Seeley International has announced an investment worth over half a million dollars at its Albury plant on automated bending technology.
The four decades-old company, Australia’s biggest air conditioning manufacturer, said in a statement that the new tube bending cell was believed to be the first of its kind in the world.
The new, fully automated” cell includes a fully integrated collection of two tube benders, an end former and three robots working in collaboration, and was opened earlier this month by NSW Premier Mike Baird.
“The concept for this technology was first discussed more than a year ago, and came about because we wanted to support our workforce by manufacturing heat exchanger tubes in-house for our ducted heaters in Australia rather than having to go to overseas for cost-efficient supply,” said founder and executive chairman Frank Seeley.
The company was previously sourcing the components from a supplier who used imported tubing.
Seeley, who won a Lifetime Achievement award at Manufacturers’ Monthly’s Endeavour Awards in 2012, said the benefits from the investment would include higher quality, lower manufacturing costs, and being able to keep work in Australia.
“As the home of Braemar gas heaters and air-conditioners, our Albury-based plant has established a vertically integrated manufacturing and assembly operation that employs more than 120 people, and we are proud to have been a major employer in the area for more than 20 years,” he said.
Seeley manufactures at two sites, in Albury and in Lonsdale, South Australia, and employs about 370, according to an company profile dated September last year.
Image: The Advertiser