Friday, 14 December 2018
Advanced Manufacturing Coming to the Hunter Valley

Advanced Manufacturing Coming to the Hunter Valley

General fabrication and manufacturing in the Hunter Valley is about to experience a monumental advancement with the expansion of facilities at the Hedweld Group of Companies.

Housed within Hedweld’s new facility at Mt Thorley will be new ‘state of the art’ CNC machinery and robotics. Some technologies Hedweld are investing in will be not only firsts in Australia but firsts in the world.

The new equipment means Hedweld will be able to offer their advanced manufacturing services to, and collaborate with, other Australian manufacturers - producing their high volume products locally, to help keep them globally competitive. The knock on benefits are that Australian manufacturers will no longer feel commercial pressure to send their manufacturing offshore and that the Hunter Valley region can retain skilled workers.

Our team will be upskilled in mechatronics and electronics to operate some of the world’s most advanced machinery. Hedweld is currently trialing a program offered by TAFE, which adapts the TAFE training to ensure Hedweld’s apprentices are at the forefront of technology. The new facility will create job opportunities desperately needed in the Hunter Valley, which is still recovering from the mining downturn.

In May 2015, Hedweld were awarded a Commonwealth Government’s Manufacturing Transition Program grant and have already started building the facility, breaking ground at the end of August. The grant equates to 25% of the $8 million expansion.  

Hedweld’s Managing Director, Ian Hedley said “We are honored to be offered the Manufacturing Transition Program grant. Given the trying times we are all currently facing, accepting the grant was a tough investment decision. Yet regardless of the current economic situation, Hedweld’s expansion is an important investment for Australian manufacturing and a big boost to the Hunter Valley regions capabilities.

This new manufacturing facility will also allow Hedweld and other Australian manufacturers to diversify into other industries.” 

Photo Caption:
Architectural render of new facility in Mt Thorley, NSW.

For further information please contact: Sandy Thomas Marketing Manager Hedweld 02 6574 0000 or
sandy.thomas@hedweld.com.au

 

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