Huon Aquaculture opens $12 mill processing plant

Huon Aquaculture has opened a new $12 million Smokehouse and Product Innovation Centre in Parramatta Creek.

The facility is comprised of a 2,500m2 value-added salmon processing facility and a 750m2 administration facility. It is expected to deliver more than one million dollars in cost savings for the company in its first year of operation under one site.

The new facility involves a revamp and extension of Huon’s existing Parramatta Creek operation, now twice as large as its original footprint.

Huon Aquaculture Managing Director Peter Bender said: “Our new facility will enable us to increase our production capacity and efficiency, while reducing our environmental footprint.

“We produce around 17,000 tonnes of fresh salmon each year, with our new facility part of our four-year $160 million controlled growth strategy.

“This world-class site will incorporate whole fish, fresh fish, and value-added cold and hot smoked production, successfully bringing together our full range of seafood processing at a single location.”

The project includes:

  • A suspended walkway across existing and new processing facilities provides access to staff entry areas, as well as viewing facilities for customers and visitors.
  • The new 750m² administration facility includes meeting rooms, a boardroom, laboratory and product development, and extended car-parking facilities. The dining room and commercial kitchen are complimented by staff breakout and barbeque areas for 100 employees.
  • The existing fresh salmon processing facility, completed in stage one, received a reconfiguration of process areas and upgrade works to drainage and floors with a new epoxy finish.
  • LED lighting has been incorporated throughout the new facility providing an improved environment for the staff and saving on energy consumption and maintenance.


Bega Cheese wins manufacturing grant

19 successful applicants for the first round of the Manufacturing Transition Program were awarded nearly $50 million yesterday.

The applicants come from a range of different industries, including food and beverage, mining, aerospace and medical technologies, and receive up to 25 per cent of costs to co-invest in new capital equipment and plant improvements.

There were $48,139,024 worth of of funds allocated for projects worth $254,456,429, which supported “high-value” manufacturing.

A joint statement from industry minister Ian Macfarlane and prime minister Tony Abbott yesterday said the grants were in line with an election pledge to focus on “areas of competitive strength”.

“Bega Cheese will be able to invest in more sophisticated and knowledge-intensive manufacturing, creating high value jobs in areas where the greatest economic opportunities exist,” said Eden Monaro MP Peter Hendy, according to Bega District News.

Bega’s project involved investment in new equipment to increase the production of lactoferrin from milk solids.

Hearing implant maker Cochlear will use its $3.25 million grant to “bring back manufacturing capability on-shore for its next-generation hearing implants” through upgrades at three sites.

Other successful applicants in the competitive grants programme included Ferra Engineering, Mulgowie Fresh, and Nissan Casting Australia. There were 79 applicants.

To see the full list of recipients, click here.