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Transport Equipment and Parts Manufacturing in Melbourne's West

The transport equipment and parts manufacturing sector contributes 6,418 jobs (3.2 %) to total employment in Melbourne's west.

Cummins, the world's largest designer and manufacturer of diesel engines, has its Australian headquarters in Laverton in Melbourne's west. Through these facilities, Cummins activities include parts sales and service, phone and technical support, manufacturing, remanufacturing of components, warehousing and distribution, engineering and technical groups and sales and marketing operations. 

At its Altona plant, Toyota Australia builds the Camry, Camry Hybrid and V6 Aurion  for local and overseas markets. The fully integrated Altona manufacturing plant incorporates state-of-the-art weld, paint and assembly shops to produce cars that have been recognised as Australia's best quality locally-built vehicles.  Almost two thirds of the vehicles that roll off the production line at Toyota's Altona plant are destined for overseas customers in 13 export destinations worldwide.

Toyota Australia has announced that it will stop building cars in Australia by the end of 2017 and become a national sales and distribution company.  This means that local manufacturing of the Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion vehicles, as well as the production of four cylinder engines, will cease by the end of 2017.

Toyota Australia announced that its decision was not based on any single factor. The market and economic factors contributing to the decision include the unfavourable Australian dollar that makes exports unviable, high costs of manufacturing and low economies of scale for its vehicle production and local supplier base.

Toyota Boshoku Australia Pty Ltd, based in Laverton North, develops automotive interior system and manufactures automotive interior products, automotive filters and powertrain components.

Toyota Tsusho (Australasia) Pty Ltd is located in Laverton North and is supporting Toyota Australia to procure OEM parts at Tier 1 and Tier 2 level at competitive prices from Japan, North America, South Africa and South East Asia. Toyota Tsusho has also developed an export strategy for promotion of Australian vendor OEM component parts to export markets around the world.