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Bailey Australia shuts down operations

Bailey Caravans Australia has stopped manufacturing in its Campbellfield complex and will cease trading this month. The move is apparently in reaction to a slowdown in the Australian market and a strategic review by parent Bailey of Bristol of its business, which sees it focussing more on activities in the UK.

In 2015, Bailey formed a wholly-owned subsidiary company Bailey Leisure Pty Ltd and opened a new factory to supply the Australian and New Zealand markets.

In a statement released by Bailey it stated that, “Bailey as a brand is not leaving Australia and is merely ceasing its manufacturing operations. Its current customer base will still be supported locally and by parent company Bailey of Bristol (UK based).

Bailey vans have been on-sale in Australia since 2010 and led the charge of lightweight European-style vans being shipped into the country.

The report continued with, “Bailey has ambitions to ensure that the Bailey brand continues in Australia and New Zealand. In this regard, we are presently exploring various options under which Bailey continues to operate in the Australian and New Zealand markets and will provide relevant updates to the market when appropriate.”

Bailey UK reported that, “As a part of this process, appropriate arrangements will be made to handle existing employee, customer and supplier responsibilities. This will include honouring the existing warranty, support and service commitments for Australian-built caravans sold both in Australia and New Zealand markets.”

The UK based company also stated that, “Information on these new arrangements will be announced shortly.”

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WORDS ANTHONY KILNER, IMAGES GARY TISCHER

NEWS Bailey Caravans

Bailey Australia shuts down operations

Bailey Caravans Australia has stopped manufacturing in its Campbellfield complex and will cease trading this month. The move is apparently in reaction to a slowdown in the Australian market and a strategic review by parent Bailey of Bristol of its business, which sees it focussing more on activities in the UK.

In 2015, Bailey formed a wholly-owned subsidiary company Bailey Leisure Pty Ltd and opened a new factory to supply the Australian and New Zealand markets.

In a statement released by Bailey it stated that, “Bailey as a brand is not leaving Australia and is merely ceasing its manufacturing operations. Its current customer base will still be supported locally and by parent company Bailey of Bristol (UK based).

Bailey vans have been on-sale in Australia since 2010 and led the charge of lightweight European-style vans being shipped into the country.

The report continued with, “Bailey has ambitions to ensure that the Bailey brand continues in Australia and New Zealand. In this regard, we are presently exploring various options under which Bailey continues to operate in the Australian and New Zealand markets and will provide relevant updates to the market when appropriate.”

Bailey UK reported that, “As a part of this process, appropriate arrangements will be made to handle existing employee, customer and supplier responsibilities. This will include honouring the existing warranty, support and service commitments for Australian-built caravans sold both in Australia and New Zealand markets.”

The UK based company also stated that, “Information on these new arrangements will be announced shortly.”

WORDS ANTHONY KILNER, IMAGES GARY TISCHER