ONE OF A KIND: The 20m V-type double girder crane being unloaded by Membrey's Transport and Crane Hire at Bayswater.
ONE OF A KIND: The 20m V-type double girder crane being unloaded by Membrey's Transport and Crane Hire at Bayswater. voss photography

Kenworth delivers unique girder crane to Bayswater site

PACCAR Australia has taken delivery of a one-of-a-kind V-type double girder crane.

Measuring 20m in length, with dual-hoists and a 16-tonne load capacity, the crane will be installed as part of the Bayswater site expansion which has been under way since the ground-breaking ceremony in January.

The oversize load made its way down the Hume Highway from Sydney to Bayswater, Victoria, transported by the highly experienced team in heavy-haulage, Membrey's Transport and Crane Hire and the right truck for the job, a Kenworth Legend 900.

Affectionately called "Jack”, the Legend 900 is named after owner Craig Membrey's son.

With more than 54 years' experience, ensuring they have the right equipment for the job is essential for Membrey's, who have 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.

The Bayswater site expansion has included the completion of a new 400-space staff carpark in April called the Ed Cameron Carpark, and, in preparation for the installation of a 2.1 metre Framing Robotic Cell late next year, the completion in September of a 20-metre extension to the main plant.

The $37 million investment, announced at the DAF Australian assembly launch in August last year, includes a 1500sqm 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.

To allow for more production space, the final test operation is also being relocated away from the main plant. In addition, a new 9300sqm on-site warehouse will be constructed, providing greater on-site storage for components and a reduction in lead time for parts.

The project, planned for completion in 2021, will coincide with PACCAR Australia's 50th year of manufacturing in Australia and will increase efficiency, quality and safety.

Overall, the plant expansion will enable PACCAR Australia to achieve its future growth plans producing Kenworth and DAF trucks in Australia.

Tom Cooper, PACCAR Australia's operations director, is more than pleased with the progress of work so far on the site expansion.

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

"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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