Tile manufacturer National Ceramics Industries Australia’s (NCIA) plan to expand its Centaurus plant has been put forward for approval despite a wave of community opposition over the environmental impact of the plans on the surrounding community.
The approval comes despite the fact that NCIA’s emission level will come close to or exceed relevant air quality goals under the $65 million expansion plan, theMaitland Mercury has reported.
The plans, which received 312 community objections, will see NCIA build a second factory to make way for new product lines at the Racecourse Road site.
The addition lines will see plant production capacity increased almost fourth times its current output of 6.4 million square metres of tiles per year. The company has forecasted tile production to be 25.6 million square metres of tiles per year once construction is complete and the new lines are added.
The expansion is expected to create 70 new jobs bring total staff numbers to 140.
The Planning Assessment Commission will hold a public meeting on November 16 to allow for final objections to be heard regarding NCIA Rutherford plant expansion plans.
National Ceramics Industries Australia (NCIA) is the largest tile manufacturer in Australia. Its Centaurus manufacturing plant is located in Rutherford in the New South Wales Hunter Valley region.
The company manufactures tiles from Australian clay for nation-wide distribution as well as distribution in New Zealand.
NCIA tiles are suitable for commercial and domestic applications and are said to be independently tested to meet International and Australian standards. Wear and grip testing is conducted on certain ranges, according to the company.
NCIA is a subsidiary of South African-listed Ceramic Industries.