BETHLEHEM, Pa.—Flexicon is getting bigger Down Under.
Flexicon Corp. (Australia) Pty. Ltd.—a wholly owned subsidiary of Flexicon Corp.—more than doubled the size of its manufacturing and sales operation in July.
The new facility, located in Darra, Queensland, is situated on a large parcel "with provision for future growth," the company said. This is the company's second major expansion in the last 13 years, having tripled its manufacturing space in 2008.
The 25,725-sq.-ft building dedicates about 18,600 square feet to manufacture Flexicon flexible screw conveyors, pneumatic conveying systems, tubular cable conveyors, bulk bag unloaders, bulk bag fillers, bulk bag conditioners, manual dumping stations, drum/box/container dumpers, weigh batching systems and automated plant-wide systems.
The remaining 7,100 square feet of office space houses administrative personnel, increased engineering sales staff and visitor conference rooms.
A test laboratory scheduled for completion by the end of the year will simulate customer installations and verify performance on full-scale equipment.
"Flexicon Australia's relocation and expansion come at the perfect time as we take on more territories throughout Asia and continue to enjoy steady growth in our local markets," Tim Greene, managing director of the Australian operation, said in a release. "The extra space affords us the ability to grow in areas that will bring the most value to our customers and foster strong relationships into the future."
Flexicon added a sales office in Singapore in 2014 and another in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2019.
"The Flexicon brand is well known in this region," said Flexicon Corp. President David Gill. "The local engineering staff has extensive experience designing Flexicon equipment for food, pharmaceutical, chemical and other industries here. Plus it can readily draw upon Flexicon's 25,000 worldwide installations for existing solutions to most any bulk handling problem."
In addition to the U.S. headquarters and Australian facility, Flexicon engineers and manufactures its full line of equipment in Kent, England, and Gqeberha, South Africa.