden is where you will follow the history of Volvo and its development from 1927 until today. The museum exhibits products from the whole Volvo range, including cars, trucks, buses, construction equipment, marine engines, aero and many more interesting Volvo products over 6000 sq m of large spacious exhibition areas. There are a number of video reviews available at http://www.volvomuseum.com