Wine industry to benefit from automotive company diversification
After more than 35 years supplying the automotive industry, South Australian company Conma Industries Pty Ltd will use $328,700 in Automotive Supplier Diversification Program funding to progress their diversification into the wine sector.
In an innovative move away from traditional wooden trellis posts, Conma has worked in close partnership with local company Ocvitti since 2015 to develop and manufacture environmentally-friendly steel Ocloc vineyard trellis post system.
Conma will use the ASDP funding to help manufacture specialised tooling and to modernise and expand machinery to develop additional products that will enhance the Ocloc steel trellis system range and support further growth in the horticultural market.
Conma Industries, a wholly family owned metal stamping business, is a Tier 2 supplier to Tenneco Automotive, manufacturing pressed metal suspension and exhaust components.
In February 2016 the company received a $130,000 ASDP grant to work with Ocvitti to develop the first iteration of the trellis post and to invest in new plant and equipment to manufacture the post.
Conma Industries Pty Ltd General Manager Richard Rebbeck said the project has already exceeded the projected sales figures by 40 per cent.
"The Automotive Supplier Diversification Program funding will help us expand our business to meet growing demand for these innovative Ocloc steel trellis products," Mr Rebbeck said.
"The development of these new products will open up opportunities not only for Ocvitti in sales, but will also provide Conma with the opportunity to expand across the horticultural industry, leading to greater output and hopefully the need to employ more staff."
These new posts will offer the wine industry here and around the world a sustainable and strong alternative to traditional vineyard posts.
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