Australian Crane and Machinery (ACM) is taking investment in South Australia to new heights, establishing a new crane manufacturing centre on the former Holden site at Elizabeth.
The A$16 million investment will build on the deep, technical skills base developed from the automotive and defence sectors in South Australia, and is expected to create 190 jobs, expanding the company’s current Adelaide workforce of 17 staff.
As the largest privately-owned manufacturer of cranes and Elevated Work Platforms (EWPs) in the Oceania region, ACM exports to the United States, Chile and Canada.
The new manufacturing centre will play a major role in servicing the company’s EWP fleet, enabling ACM to compete in the international market and grow their exports, said ACM Chief Executive, Ben Potter.
“We have chosen South Australia as the location for ACM’s newest production facility, due to the presence of skilled labour, engineers and a stable workforce and political environment. The location is excellent for export market shipping and access to wind farms where our largest units are used for maintenance.
“Of course, the weather is also great, which is important for us working and testing our machines in the field.”
In addition to the manufacturing cranes and EWPs, ACM is also working on developing greener, battery-powered machines with a lower environmental impact.
Following construction of the new crane manufacturing centre, production is expected to begin in early 2019.
By establishing it’s South Australian operations at the form Holden plant, ACM is helping ensure the Elizabeth site continues its rich manufacturing history and importantly create jobs for residents in northern Adelaide.