To retain a competitive edge in the country’s contested trailer manufacturing industry, Krueger Transport Equipment has made a substantial investment in the development of a new trailer building facility west of Melbourne.
The new 25,000m2 site will be based on Boundary Road in Truganina, a prime spot located some 20 km west of Melbourne’s city centre. 10,500m2 of the area will be covered, allowing six finishing lines to work parallel. The investment is said to be in excess of $15 million and make the production process up to 20 per cent more efficient once the facility is up and running next year.
According to Krueger CEO, Andrew Arapakis (pictured), the new plant will be based on lean production principles inspired by the automotive industry, adapted and improved by the Krueger management team to suit the trailer industry.
Krueger’s new purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility was build from the ground up to accommodate lean manufacturing and customised work at the same time. “We are taking action to make our lean vision a reality,” Arapakis told CRTNews.
“We consciously decided to invest in our home community,” added company patriarch and creative mastermind, John Krueger. “It’s a vote of confidence in Australian manufacturing and we are proud to be able to keep it here in Victoria, retaining local jobs in the area.”
While the brand’s 2014 line-up will retain all the positive qualities known of a Krueger product today, John Krueger reveals that he has made some significant changes to the brand portfolio when designing the new production line.
“We have made more than 3,000 improvements across the range in 2013 and have upgraded tooling in the new plant accordingly,” he explains. “We’ll be able to combine best practice manufacturing, short lead times and a high quality finish.”