The new plant adds approximately 23,680 sq ft to the company’s existing 10,760 sq ft of space and will be dedicated to increasing manufacturing and engineering capacity, while the original facility retains manufacturing, test plant, sales, and service functions.
"The existing plant could not keep pace with explosive demand, so finding the additional space next door was fortuitous," says Ray Greene, general manager.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Flexicon Corp. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Australian operation produces Flexicon’s full range of bulk-handling equipment including flexible screw conveyors, pneumatic conveying systems, bulk bag unloaders, bulk bag conditioners, bulk bag fillers, manual dumping stations, weigh batching systems, and custom-engineered plant-wide systems, as well as spares which are maintained in stock.
The company is outfitting the new operation with automated and conventional production equipment and expects to increase personnel by 200%.
“Australian manufacturing enables Flexicon to standardize designs and finishes that meet local requirements for industrial, food, dairy, and pharmaceutical applications, allowing rapid deliveries of new equipment and spares, and providing factory-direct field service and parts inventories,” said Green.
According to Greene, the Australian engineering staff has extensive experience designing Flexicon equipment for the Australian market and collaborates with central engineering at headquarters, sharing Flexicon’s database of more than 11,000 worldwide installations containing solutions to virtually any bulk handling problem.
Flexicon Corp. Australia markets Flexicon products throughout Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific Rim, managing projects ranging from stand-alone pieces of equipment to custom-engineered systems including commissioning, training, and handover. “Tripling of capacity will enable us to maintain our unprecedented growth in these markets while maintaining delivery commitments," said Green.
The Australian operation also staffs sales offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Other Flexicon manufacturing sites are located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Kent, England, and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
For information, visit www.flexicon.com.