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Electrical engineering and manufacturing company Ampcontrol has opened a new 'lean' manufacturing facility in Victoria.
The Burn Brite range of hazardous area, portable and fixed industrial and mine lighting products will be designed and manufactured at the new facility for distribution within Australia and overseas.
Australian Industry Group chief executive, Innes Willox, officially opened the facility.
The company is a supplier of turnkey lighting systems to Australian longwall mines. Ampcontrol’s chief executive, Geoff Lilliss, says the company’s technical capability is behind the expansion.
“Our investment in this new facility reinforces our confidence in the industry despite the decline in some parts of the Australian manufacturing sector," he said.
“We have increased our employee numbers by 40% to cater for our growth and have experienced increasing sales, particularly across our two innovative mining products – the IS LED Light and the IS Power Supply."
The environmentally conscious facility has been built using lean manufacturing principles, where the focus is on minimising waste by utilising time and materials in an efficient manner.
And while the industry may be in decline, Willox comments that “it is a great to see businesses such as Ampcontrol’s Burn Brite who are adapting and indeed thriving due to their strong commitment to innovation in engineering and manufacturing processes.”
“Looking around this new facility it is evident where manufacturing in this country could take us with the right investment in skills and technology,” he added.