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Redarc holds official expansion ceremony

  • Posted on Thursday 8th, June 2017.

Manufacturing company, Redarc Electronics, has held a Turning of the Sod Ceremony to commemorate the start of the significant expansion of its Lonsdale facility in Adelaide.

Redarc’s Managing Director, Anthony Kittel, said the business has already made some noteworthy changes to the current facility but the Turning of the Sod represents the next major phase of the expansion plans.

Major building works will commence with the expansion of office and the production area and is scheduled for completion in mid to late 2018.

“This is a momentous occasion for Redarc as we look towards expanding our manufacturing presence and capabilities," Kittel said.

“The redevelopment of the Lonsdale facility will add an additional 2000m2 of advanced manufacturing space.

“Redarc has grown significantly over the past few years and the expansion will enhance our export capabilities and enable us to diversify into other markets including defence and medical devices.”

The expansion is fuelled by a $2.5 million Federal Government Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme announced in 2016.

The expansion will add around 100 more jobs over the next four years, Redarc said, and it will be looking for electronics engineers, computer systems engineers, project managers, sales and business development and marketing staff while also offering traineeship and apprentice opportunities.

To date, Redarc has already purchased new state of the art equipment and specialist testing devices that reportedly represent a significant leap forward in Redarc’s capability, as they providing the ability to meet the high-quality needs of international markets and medical and defence industries.

Johan Otto, SMT Supervisor who has played a key role in the decision making of this new machinery, stated it has taken almost a year of planning and evaluation to get this new equipment selected and installed into the production line.

“We sought the world’s best electrical equipment manufacturers to provide us with the best technology available in the business.”

“The end result was new machinery that will allow us to increase our capacity by 250 per cent and provide product assembly two times faster than what we can achieve currently," he stated.

“The additional capacity will give us more flexibility leading into the future as we enter export markets and defence industries, making us more agile to deal with our customers ever-changing needs," Kittel said.

Staff members have been selected to participate in training in Japan, Korea and Germany and interstate over the recent months to prepare for full-scale production on the new machinery in June.

(image L-R: Brenton Lunn and Peter Berrington from Partek, Anthony and Michele Kittel, City of Onkaparinga Major Lorraine Rosenberg, Paul Crawford REDARC Advisory Board Chairman)

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