Manufacturing returns to former Electrolux site in Orange

Aluminium manufacturer A-Tech Australia has lodged a plan with Orange City Council to redevelop the former Electrolux site.

Closed in 2016, the factory had been producing consumer goods for 70 years, after being opened as a munitions factory in 1941.

Under the current proposal, A-Tech will produce the aluminium components for the building industry which it has supplied to commercial and residential builders across Sydney. These include components for windows, doors, curtain walls, facades, pergolas, and skylights.

A-Tech Australia has planned to invest $30 million in the plant and produce a greater number of aluminium products for the building industry locally.

“Currently around two-thirds of the local aluminium market (worth $832 million a year) is met by imports from China and Vietnam,” said A-Tech Australia CEO, Charlie Ibrahim.

“By boosting the local aluminium manufacturing industry, home-grown businesses can substitute a significant proportion of these imports with locally-made products.”

While the start date for construction has not yet been confirmed, the development application currently lodged sets out a plan to build concrete footings which will support the equipment needed for aluminium manufacturing.

“Once completed, it’s expected the A-Tech extrusion line will employ around 25 staff in Orange in production and administration. We plan to install the latest European production technology which we believe will give A-Tech a competitive advantage,” said Ibrahim.

Councillors from Orange City Council welcomed the company’s development application as a sign that manufacturing will return to the town in NSW’s Central-West.

“Orange City Council has been pleased to be working with A-Tech for a number of years as they move towards setting up a new operation in Orange,” said Mayor Reg Kidd. “This is a growing company that’s poised to secure a key place supplying the Australian building industry and it’s fantastic news that they see Orange as part of their future plans.”