Kenworth crane carrier at work at 'home'

Paccar spotlights truckmaker's capacity in huge site expansion delivery

Kenworth crane carrier at work at 'home'
The 20-metre V-type double girder crane being unloaded by Membrey’s Transport and Crane Hire at the Paccar Australia Bayswater facility


A one-of-a-kind V-type double girder crane was delivered to Paccar Australia’s Bayswater facility in Victoria last week.

With dual-hoists and a 16-tonne load capacity, the 20-metre crane is being installed as part of the Bayswater ongoing site expansion.

The oversize load made its way down the Hume Highway from Sydney to Melbourne, transported by a team from Membrey’s Transport and Crane Hire using a Kenworth Legend 900.

Affectionately called ‘Jack’, the Legend 900 is named after owner Craig Membrey’s son.

With more than 54 years’ experience, Membrey’s Transport has an extensive range of equipment including a variety of cranes, containers and trailers, and a fleet of Kenworth trucks designed and built specifically for high GCM applications, with the strength and durability required for their heavy haulage needs.

Paccar’s Bayswater site expansion, which has been underway since January, has seen the completion of a new 400-space staff car park – the Ed Cameron Carpark, and the completion of a 20-metre extension to the main plant in preparation for the installation of a 2.1 metre Framing Robotic Cell in late 2020.

The $37 million investment, first announced at the DAF Australian assembly launch in August last year, includes a 1,500 square metre factory extension, with upgrades to the paint shop, featuring four new paint robots, and improved layouts for frame, cab build, cab trim, engine assembly and final line stations.

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To allow for more production space, the final test operation is also being relocated away from the main plant.

In addition, a new 9,300 square metre on-site warehouse will be constructed, providing greater on site storage for components and a reduction in lead time for parts.

The project is planned for completion in 2021 to coincide with Paccar Australia’s 50th year of manufacturing in Australia.

The project aims to increase efficiency, quality and safety, Paccar Australia says.

The plant expansion will enable Paccar Australia to achieve its future growth plans producing Kenworth and DAF trucks in Australia, the company states.

"We are more than pleased with the progress of work that has been completed so far on the expansion of the Paccar Australia site," Paccar Australia operations director Tom Cooper says.

"The workforce has been incredibly accommodating whilst we work through these changes to continue to produce quality trucks our customers expect.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us, though are confident we will meet the project deadline with as little disruption as possible to staff and most importantly the manufacturing plant; culminating in a better plant and workplace for all."


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