World-leading wine technology company to build headquarters in South Australia
A Nuriootpa-based business specialising in producing innovative wine technologies has been offered a $500,000 State Government to support a project that will create 19 full-time equivalent ongoing jobs.
VA Filtration will use the Regional Development Fund grant to support building a $4.5 million purpose-built new technology facility on Pipeline Road.
The facility will boost South Australia’s reputation as a world leader in innovative wine technologies.
New positions will include researchers, engineers and manufacturing experts. Another 15 FTEs will be created during the construction phase.
The facility will enable VA Filtration to construct highly advanced modern filtration machines locally in South Australia, instead of the company needing to outsource this work interstate as currently occurs.
The project aligns with the State Government’s economic priorities of ‘Premium food produced in our clean environment and exported to the world’ and ‘Growth through innovation’.
VA Filtration is a global distributor of a unique, patented mobile filtration system, designed to service small to medium wineries.
It uses patented, highly advanced filtration processes to improve wine quality by removing or reducing undesirable compounds and taints.
The State Government’s $15 million Regional Development Fund (RDF) drives economic growth through grants to boost investment in regional infrastructure and the creation of jobs in South Australia.
The RDF has been independently assessed by Ernst and Young. This assessment showed that projects supported by the RDF in the 2016/17 financial year alone would make an economic contribution to the state of over $1 billion and create over 3000 regional jobs.
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said VA Filtration is a valuable contributor to the state’s premium wine supply chain.
“South Australia already accounts for almost 80 per cent of Australia’s premium wine production which is produced from some of the oldest vines in the world. In 2016-17, South Australia’s wine industry generated more than $2.3 billion in revenue. VA Filtration currently services around 180 wine producers across South Australia,” Mr. Brock said.
“With this new facility, VA Filtration will be able to offer a world-first ultrafiltration service to increase the quality of premium wines. There will be an increasing need for new technologies such as the ones developed by VA Filtration to transition our economy from traditional manufacturing to high-tech.”
VA Filtration managing Director and founder Matthew Hooper said the company is very happy to be offered this grant from the Regional Development Fund to help them expand their world-leading technologies in the heart of Australia’s most prestigious wine region – the Barossa Valley.
“The project will give VA Filtration a permanent base for the company, building on the existing invaluable mobile service we provide to customers,” Mr. Hooper said.
“We’re excited to now be able to dramatically expand our operations in regional South Australia, increase machine exports through our subsidiary companies in the USA, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa and Argentina, and develop a dedicated research and development division.”