Premcar – responsible for the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior and upcoming Patrol Warrior – has announced a new manufacturing facility to keep up with demand.
It says it expects the second facility, also situated in Epping, Victoria, will create 100 new jobs.
The decision to expand into a neighbouring space was made to “accommodate growing new-vehicle production demand”.
The factory will double the company’s operational capacity and add 13,000 additional square metres of space to the company’s portfolio.
“This is a rewarding announcement,” said Premcar engineering director Bernie Quinn.
“Our current Engineering and Production facility has produced more than 5000 new vehicles and adding this new production centre is set to grow this much further.
“Most of all, it will create many new Australian manufacturing jobs, which is especially important for the local automotive industry.
“By several measures, Premcar is larger than when it was developing and producing the Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) range in Australia. It’s another great sign Australia’s car-making know-how is thriving.”
Premcar’s current Engineering and Production Centre commenced operations in July 2019 with the Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior, with the firm following this ute up with the Navara Pro-4X Warrior and Navara SL Warrior.
This year the company will add to its vehicle line-up with the Nissan Patrol Warrior.
Premcar has worked with brands for 27 years including the likes of Toyota, Ford and Mazda.
Vehicle manufacturing in Australia has shrunk significantly over the years with Holden, Mitsubishi and Ford all shutting down production facilities locally.
While no automakers manufacture new cars in Australia anymore, firms like Premcar and Walkinshaw extensively modify new vehicles, with the latter also remanufacturing imported left-hand drive vehicles to right-hand drive.