The Victorian Coalition Government has launched the first all-terrain vehicle to be made in Australia, reaffirming Victoria as the heartland of the nation’s advanced automotive manufacturing.
Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva today unveiled an agreement between Tomcar Australia and local component maker MTM Auto to manufacture the specialist off-road commercial utility vehicle at Oakleigh.
“This is an exciting new chapter in the proud history of automotive manufacturing in Victoria,” Mr Dalla-Riva said.
“This historic deal will see Tomcar become the first all-terrain vehicle to be manufactured in Australia, creating 50 direct jobs and an expected 300 downstream jobs for the automotive industry.”
By choosing to set up in Melbourne, Tomcar Australia will heighten Victoria’s reputation for advanced vehicle manufacturing and create a solid base for a new Australian vehicle.
“Up to 5000 Tomcars will be produced over the next five years, supplying the farming, mining, tourism, search and rescue, police, recreational and national parks industries with durable and versatile off-road utility vehicles that are suitable for commercial and private use,” Mr Dalla-Riva said.
“Tomcar plans to source almost 80 per cent of the vehicle locally – making it a truly Australian vehicle.
“The full range of Tomcar vehicles will be made by MTM Auto, an established automotive components manufacturer based in Oakleigh South, and the company plans to export throughout the Pacific region.
“This is another shot in the arm for local manufacturing, which has been boosted recently by Victorian Government-sponsored trade missions to India, the Middle East and Malaysia.
“The Tomcar deal also coincides with the 2012 Australian Automotive Week to be held in Melbourne between 13 and 23 March and the Grand Prix – events which promote Victoria’s capability in manufacturing high-end motorsport components,” Mr Dalla-Riva said.
Tomcar Australia’s co-founder, David Brim, said the company was proud to be setting up full manufacturing facilities in Melbourne and would display Tomcar at the Australian Automotive Industry Showcase at the Grand Prix:
“The Victorian Government has been very constructive in helping us decide to set up in Victoria and the local auto industry has an impressive base of local suppliers for us. We can almost source the entire vehicle here,” Mr Brim said.
MTM CEO Mark Albert said this was a great boost for the local industry and a big score for Victoria.
“We are very proud to be involved in the birth of an iconic Australian vehicle,” Mr Albert said.
source: Hon Richard Dalla-Riva, Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade media release