Driving growth in local manufacturing

Published: 4 July 2024

Person in welding a piece of metal wearing a welding mask with sparks flyingThe Victorian Government is backing Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of 4WD accessories to grow its footprint in the state and drive innovation in the automotive sector.

ARB recently opened their $25 million global headquarters and Research and Development Engineering Centre in Kilsyth. The 5,100 square metre HQ and R&D Centre includes a state-of-the-art showroom, and will create up to 70 new jobs.

ARB produces durable 4WD equipment including bull bars, air compressors, side rails, air lockers, battery trays and canopies.

Established in Melbourne in 1975, ARB has grown into a leading global company with an export network that extends through more than 100 countries. The Kilsyth manufacturing plant is now home to 600 staff, increasing the company’s employee numbers to more than 2,000 across Australia and internationally.

Victoria’s $33.5 billion manufacturing industry is a driving force of the state economy, made up of over 23,000 businesses, supporting more than 260,000 jobs and exporting goods worth $23.9 billion.

The Victorian Government is supporting the state’s advanced manufacturers through a range of initiatives including the $20 million Manufacturing and Industry Sovereignty Fund, the Industry and R&D Infrastructure Fund and the Made in Victoria - Manufacturing Growth Program.