Isuzu Australia opens new headquarters

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) unveiled its brand new headquarters yesterday at Truganina in Melbourne’s West before a host of dignitaries.

Top executives of the truck manufacturer from Japan and Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) were in attendance for the official lauch. of the facility

Isuzu Motors President and Representative Director, Masanori Katayama spoke at the new purpose built truck distribution facility which will include a 1,700 square metre training centre with a 10-bay workshop, showroom and integrated parts warehouse.

Other notable attendees included Consul-General of Japan, Kazuyoshi Matsunaga, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Victoria, David Hodgett MP, State Member of Tarneit, Mr Telmo Languiller and Deputy Mayor of Wyndham City, Walter Villagonzalo.

During his speech Mr. Katayama said the Australian operation of Isuzu Motors, which was represented in 30 countries outside Japan, had an outstanding international reputation built on its commitment to constant improvement and innovative transport solutions.

“We view Isuzu Australia as a model truck distributor and a great test bed for Isuzu product,” he said. “The research and product development work conducted here is often implemented on a global scale.”

IAL, Managing Director and CEO, Hiroko Yaguchi and IAL, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Phil Taylor both addressed the gathering of 200 guests.

Ms Yaguchi acknowledged the importance of opening the new facility in her remarks, pointing to how Australia was leading the way in delivering smart, application-based solutions. 

“We are aiming for 30 years’ of market leadership in 2018 and I believe the completion of this facility will help achieve that unprecedented milestone,” she said. “It provides a launch-pad for local product innovation, better transport solutions and more advanced aftersales offerings.”

Phil Taylor said the headquarters represented a strategic opportunity to bring all of Isuzu’s operations under one roof.

“This building now houses all of our administration, sales, engineering, service parts and aftersales operations,” he said.

“For the first time in the history of this subsidiary in Australia, these pillars of our business model have been brought together as a cohesive unit. It provides an environment for enhanced and more immediate collaboration and communication between the various operations of IAL.”

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