Kitchen manufacturer enters administration; 200 jobs at stake

Kitchen manufacturer Australian Kitchen Industries (AKI) has entered into voluntary administration, announced administrator HLB Man Judd.

Though the company will continue operating and manufacturing kitchens for the time being, the ACCC has advised that any new customers should be warned about the situation.

"The administrator has advised that: All new customer deposits are being held in an account managed by the administrator and that the manufacturing and installation of kitchens will be performed as per the contract," reads a public notice from HLB Man Judd.

According to a report from Smart Company, 200 jobs are on the line due to the administration.

The company cited tough economic conditions and the Queensland floods damaging crucial warehouse space for the decision, Smart Company reported.

AKI operates 20 stores around the country, and trades as 'Kitchen Connection' in Queensland.

Kitchen connection offers a range of kitchens, based on European design concept.

The company manufactures its kitchens in Australia and installs them as per customer requirements.

All Kitchen Connection timber doors are constructed from timbers grown in managed re-growth forests, according to the company website.