Syntec Diamond Tools: From China to Berri
Syntec Diamond Tools are moving to the Riverland and bringing with them a state of the art advanced manufacturing facility with South Australian owners and export markets, which will create 25 new jobs.
Earlier this year RDA CEO Brenton Lewis was contacted by Adelaide based company Syntec Diamond Tools, who were looking to relocate their manufacturing plant currently located in China, back to Australia. With the Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund Grants available in the Riverland area of our region, Brenton referred them to RDA Riverland’s Economic Development Manager, Nicolle Jachmann.
RDA assisted Syntec to find a suitable location, by utilising RDA’s asset register, liaising with real estate agents, property owners and Councils to show the currently underutilised infrastructure that was available in the Riverland. Through RDA’s association with Berri Barmera Council CEO David Beaton, Nicolle Jachmann was aware of the National Foods site being available. David was then able to put the prospective purchasers in contact with National Foods, whilst Nicolle continued to work with the investors and their consultant throughout the RSFF application process.
Through the use of underutilised infrastructure in the Riverland, investment in advanced manufacturing equipment and the leveraging of the Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund, Syntec Diamond Tools, an Adelaide based company is now able to relocate their diamond tools manufacturing plant currently located in China, back to South Australia, and still remain competitive on a cost per unit of production basis in their existing national and international markets.
The advanced manufacturing facility will feature state-of-the-art low energy automated plant and equipment and systems, provide diversification for the region and will create 25 new jobs in the Riverland.
Adelaide based Directors Paul Freer and Dennis Clift have over 50 years combined industry experience. They regularly visit export countries and attend international trade shows to promote their product. International customers periodically visit Syntec and will be brought to the Riverland facility, assisting in the exposure of our region on an international market.
This project is a great example of how underutilised existing infrastructure can be leveraged to return an existing manufacturing facility to South Australia and still remain competitive on a global scale.
This is also a great example of RDA’s collaborative role in the Murraylands & Riverland. RDA through our local networks was able to engaged with Council, industry and investors to bring this project to fruition.