Fuchs facility to move to Beresfield in 2016
Fuchs has announced plans to build a manufacturing plant in Beresfield, near Newcastle, to increase its Australian manufacturing capacity. The company will move its existing operations in Wickham to the 2500 m2 greenfield site in Beresfield, NSW.
Construction on the new site will begin in mid-2015 and is expected to be operational in mid-2016. The Beresfield site was chosen for its proximity to all major connecting highways and is close enough to the Wickham site that all existing employees will be able to continue working with the company.
“This project will be a significant investment into the Newcastle region, and is part of an ongoing strategy to increase our investment into our operations in Australia,” said Wayne Hoiles, managing director of Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia).
“While such a significant portion of Australia’s manufacturing is moving offshore, we have focused on growing our business in Australia and New Zealand, particularly in high-demand areas.
“The existing site in Wickham was too small to expand, so we made the decision to move to the new Beresfield site, which will allow us maintain our experienced workforce and increase our production capacity and operational efficiencies to better service our key customer base in New South Wales and Queensland.”
Fuchs says that its mining customers in the Hunter Valley region will benefit significantly from the new facility.
“The Australian mining industry is of significant importance to the Fuchs Group, and the construction of this new manufacturing plant will allow us to improve the responsiveness and quality of our service for our Australian-based customers,” said Dr Georg Lingg, Fuchs Petrolub AG executive board member, responsible for the Asia Pacific and Africa region.
“This commitment is part of our global investment program to invest in the future, particularly in the growing South East Asian region.”
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