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The biggest paint factory in Australia and New Zealand has opened shop in Victoria, creating more than 60 new jobs.
DuluxGroup, a century old paint manufacturer, has launched its $165 million, 22,000 square metre paint factory in Merrifield, approximately 30 kilometres from Melbourne.
The company expects to produce 50 million litres of water-based decorative paint a year for the Australian market at the new factory.
It will be the base for almost all Dulux water-based paints, and will enable the company to produce more advanced paint products using evolving technology.
The Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carrolljoined Member for Yuroke Ros Spence to officially open the facility on Monday.
“We are proud to have supported this project, which will bring jobs to Melbourne’s north – an area affected by the closure of car manufacturing,” Minister Carroll said.
“Victoria is the home of manufacturing and DuluxGroup’s decision to set up this new factory here is a vote of confidence in our strong advanced manufacturing capabilities,” he added.
The opening of the new facility coincides with the 100-year anniversary of DuluxGroup, which employs 1,000 people in Victoria.
The company engaged extensively with Victorian suppliers during the construction and fit-out of the facility, with nearly 80 per cent of the project delivered by local companies.