NEW WA HUB: Volvo's top brass (l-r) Martin Merrick, Roger Alms and Phil Winkless, are pleased with progress.
NEW WA HUB: Volvo's top brass (l-r) Martin Merrick, Roger Alms and Phil Winkless, are pleased with progress.

Volvo top brass give thumbs up to new WA centre

EARLY next March, BGC Constructions will be handing over a brand new, purpose-built sales and service facility for Western Australia's Volvo, Mack and UD dealer, Truck Centre WA.

Located on 3.3 hectares (40,000sqm) on Berkshire Road in Kewdale, the premises is accessible from both Abernathy Road and the Roe Highway, giving access to all the main transport routes.

Concrete hardstand covers the area and the workshop itself includes 26 extra long service bays so that overlength vehicles can be accommodated when necessary. There are also two 32m long drop-in pits that can take road trains.

Even under construction the main workshop building is an impressive sight, measuring 34m in overall width, with the line of service bays extending each side.

Two heavy-duty Eilbeck overhead cranes will run the length of the building.

Technical equipment will include MAHA shaker plates for detecting wear and tear on steering parts, wheel bearings, the spring system and suspension components on both prime movers and trailers.

A heavy-duty MAHA brake tester can also test and diagnose brakes on all axles along the full length of a rig.

The workshop is oriented to the Berkshire Road alignment, and awnings are being added to the full length of the service area entrances to extend the shaded area.

Truck centre director Brad Daff told me during a tour of the construction site that the company has invested in evaporative air-conditioning for the entire workshop facility.

"We want to maximise hours on the job so it's important to make the technicians work areas as comfortable as possible,” Mr Daff said.

The new parts warehouse adjoins the service areas and includes ground and mezzanine floor levels.

The plan is for 13 parts advisors - four of which will be exclusive to the service workshop. A tool room is also located within this area.

At the front of the new facility is the sales and admin building, where the Truck Centre's 10 sales people will be based, along with management and support staff.

Between the two buildings is a large roundabout, which apart from aesthetic reasons, will provide function facilities for both customers and staff.

Underneath are water storage tanks fed by run-off from the buildings, which will provide rainwater resources for the premises through summer.

MD Phil Winkless was clearly excited about the new venture, and hosted a visit by the global boss of Volvo Trucks Roger Alms, who is on a lightning one-week tour of the Australian Volvo network.

When I spoke to Mr Alms he was highly complimentary of the Truck Centre initiative.

"We have seen many of our dealers around the world improving their facilities, but this one is without doubt a major upgrade.”

President of Volvo Group Australia Martin Merrick was also at the venue and is looking forward to the commissioning of the facility in March 2020.

"I'm always impressed with the job Phil and his team have done for Volvo in WA, and this new premises is only going to expand their activity,” he said.

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