South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall has officiated the construction of a new warehouse at the Electrolux cooking product plant in Dudley Park, South Australia – the last remaining whitegoods manufacturing facility in Australia.
Due for completion in mid-November, the $6 million vendor management system warehouse will measure 5,000 square metres. It is designed to improve operational and distribution efficiencies and has plans to drive export orders to the US and Middle East from 2% to 25%.
Electrolux general manager for Adelaide manufacturing, Phillip Saloniklis said, “The facility is an integral part of supporting the Australia and New Zealand market while providing a solid base to push export opportunities into the US and Middle East.”
South Australian company, Ahrens was chosen for the design and construction of the new warehouse facility.
Ahrens managing director, Stefan Ahrens said it was “incredibly positive” to see two local manufacturing businesses maintain their strength during these times. “This is a great project for South Australia and I want to acknowledge Electrolux for supporting local companies and keeping jobs here,” he said.
The plant employs about 380 people and the annual production capacity currently stands at circa 300,000 units.
Electrolux product line director for taste, Chris Coen said apart from a two-week extended Easter shutdown in April due to component supply issues out of Italy and China, the Electrolux cooking plant has not been affected by COVID-19.
“Since Easter, the plant has been operating at full capacity to meet unprecedented demand for our products. It follows the highly successful launch to market of the Electrolux cooking range last year and the Westinghouse cooking range earlier this year,” he said.
“We estimate that one-in-three Australian homes has an AEG, Electrolux, Westinghouse or Chef cooking product built at Dudley Park.”
Featured photo: Phillip Saloniklis (Electrolux), Steven Marshall (South Australia Premier) and Stefan Ahrens (Ahrens Group)