Krone Australia has set up a $3 million fibre optic cable manufacturing facility on the NSW Central Coast, creating 20 highly skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs for the region.
While the facility is currently running at a one-shift-per-day capacity, it is expected to increase to a full three-shifts-per-day within the next 12 months, according to Krone Australia managing director Craig Jones.
“We should also start to see the first shipments from the facility delivered in late November,” Jones said.
The facility itself is home to one of just two planetary servers in the world, which allows Krone to naturally wind fibres around a unique fibreglass central strength member in the cable.
The result is an enhanced fibre cable that can withstand installation forces up to 1KN – twice that of standard riser cable – while providing greater lateral support and integrity after installation of the fibre is complete, Jones said.
Using polyester material hytrel for tight buffering also simplifies installation since it can be easily stripped, can handle high temperature extremes and is more chemically resistant than the commonly used nylon.
Krone also received a subsidy from the NSW Department of State and Regional Development, allowing the company to perform a power station upgrade and conduct training in preparation for the new facility.
In officially opening the facility, NSW Premier Bob Carr praised Krone’s investment in the region and said that such an innovation investment is vital to future job and wealth creation for Australia.
“We’re a smart people and can compete with the best in terms of designing and manufacturing products,” Carr said.
“We should not overlook the importance of manufacturing in Australia.”
The addition of 20 new positions brings the total number employed at Krone’s Berkeley Vale facility to 320.