Carbon Revolution to ramp up composite wheel production


Carbon Revolution, supplier of lightweight wheels to Ford Performance and Ferrari, has announced plans to grow its staff and warehouse space in Geelong, as it prepares to ramp up production.

The company’s $100 million expansion, which is backed by funding from the Victorian Government, will triple the existing workforce and increase production capacity from 10,000 to more than 150,000 wheels a year.

Carbon Revolution is the first company in the world to produce a single-piece carbon fibre wheel at commercial scale. The lightweight wheels are 40-50 per cent lighter than aluminium wheels – the industry standard – which boosts performance and efficiency, and reduces fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

The company has previously announced deals to supply the $645,000 Ferrari 488 Pista and $633,000 Ford GT supercars, as well as the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R.

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The new expansion will see the company build a 7,000 square-metre facility next to its existing manufacturing and research and development facility at Deakin University. The expansion is expected to create at least 500 new jobs.

Earlier in June, Carbon Revolution had formed a $15 million research and development partnership with Deakin University to deliver advanced manufacturing technologies for composite wheels.

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, on Friday joined Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll, Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville, Member for Geelong Christine Couzens and Member for Lara John Eren at Carbon Revolution in Waurn Pondsto announce the company’s expansion.
The Premier used the visit to launch the Labor Government’s new Made in Victoria campaign – which will promote Victoria’s manufacturing industry and urge Victorians to buy locally-made to support local jobs.
“This is yet another massive vote of confidence in Geelong – these are hi-tech, secure jobs that will help the local economy continue to prosper,” Premier Andrews said.