Brisbane-based AIS Water has broken ground on its third production facility as the business continues to expand its capacity.
AIS has two existing production facilities at its Tingalpa headquarters, and the third factory will be the first dedicated anode production facility in the southern hemisphere.
An anode is an electrode which allows an electrical current to enter into a device. Anodes form an integral part of AIS’s inline chlorine generation via electrolysis process and form the “heart” of each chlorinator.
CEO Elena Gosse says the new facility will produce enough anodes and anode material to permit AIS to triple its production capacity, which in turn will satisfy its own growing demand and strengthen its position as a global supplier of anode material.
“Since we could not find an anode supplier that could meet our exacting standards, we’ve been manufacturing our own anodes since 1998. We are now well known for producing superior quality, commercial grade anode material using high quality titanium,” she says.
Supplying to more markets
Gosse says that demand for AIS products is growing at such a rapid pace, the company decided to expand its production capacity not only to satisfy its own needs, but to supply to other manufacturers and industries.
The new anode production facility is expected to be operational by late 2021 and will support as many as 140 construction jobs and offer 55 full-time skilled and unskilled jobs over the lifetime of the project.
“As the economy continues to recover from the effects of covid-19, we’re proud to be creating jobs and enhancing the reputation of Australian manufacturing,” she says.
“Our new facility will be world-class and enable us to continue our leadership role in the swimming pool chlorinator industry as well as open the door to new industries and markets.”
Local Queensland company, JBS Building and Development has designed and is building the facility.
CAPTION: CEO Elena Gosse with SPASA Australia’s Luke Daly at the new AIS factory site