Geofabrics Australasia, a manufacturer of geosynthetics used in infrastructure building, will grow its manufacturing capabilities in Albury with $322,000 in co-investment from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC).
The geosynthetics manufacturers by Geofabrics provide ground stabilisation and drainage capabilities in civil engineering projects.
The current funding will enable a collaborative project with RMIT and two other engineering firms to develop an automated line for thermally bonded laminated geocomposite products. These products are today only available through import, and provide an opportunity for Geofabrics to market their products both in Australia and overseas, as managing director of the AMGC, Jens Goennemann highlighted.
“This joint project allows Geofabrics to fully transform its operations by introducing automation and robotics, and to seize the opportunity from increased global demand for geocomposites technology,” he said.
“Importantly, Geofabrics is showing that other regional manufacturers can grow their revenues and employment by focussing on value-added activities in areas of R&D, advanced processes and collaboration, rather than trying to compete on cost.”
According to director of Geofabrics, Dennis Grech, the collaborative project will allow the manufacturer to be distinct from its international competitors.
“The co-funded project with AMGC gives us the ability to manufacture bonded products with vastly superior strength and drainage properties, and produce to specific project requirements, like bespoke lengths and bespoke widths, as well as at a more competitive cost than currently available.”
Geofabrics will use the project to continue to have its manufacturing in the regional centre of Albury.
“We do see opportunities for growth as a result of this product. But we also, and most importantly, see this as being another opportunity to cement our manufacturing presence in our Albury plant,” said Grech.