Successful year for factory
WALKING into the United Pacific Engineering factory, on Englands Rd, it is clear a wide-range of projects are under way.
From the construction of conveyer belts and foundations for a kitty litter plant, to parts of heavy machinery that are being repaired or modified and concrete moulds for the Pacific Highway upgrade, the factory is a mixture of equipment and various creations.
And behind the bigger jobs are plenty of smaller projects.
As the business marked the end of its first year, director John Fuller reflected on the diverse portfolio of work which has kept it viable during a tough time in the market.
An example of that versatility is their work with local artists and inventors, like the stainless steel and copper sculpture destined for a headland in Manly.
Mr Fuller said the company had grown considerably in one year and he hoped ‘to employ a few more blokes in the future’.
Despite the company’s development, Mr Fuller said it’s hard to be in the manufacturing industry right now.
“People are price driven and conservative,” he said.
“This mean flexibility of approach and willingness to undertake a variety of work is essential.
“We do a lot of repairs, make specialist parts and do smaller jobs like making machinery parts for farmers that they install.”
Mr Fuller said he would like to see a demand for Australian content to ensure a strong manufacturing industry both locally and nationally.
“I can’t buy raw materials cheaper than people are buying finished products overseas,” he said.
“But we end up fixing people’s disappointments, repairing and strengthening the products they buy cheaply overseas.”