Specialist vehicle manufacturer Byron Group unveiled its new manufacturing plant at Smithfield in Western Sydney last week.
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell officially opened the new facility with Byron Group Chief Executive Bill Pike.
Mr Pike said despite the parlous state of the larger and international players in the local vehicle manufacturing market, Byron Group was continuing to increase its pipeline of orders.
“Internationally, we are delivering ambulances to Dubai and Qatar in the Middle East, Singapore and Malaysia,” Mr Pike said said.
“Such is the demand for our expertise, we have opened a manufacturing plant in Dubai.
The company is in the process of completing Ambulance orders for the NSW Ambulance Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Ambulance Victoria and Tasmanian Ambulance Service. During the past decade it produced specialised four-wheel drive ambulances for the mining sector, including BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.
In addition, Byron Group recently won contracts to supply state-of-the-art prison vans to the NSW Government and the Victorian prison system whilst actively seeking contracts in South Australia, ACT and Queensland
Previously spread across five sites, the multi-million dollar investment in the new Smithfield facility had enabled Byron Group to consolidate its six divisions - Access Transit Specialists, Byron Aviation, DHS Emergency, Emergency Resource Management, Emergency Transport Technology and Special Heavy Vehicles – in the one location.
Mr Pike said the new facility, which features 18,000 square metres of plant space, had led to greater efficiencies within the company.