New Ronstan HQ

5100sqm facility opens out of Melbourne

Thursday November 18th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: Australia

Ronstan has just completed a multimillion dollar relocation to a new, purpose-built facility in Braeside, near Melbourne, Australia. This
new facility will serve as the company’s main worldwide manufacturing facility as well as its corporate headquarters.

The move reinforces Ronstan’s commitment to the local economy and the high quality workforce. The decision to relocate within Australia was made after careful study of all possible options, including overseas manufacturing. Given the skilled team of people already assembled, and the ability to tightly control product quality, it made business sense to keep major production within its home country.

According to Tim Melville, Operations Manager, “Ronstan looked hard at the overall operations before making this investment. With 1,500 sophisticated technical products produced, and our absolute commitment to quality, the move within the Melbourne area just made sense. We have a really good team of people here in Australia with longevity of knowledge and we really wanted to have a first class manufacturing business that we can be proud of and still manufacture cost-competitively to the world market.”

Ronstan’s new 5,100sqm facility places a premium on creating a good working environment while reducing the company’s carbon footprint and costs. Numerous new workflow and energy usage efficiencies have been engineered into the new building, including the installation of all new 21st century manufacturing equipment. Production is now a straight-line process, from raw material through production to assembly into the warehouse.

Ronstan International is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sailing hardware and accessories, including the recently acquired Andersen winch products. They have 175 employees located in offices around the world including: Sydney, Fremantle and Brisbane in Australia; Florida, Rhode Island, California, USA; Southampton, UK; and Vejle, Denmark.

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