Victoria’s manufacturing industry has received a much-needed boost today, with Victorian Minister for Manufacturing, Exports & Trade Richard Dalla-Riva unveiling that Tomcar Australia will partner with local supplier MTM Auto to manufacture their Tomcars in Melbourne.
The historic deal will see Tomcar become the first all-terrain vehicle to be manufactured in Australia, creating 50 direct jobs and an expected 300 downstream jobs for the automotive industry in Victoria.
The ultra-functional, durable and versatile off-road utility vehicle is fit for commercial and private use, and as many as 5,000 Tomcars will be produced in the next few years at MTM. Tomcar plans to source almost 80% of the vehicle locally – making it a truly Australian vehicle.
The full range of Tomcar vehicles will be made by MTM Auto, an established automotive components manufacturer based in Oakleigh South, Melbourne.
Tomcar Australia’s co-founder, David Brim, said: “We are very excited to be setting up full manufacturing facilities in Melbourne. Tomcar will be the first vehicle of its type manufactured in Australia and will fill a growing demand for this specialist all-terrain vehicle. The Victorian government has been very helpful in helping us decide to set up in Victoria, and the local auto industry has an impressive base of local suppliers for us. We can almost source the entire vehicle here. MTM Auto are well-respected and have the expertise to produce a high-quality vehicle for us and the Australian consumer.
MTM’s MD, Mark Albert, explained: “This a great boost for the local industry and a big score for Victoria. We are very proud to be involved in the birth of an iconic Australian brand.”
Tomcar Australia’s decision to set up in Melbourne will build on Victoria’s reputation for advanced vehicle manufacturing and create a solid base for an exciting new Australian brand. Tomcar Australia will launch the Australian made vehicles beginning with one key major rural dealer - Mike Carney Toyota, based in Townsville, QLD. More dealers are set to be rolled-out shortly as demand picks up and interest in the new vehicles spreads.
David Brim said that – while Tomcar was originally designed for military use and was seeing active service in a number of combat zones around the world – part of Tomcar’s mission was to offer solutions to farm safety issues, while also creating a vehicle that was simple to maintain and repair.
Australian Automotive Envoy, John Conomos AO commented: “I’ve been in the automotive industry for over forty years and have never seen a vehicle like the Tomcar. This is going to change everything. It’s very exciting for Victoria to have won Tomcar’s manufacturing HQ.”
Minister Richard Dalla-Riva MLC said: “This is a fantastic win for Victoria. The production of the Tomcar range of vehicles will give a much-needed boost to the local auto industry supplier network and create valuable local jobs. The auto industry is under pressure at the moment, and this is great news for the industry as a whole.”
Tomcar is also planning to export its locally produced vehicles to the Pacific region, bringing further revenue to the state.
Those interested in seeing Tomcar up-close are encouraged to visit the company at the upcoming Melbourne F1 Grand Prix, where Tomcars will be displayed at the invitation of the Victorian Government.