Volvo Trucks Australia Celebrates 50 Years of Australian Manufacturing

Volvo Trucks Australia has just marked 5 decades of building trucks in Australia this week with the handover of a special truck to a key customer. A keys to a 50-year branded Volvo FH700XXL were handed over to Scott and Regina Harvey from SRH Milk Haulage.

Volvo Trucks International Senior Vice President, Per Erik Lindstrom was present at the anniversary event. “We talk about the Volvo family, and you as customers are part of that family.”

“I am super proud to be here to help celebrate 50 years of building trucks here, this country is very important to Volvo Group and we are here to stay.”

Martin Merrick, President and CEO, Volvo Group Australia echoed the sentiment, saying, “While this is a celebration of our success and longevity in one of the toughest trucking markets on the planet, this is also a celebration of customer success.”  “Without long term customers like SRH we wouldn’t be able to mark this occasion.”

“Our customers challenge us to go on the journey with them. As they grow and succeed, we too grow and succeed.”

“SRH is just a small part of the colourful tapestry of characters and stories that make up the Australian transport industry yet their contribution to our society and our economy is invaluable.”

Gary Bone, Vice President Volvo Trucks Australia said, “It’s when you dig into the history of our customers and their partnership that you reflect on the journey that they’ve taken over the years.” “Scott and Regina Harvey started SRH milk haulage back in 1996 with a single Volvo at Hexham NSW, move on 26 years over half the time that Volvo has been building trucks in Australia they’re now in three states with over 60 trucks utilising both Volvo and Mack brands.”

 “It’s been an adventure that’s for sure,” says Scott Harvey, Managing Director, SRH Milk Haulage of his 26 years in transport, “But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through.” “But for me it’s the people and the relationships that make it work.” “The backup and support, especially when you’re on milk 24/ 7, has always been there for SRH without a doubt.”

Volvo Group Australia’s Wacol Qld manufacturing plant was established in June 1972. Since that time more than 70,000 Volvo and Mack trucks have been produced at the site. Production of battery electric trucks is also expected to commence at the Wacol plant during 2025.    

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