Top manufacturer ARB’s Victoria expansion spurs job growth

By Our Reporter
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ARB, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of 4WD accessories, is expanding and investing in Victoria, creating more local jobs, investment, and innovation in the automotive sector.

Minister for Jobs and Industry Natalie Hutchins today visited ARB’s new $25 million global headquarters and Research and Development Engineering Centre in Kilsyth. The expansion, supported by local initiatives, includes a 5,100 square metre HQ and Research and Development Centre adjacent to ARB’s state-of-the-art showroom. Here, the company manufactures premium 4WD equipment such as bull bars, air compressors, side rails, air lockers, battery trays, and canopies.

The integration of ARB’s HQ, R&D centre, showroom, and manufacturing facility in Kilsyth is expected to create up to 70 new local jobs in Melbourne’s east.

Recently, ARB launched a new product developed in Victoria: the Earth Camper, an all-terrain off-road camper trailer part of its 4WD range. This product will be marketed nationally and internationally across the US, Europe, United Kingdom, UAE, Thailand, and New Zealand.

Founded in Melbourne in 1975, ARB has evolved into a global leader with an export network spanning more than 100 countries. The Kilsyth hub now employs 600 staff, including 85 engineers, contributing to a global workforce of over 2,000 across Australia and internationally.

Victoria’s $33.5 billion manufacturing industry is pivotal to the state’s economy, encompassing over 23,000 businesses and supporting more than 260,000 jobs. Victoria exports goods worth $23.9 billion annually, underscoring its role in global manufacturing.

Investments in Victoria’s advanced manufacturing sector are facilitated through government programs including the Manufacturing and Industry Sovereignty Fund, the Industry and R&D Infrastructure Fund, and the Made in Victoria – Manufacturing Growth Program. These initiatives enable local businesses to expand, innovate, and sustain local employment opportunities.

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