Production capacity and speed to market will benefit from a multi-million-dollar investment.
Multinail is strengthening its long-term commitment to the timber F&T industry with a comprehensive upgrade of its structural building products and machinery manufacturing capabilities.
Chief operating officer Trent Taylor says the significant, multi-stage investment is aimed at “transforming existing manufacturing facilities into a centre of innovative excellence for our industry.
“This will enable us to increase our production capacity and speed to market as new opportunities are realised in both local and overseas markets,” Trent adds.
Growth in demand for structural building products and truss and frame building machinery has grown significantly over recent years. Trent says, “The expansion is to ensure we continue to meet the demand and maintain the highest possible standard of quality service to our customers.”
The ambitious project is expected to create more local jobs with new positions to be filled in production, engineering and technology. At the heart of the expansion is a 1500m2 extension to the metal connectors factory in Stapylton, on Queensland’s Gold Coast, allowing the installation of new presses and tools to upscale production and enable diversification into bespoke connectors for commercial and industrial construction.
This extension will include increased warehouse space, enabling Multinail to carry a wider range of products and deliver a faster turnaround of customer orders.
Recognising that timber construction is becoming more diverse in application and design, Multinail will also be establishing a new high-level engineering research and testing laboratory.
The purpose-built laboratory will enable the company to undertake more extensive product development and analysis with the capability to test the ultimate limits of new products through extreme strength and load testing of full-size trusses.
Alongside the local projects, a significant expansion of Multinail’s global machinery operations is scheduled to begin in coming months. This investment will be ranged across all the company’s machinery businesses in Australia, New Zealand and the US.
It’s been nearly 10 years since Multinail took the bold step to make simultaneous acquisitions of specialist machinery production companies in the US and NZ. Although the original companies were family businesses like Multinail, it wasn’t a seamless transition. As Trent says, “We weren’t prepared for the many challenges that can arise when merging totally different enterprises into one organisation.
“However, the payback has been the specialist expertise they brought to Multinail and together we have driven a progressive transformation of our machine manufacturing. Now, machine design and engineering is undergoing a revolution with automated technology and robotic engineering driving frame and truss production into a new era of hands-free operations. Multinail is determined to be at the leading edge of that transformation. These investments will position us to be world leading in machinery design and automation, while having the depth of expertise to provide local support and service,” Trent promises.
For more, visit www.multinail.com.au