Australian Crane Machinery (ACM) is the largest privately-owned manufacturer of cranes and Elevated Work Platforms (EWPs) in the Oceania region and exports to the United States, Chile and Canada.

A $16 million investment by the Victorian-based company will see a new crane manufacturing centre on the former Holden site at Elizabeth that will create 190 jobs and play a major role in servicing their EWP fleet.

The manufacturing centre will deliver jobs and apprenticeships in the northern suburbs of Adelaide for former automotive workers and those in metal trades including welders, fitters, auto electricians and machinists.

Once construction is complete, the new manufacturing plant will cover up to 28,000 square metres and enable ACM to compete in the international market and grow its exports of technically-advanced, large-scale equipment.

ACM is receiving a $2.2 million grant from the State Government through the Economic Investment Fund to establish the facility.

ACM Managing Director, Ben Potter said their team is excited to bring manufacturing to Adelaide, and is especially looking forward to producing their innovative machines from South Australia.

“Our ACM products are designed for the world and are globally competitive, and due to the ever-increasing global population and customer demand, ACM needs to expand our manufacturing facilities,” Mr. Potter said.

“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.”

“ACM products are on the cutting edge of technological innovation, and we’re also developing greener, battery-powered machines with a lower environmental impact,” Mr. Potter said.