Interface opens Minto factory, backs Australian manufacturing future

Modular carpet maker Interface Australia has rebuilt following the July 2012 fire that destroyed its Picton factory, opening a premises in Minto, south-west of Sydney.

To the disappointment of residents at Picton, where the former factory employed 180, the Australian subsidiary of Interface chose Minto to rebuild. It also has a warehouse at Eastern Creek.

Despite the recent bad news for the industry, managing director of Interface Australia Clinton Squires said that business could still be successful in Australia with the right operation and a high level of flexibility.

“Despite having a number of alternative production facilities in the region – in Thailand and China – it became clear that rebuilding in Australia made sense and would make a profit,” said Squires in a statement.

“Our business model is now reliant on our crucial points of difference: a quality product, known for its design flair, flexible production and rapid speed to market. We can deliver an order as small as 50 square metres in customised colours and threads, within weeks at a competitive price.”

Interface has been operating in Australia for four decades and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 2012 fire caused an estimated $25 million worth of damage.