Maritimo has new room to grow
Expansion of boat builder's Coomera facility is set to deliver production benefits.
The imminent completion of Maritimo's new manufacturing facility at the Coomera Marine Precinct on the Gold Coast is already delivering benefits for the luxury boat builder with a host of production improvements set to drive the company's future expansion.
The company bought the new McPhail Road site, adjacent to its current Waterway Drive facility, late last year and started relocating production processes on site earlier this year. Since then the company has been working on expanding its production facilities with the work expected to be completed in 2019.
Once completed, Maritimo's total factory space will be increased by 52%. Prior to the McPhail Road acquisition and building works, its production facility covered 10,840m2 including 1,028m2 for the race team headquarters. The acquisition will see a further 5,710m2 being added.
Maritimo general manager operations, Phil Candler, said the results of the expansion were already being realised with the new product and design team being shifted from the company's Hope Harbour facility into the refurbished existing building on the acquired site.
“We now have the new product and design team located with R&D and have virtually trebled their space in an area which enables better interaction with manufacturing and a more productive flow of ideas and information between design and production,” he said.
Candler said the new buildings have also enabled Maritimo to redistribute current resources at Waterway Drive which would enhance productivity and quality of workmanship.
“The new lamination shed has greater capacity and volume than before which creates better air flow through the building and mobile designated air extraction units can be deployed to anywhere in the building where there is a need in the work process flow,” he said.
“Walls in the new sheds have been insulated to reduce heat, the volume of air in the facility has been increased to better the work environment, there are new lunch rooms, toilets and showers, 230m2 of portable mezzanine areas have been purchased enabling us to tailor workplaces specifically to the needs of the day, we have greater storage for moulds, both inside and out, and have created more designated detailing and cutting bays with state of the art extraction.”
Candler said the expansion has seen a doubling of Maritimo's CNC router machinery with router one and 3D Design technology located together in McPhail Road to assist with new product development. A new CNC router was moved into the existing wood shop at Waterway Drive.
A streamlined manufacturing process in one of the new buildings will see vessels enter at one end and then make their way through the facility emerging at the other end virtually completed.
“We have the capacity to have four vessels engineered at one time as they progress through that facility,” said Candler.
“This design and production process allows us to cater for a wide variety of different sized vessels and to increase the size of our models in the future if we wish to.”
According to Candler, the blueprint for the new combined facility and its various elements came about after extensive consultation with the different crews on the factory floor to get feedback on what worked the best.
“We have minimised waste in terms of time, manpower and materials, we have streamlined the process to provide an improved and higher quality product and we have created an environment for both manufacturing workers and the R&D and design department to excel,” he said.
As part of its expansion Maritimo is increasing its apprentice intake and continuing its training and development of current staff while undertaking a substantial manpower drive aimed at increasing the overall workforce by 30%.
CEO Garth Corbitt said the completion of the new manufacturing facility comes as Maritimo's global expansion is stepped up and followed on from its most successful year ever in 2018 with record sales across the globe.
“Ongoing the company will continue to market approximately half of the vessels we produce internationally and our new improved base will enable us to do that efficiently and cost effectively, ultimately resulting in a better product for our customers and a better environment for our people,” he said.