Australian-based electronics manufacturer REDARC Electronics will be able to enhance its export opportunities following the opening of the firms expanded headquarters in South Australia.
The $22-million development will enable an additional 3,000 square meters of advanced manufacturing space and increase its manufacturing capacity by 250 percent and significantly increase productivity.
Managing Director Anthony Kittel said the upgraded facility would enable REDARC to expand its current workforce of almost 200 to 300 by 2024, with most of the new positions being filled by engineers, data scientists and algorithm specialists.
“We have been growing strongly in recent years by targeting the North American and European automotive aftermarket with our dual battery chargers and our award-winning Tow-Pro Elite brake controller,” Kittel said. “We are now actively diversifying into other markets, including defence and medical devices.”
Kittel said the upgrade had been supported by a $2.5 million Federal Government Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Program grant received in 2016.
“In addition to expanding the facility, the grant has been used to purchase state-of-the-art machinery and testing and validation equipment to enable us to exceed international standards,” Kittel said. “The new equipment will provide REDARC with the best available technology, enabling us to enhance our export capabilities and assist with our diversification program.”
New equipment and capability include the purchase of a new surface mount technology line for loading electronic components, an electromagnetic compatibility chamber, and a vibration test lab that enables highly accelerated lifetime testing of products that can simulate 10 years of life in just two days. Three new Universal Collaborative Robots “Cobots” have also been purchased.
Other changes included in the new development include IT Infrastructure upgrades.