HE'S the unsung hero of the morning garbage run, Mr Dependable on the nation's roads, and a Second World War veteran, and he's about to have a birthday.
Since 1912, IVECO Trucks have been the driving force of the transport industry and 2012 marks the company's 100th year of operation in Australia, a significant milestone.
Every week, 2000 IVECO Trucks remove 80,000 tonnes of rubbish and recyclables; transport 70,000 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables to our supermarket shelves; and travel more than 3million kilometres along our roads.
Over the past 100 years, more than 200,000 IVECO Trucks have rolled off the assembly line at the Dandenong plant, built for Australian conditions and designed to handle any job.
"The 100 year milestone is really a celebration of the integral role our employees and customers have played in making IVECO in Australia the huge success that it is today," managing director of IVECO Trucks Australia Limited Danilo Salvatore Martelli said.
"Without the hard work, commitment and dedication from our staff and the support we have received from all our customers, we would not be here today.
"So, I'd like to say thank you to all of those, who have helped us along the way.
"It's an incredible time to be part of IVECO in Australia because not only are we at the forefront of product innovation and technology, we have become the backbone of the Australian transport industry."
Director of Key Accounts, Customer and Industrial relationships Lloyd Reeman, who has been with the company for more than 40 years, said ever since he started out as a mail boy in 1969, he's been passionate about trucks.
"There's nothing like working with a good truck, especially the ACCO. Everybody who's ever worked in the industry has started out on an ACCO truck, so it's a real icon of industry," Mr Reeman said.
"Over the past century, the iconic ACCO, Stralis and Powerstar have assisted thousands of Australian businesses achieve success."
Director of supply chain Geoff Richardson has been with IVECO for more than 35 years and is proud the company is still part of the fabric of the Australian transport industry.
"After a century, IVECO still represents reliability, value for money and a trusted product that will be around for a long time to come," Mr Richardson said.
"I don't know of another company that produces trucks like IVECO and has a company culture that I feel very lucky to be a part of."
The centenary birthday marks a major milestone for IVECO.
The company is excited about its ongoing success, new product developments and another 100 years on Australian roads.
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