Manufacturer invests $20 million for new technology to reduce energy costs
Bondor/Metecno officially opened its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Campbellfield Melbourne on Friday 20 October.
The $20 million investment in this 14,500-square-metre factory, which includes a modern production line from leading German equipment manufacturer Hennecke, is capable of producing over two million square metres of panel per year and is a significant investment in Australian manufacturing. This comes at a time when other manufacturers are closing down.
The Bondor/Metecno Australia Group executive general manager, Geoff Marsdon, says the factory is an important addition to the company’s existing facilities around Australia, and demonstrates the group’s commitment to local manufacturing and the Australian economy.
“Melbourne’s west is an ideal place to build this facility with its strong manufacturing history and skills base and ready access to a hub for southern Australia,” Marsdon says.
“This is a major investment in the long term future of our business, significantly increasing our capacity and the flexibility to produce our range of energy efficient steel faced insulated panel products, all of which are tested to Australian Standards.”
Marsdon says the time is right for investing in energy efficient technology that improves building envelope performance and reduces the energy demand of a building.
“This week it was reported that Australian power prices had increased by 63 percent since 2007. Even if we can’t do much about the unit price we can address demand by reducing the energy required to heat or cool a building, and superior performing building envelopes are the way to achieve this,” Marsdon says.
Metecno PIR general manager Colin Richman says the factory will allow Bondor/Metecno to enhance its service and product offering to its customers.
“The factory will produce our range of lightweight, thermally efficient and fire retardant steel-faced insulated panels. It has also allowed us to develop new products and systems such as MetecnoKasset, our façade and curtain wall system,” Richman says.
Metecno is utilising its own building products MetecnoSpan (a PIR insulated roofing panel with fire-retardant core) and MetecnoInspire (an insulated architectural façade system with fire-retardant core).
The factory, with its modern design, provides temperature control thanks to the Metecno insulated panel products maintaining temperature at 15 to 16 degrees Celsius, regardless of the exterior temperature.
Richman explains why insulated panel roofing and walling systems, such as the products used on this factory, are becoming an Australian standard.
“This trend has been driven by energy efficiency, installer safety and a better understanding of the relationship between employee comfort and the quality of their work output,” Richman says. “Because of this we are seeing many clients choosing insulated roof and wall panel systems.”