Australian irrigation pipe manufacturer expands capacity

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  • Upgrading more than half of 55 manufacturing machines
  • New injection moulding machines enable entire new line of products
  • Irrigation systems for mining and farming sectors

Philmac announced an AUD 7 million upgrade to their manufacturing assets, assisted by an additional AUD 2.4 million from an Australian government grant. The South Australia based company is a leading manufacturer of polyethylene pipes, fittings and valves, exporting to 30 overseas markets.

Upgrading more than half of 55 manufacturing machines

Philmac’s international marketing director Jason Mitchell said the money is being invested by upgrading more than half of their 55 injection moulding and other manufacturing machines to enable the company to create new product lines.

“We looked at our capacity and business model and made the decision to increase our manufacturing capabilities which will allow us to offer new products,’’ he said.

 

New injection moulding machines enable entire new line of products

New injection moulding machines, with greater capacity, are due to arrive in October and will allow the company to create an entire new line of export products for domestic and export customers. As a result of this imminent upgrade Philmac expects to ship an additional AUD 1 million of products annual to one of Philmac’s sister companies based in Italy.

The companies currently exports plastic pipe fittings to more than 30 countries with their main markets including South Africa, North America, the Middle East, France, Chile and Italy.

Irrigation systems for mining and farming sectors

“Providing irrigation systems for the mining and farming sectors is a large part of our work while we also concentrate on mains water to meter connections for major cities around the world,” Mitchell said.

“We deal regularly with civil water authorities around the globe who come to us wanting solutions regarding water movement on a very large scale. Often we are able to provide stock solutions but there are also many that need to be custom made and that’s what really sets up apart.”



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