After more than 35 years supplying the automotive industry, Conma Industries Pty Ltd will use $328,700 in Automotive Supplier Diversification Program funding to progress their diversification into the wine sector.
Conma has worked in close partnership with local company Ocvitti since 2015 to develop and manufacture an innovative and environmentally friendly steel Ocloc vineyard trellis post system to replace traditional wooden posts.
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.
This project has already exceeded the projected sales figures by 40 per cent.
Quotes attributable to Automotive Transformation Minister Kyam Maher
The State Government is committed to supporting automotive suppliers like Conma to diversify in to new industries ahead of the closure of Toyota and Holden’s Australian car manufacturing plants in October this year.
Conma is a great example of a company applying their manufacturing and engineering expertise to create innovative, niche products for different sectors.
By supporting our automotive manufacturers to diversify into new areas, we are keeping existing jobs and, in many cases, creating new jobs in growth industries such as advanced manufacturing.
Quotes attributable to Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell
I’d like to congratulate the people behind Conma and Ocvitti for their vision and hard work.
These new posts will offer the wine industry here and around the world a sustainable and strong alternative to traditional vineyard posts.
South Australia is undisputedly Australia’s wine capital – we produce almost 80 per cent of Australia’s premium wine from some of the oldest vines in the world.
Our wine sector generated $2.11 billion in revenue for South Australia in 2015-16, almost $330 million more than the previous year.
When we announced our $200 million Future Jobs Fund, Tourism, Food and Wine was identified as one of five key growth industries.
This is a great example of innovation creating new opportunities and I’m excited to see what else the future holds.
Quotes attributable to Conma Industries Pty Ltd General Manager Richard Rebbeck
The Automotive Supplier Diversification Program funding will help us expand our business to meet growing demand for these innovative Ocloc steel trellis products.
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.
Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Badcoe Jayne Stinson
This funding will help automotive supplier Conma diversify into new areas of production, securing local jobs and economic benefits for the south.
The State Government’s support for component suppliers will allow Conma to expand their production and will give new opportunities to workers and their families in Badcoe.