Ken­worth reaches 60,000th truck mark

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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.”

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