Volvo HQ is open for busi­ness

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AD­VANCED man­u­fac­tur­ing is not dead in Aus­tralia.

That’s the mes­sage from Queens­land Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, who of­fi­cially opened Volvo Group Aus­tralia’s new head­quar­ters in Wa­col, just out­side of Bris­bane.

“In a world where ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing plants are clos­ing down around our coun­try, we’re see­ing ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing go­ing to the fore­front in Queens­land,” she said.

“To have a na­tional head­quar­ters in Queens­land is a sign of con­fi­dence, also a vote of con­fi­dence in its peo­ple.

“And what Martin (Volvo Group’s global pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Martin Lund­st­edt) said, the great­est as­set this com­pany has is its peo­ple, the men and women that come here and work, that con­tinue to show com­mit­ment to the com­pany.”

Pre­mier Palaszczuk said Wa­col was now be­com­ing an “ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing cor­ri­dor” and was one her govern­ment “was proud” to back.

“We will see huge growth in this precinct,” she said.

Dur­ing her speech, Pre­mier Palaszczuk also con­grat­u­lated two “Fathers of the House” Howard Starkey and John Sut­ters, for their 33 years ser­vice and 21 other em­ploy­ees who have worked for Volvo Group Aus­tralia for more than 30 years.

PHOTO: KATE DODD

An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk opened the new Volvo HQ.

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