Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has acquired the manufacturing division of SRO Group, which handles customised manufacturing and service repairs for service vehicles, trucks and heavy construction machinery. The company said the acquisition will enhance WWL’s technical services offering in Australia for equipment assembly and processing customers. The SRO Group Vehicle Manufacturing Division will now be rebranded as Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics as of the 1st of October 2013.
WWL already provides equipment processing and accessorisation services. The company said the acquisition of SRO Manufacturing will extend its offering of factory to dealer solutions for customers, cutting lead times and cost.
“While we already offer similar services, the acquisition of SRO Group Vehicle Manufacturing Division will bring in new competence in the area of custom design and manufacturing of solutions that will enable us to offer more advanced services to our customers,” Mark Guscott, vice-president of Commercial Oceania at WWL.
Services that WWL will provide include design, manufacture and installation of customised equipment for utility vehicles, as well as for mining and construction equipment. These can be for service bodies, truck trays, toolboxes and safety equipment.
As a first step we will now have a new, dedicated site in Newcastle to offer design, manufacturing and installation services to the mining equipment and truck market in Australia,” Guscott told Automotive Logistics. “These services can also be provided at our four other Australia sites and based on customer demand we will look to further expand the offering geographically across the world.”
The current SRO Manufacturing site based in Newcastle, Australia, will become WWL’s specialised centre for customised solutions and advanced accessorisation services in Oceania.