New facility location allows for future growth
Flexicon Corp. (Australia) Pty Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Flexicon Corp., more than doubled the size of its manufacturing and sales operation in July.
“The demand for Flexicon equipment in the greater Australasia region required us to triple our manufacturing space in 2008, and now double it in 2021,” said David Gill, president. “Our new facility is situated on a large parcel with provision for future growth.”
Located at 795 Boundary Road in Darra, Queensland, the 2,390-square-meter building dedicates 1,730 square meters to manufacturing of Flexicon flexible screw conveyors, pneumatic conveying systems, tubular cable conveyors, bulk bag unloaders, bulk bag fillers, bulk bag conditioners, manual dumping stations, drum/box/container tippers, weigh batching systems, and automated plant-wide systems. The remaining 660 square meters of office space houses administrative personnel, increased engineering sales staff, and visitor conference rooms.
A test laboratory scheduled for completion by end of year will simulate customer installations and verify performance on full-scale equipment.
“Flexicon Australia’s relocation and expansion come at the perfect time as we take on more territories throughout Asia and continue to enjoy steady growth in our local markets,” said Tim Greene, managing director of the Australian operation. “The extra space affords us the ability to grow in areas that will bring the most value to our customers and foster strong relationships into the future.”
Continued growth in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific Rim led Flexicon to add a dedicated sales office in Singapore in 2014, and another in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2019. As a result, processors in both regions can interact with native speakers who are factory-trained Flexicon employees, and benefit from the increased design and manufacturing capacity provided by Flexicon’s Queensland facility.
“The Flexicon brand is well known in this region,” said Gill. “The local engineering staff has extensive experience designing Flexicon equipment for food, pharmaceutical, chemical and other industries here. Plus, it can readily draw upon Flexicon’s 25,000 worldwide installations for existing solutions to most any bulk handling problem.”
In addition to the U.S. headquarters and new Australian facility, Flexicon engineers and manufactures its full line of equipment in Kent, U.K., and Gqeberha, South Africa.