Kenworth reaches 60,000th truck mark
Hadjikakou hands keys of the milestone truck to Wickham Freight Lines
KENWORTH CELEBRATED the production and delivery of its landmark 60,000th locally manufactured truck during a special event in Melbourne in November.
Paccar Australia MD Andrew Hadjikakou handed the keys to the T610SAR prime mover to Wickham Freight Lines co-founder and industry legend Peter Wickham.
Hadjikakou says the 60,000th truck was a major milestone not only for the company and its dealer group but also for its local suppliers.
“Celebrating key production milestones is a Kenworth tradition, one that began in April 1974 when we handed over the keys to truck number 1000,” Hadjikakou says.
“Since then we’ve celebrated each major milestone, leading to today, when we hand over the keys to the 60,000th truck that’s rolled off the Kenworth production line since we began designing and manufacturing uniquely Australian trucks in 1971.”
ATA CEO Ben Maguire, who was also at the event, congratulated Paccar Australia, the company behind Kenworth trucks, on its achievement.
“Kenworth started designing and manufacturing uniquely Australian trucks in 1971,” Maguire says.
“The company supports a host of Australian suppliers who provide most of the parts and materials that go into the trucks.
“Many Australians think we no longer make things in this country, but Kenworths continue to roll off the line at the world class Bayswater facility, as they have for almost 47 years.”
Hadjikakou says it was fitting that the milestone truck was built for Wickham Freight Lines.
“Wickham Freight Lines is one of our long term customers,” Hadjikakou says.
“They are knowledgeable and passionate about the road transport industry and forthright with their thoughts and opinions, which has contributed to the continuous improvement of our trucks for close to four decades.
“It’s been a win-win for both parties, and it’s the epitome of how we conduct business with all of our customers.”
Hadjikakou says it is important that Australia has a local manufacturer that “understands the challenges facing transport businesses”.
“Kenworth is the only local truck manufacturer offering full design capability, technical expertise and resources to application- engineer trucks for the most extreme on and off-road operations,” he says.
“Our trucks are designed to satisfy these unique needs.”
“They feature higher cooling capacities to handle heavier weights and hotter conditions, more robust construction to manage the roughest roads, and embody a design philosophy that means cost- effective maintenance and reliability.”