201311.28

Billson opens world class manufacturing and technical centre

Local Federal MP, Bruce Billson, yesterday helped launch the expansion of a state of the art polyurethane manufacturing and technical centre at Carrum Downs.

Mr Billson was delighted Pacific Urethanes had made the decision to expand locally.

Small businesses are the real job creators in our local economy and so therefore it’s pleasing to be able to open the expansion of a world-class business based in our own backyard.

The expanded facility will house 10 staff and produce thousands of tonnes of polyurethane for national and global distribution.

This Australian owned company is part of a $60 billion global industry and specialises in the development and production of polyurethane systems which is used in many household appliances including refrigerators, hot water systems, bedding, and furniture and also for home insulation.

Polyurethane is also used by industry for building panels, abrasion resistance, corrosion protection, weight reduction, adhesive, and coating applications to name a few.

This small business has more than 100 customers in Australia and Asia and exports to countries in the Asia Pacific region including Indonesia, Thailand, China, Vietnam and New Zealand.

Pacific Urethanes Director and General Manager Owen Stam said it hadn’t been all smooth sailing for the small business in the current manufacturing environment, but thankfully it had (temporarily) avoided a carbon tax king-hit by a sheer technicality.

“When the carbon tax was introduced our costs looked like ballooning. A key raw material luckily missed the first wave, but would no doubt have been caught down the track”, Mr Stam said.

“The planned removal of the carbon tax by the new Federal government enables us to plan for the future with confidence.”