Sheet metal producer Direct Edge has opened a new factory in Burnie. The new facility is part of a $7 million expansion and will employ 75 people.
As the ABC reports, the expansion goes against the downward trend in the manufacturing sector and brings hope to Tasmania’s North West, a region with a high unemployment rate.
The plant will supply sheet metal for mining, marine and car companies around the world.
Chief Executive Officer of Direct Edge, Diane Edgerton said, "We've probably more than doubled in size to what we originally were, and we are still employing people, and we are still looking for people to employ so we haven't stopped growing all the way through.
“Our capabilities to expand and export around the world are now huge thanks to this new facility, so we have big plans for manufacturing in the region.''
As The Advocate reports, the facility will utilise the fastest sheet metal processing machine in the world.
The $1.2 million Trumpf5000 TruPunch, which features automated systems that reduce production time and costs as it eliminates operator error, was unveiled at an official launch yesterday.
According to Edgerton, the machine is 10 times faster than a laser. In addition, it allows for other processes while cutting. These include folding and roll beading.