Building a factory of the future in Australia

We’re transforming our North Plympton, Adelaide, pipe fittings plant into a true factory of the future with a €14 million investment to expand space and introduce the latest in manufacturing technology. 

This is the biggest single investment in Philmac brand facilities since the company was created in 1929 and is in line with our strategic aim to invest in the continued organic growth of our businesses across the world, even in challenging economic times. 

Through this investment, we will increase the plant’s capacity by 40%, introducing a whole range of new generation technologies that will take automation to the highest levels in Aliaxis and extend the plant’s life for another 20 years.   

Overall, it will deliver better material flow, create a safer working environment, and boost productivity thanks to a revised and extended factory footprint.  

Philmac’s range is made of compression fittings to join PE pipes and valves, principally serving the agriculture and building sectors. Some 40% of its products are exported to multiple countries, including to our businesses in the UK and US.  

The upgraded plant will include an expansion of our compression fitting cells, 90% of which will be fully automated. This part of the project will be completed in 2023.  

The factory will have an automated storage and retrieval warehouse and a bigger fleet of autonomous mobile robots to improve material flow around the plant. 

We’re pressing ahead at pace with this investment and the plant is expected to be fully operational in 2025. 

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