Maritimo Builds For The Future With New Plant


Barry 2018-12-14

Leading Australian motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, is close to completing a multi million dollar expansion of its original Gold Coast plant which will 'future proof' the business and create Australia's most  advanced and environmentally sensitive marine industry manufacturing facility.

The works which have been ongoing for more than a year will be completed early in 2019 and will virtually double the company's original manufacturing base. Plans for the e xpansion started in late 2017 with the purchase of a 3.09 hectare commercial site adjoining  Maritimo's factory in  Waterways Drive at the Coomera Marine Precinct. The site in McPhail Road, backing  onto the Maritimo factory, has been a hive of activity since then.

Company founder and marine industry doyen, Bill Barry Cotter, said when completed the combined manufacturing plant would cover 4.664 hectares and would be one of the most advanced in the industry. The McPhail Road purchase increased Maritimo's land holding by 197% and its total building areas by 52%.

"We conducted a root and branch review of our entire manufacturing operation and this new facility has enabled us to streamline and refine how we design and manufacture boats and at the same time dramatically improve the working environment for our people," he said.

CEO Garth Corbitt said the completion of the new manufacturing facility would come as Maritimo's global expansion was  stepped up and followed on from its most successful year ever in 2018 with record sales across the globe.

"Ongoing the company will continue to market approximately half of the vessels we produced internationally and our new improved base will enable us to do that efficiently and cost effectively ultimately resulting in a better product for our customers  and a better environment for our people," he said.

Maritimo General Manager Operations, Phil Candler, said the expansion enabled Maritimo to grow and  increase the size of its vessels as and when it sees fit without having to make any significant factory changes.

He said benefits were already flowing with the new product and design team being shifted from the company's Hope Harbour facility into the refurbished existing building on the acquired site.

Candler said the improvements and advances in built into the new combined facility were substantial and significant and would also make for a work environment without peer in the marine sector in Australia.

Even rainwater run off  will be harvested and filtered before being returned to the environment and used to nurture  gardens and landscaping. He said the new buildings enabled Maritimo to redistribute current resources at Waterways Drive which would enhance productivity and quality of  workmanship.

"The new lamination shed has greater capacity and our streamlined manufacturing process would see vessels enter at one end and then make their way through the facility emerging at the other end virtually completed.

"We have the capacity to have four vessels engineered at one time as they progress through that facility," he said.

"This design and production process allows us to cater for a wide variety of different sized vessels and to increase the size of our models in the future if we wish to."

Candler said as part of its expansion Maritimo was increasing its apprentice intake and was continuing its training and development of current staff while undertaking a substantial manpower drive aimed at increasing the overall workforce by 30 percent.

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