Employment Minister Jacinta Allan and Industry Minister Lily D’Ambrosio
today welcomed Rinnai Australia’s announcement it will develop a major
next generation manufacturing facility in Braeside in Melbourne’s south–east,
creating 160 new jobs.

The new manufacturing facility consolidates Rinnai Australia’s position in the
Rinnai global network, helping to secure 185 existing jobs at Rinnai’s recently
constructed Keysborough national head office, as well as 270 jobs at its
wholly-owned subsidiary Brivis, which is located adjacent to the new Braeside
manufacturing site.

The 160 new jobs created at the new Braeside facility will include 89 new
operational staff and 20 technical engineering staff in R&D in addition to
management and administrative positions.

The new facility will manufacture next generation hot water systems, and
climate segment heating and cooling products for the Australian and
international markets, targeting more than $50 million in incremental annual
exports through existing Rinnai global distribution channels.

Rinnai Australia anticipates that the new facility will be a driver of increased
sales in Australia and reduced dependence on current levels of imports.

The new manufacturing facility will be supported by an Australian R&D Centre
linked to Rinnai Japan’s nearly 600 strong engineering R&D division in Nagoya,
that will be able to access manufacturing and product development competencies
from Rinnai Japan and enable Rinnai Australia to develop new innovative
products for the Australian and export markets.

Established in Melbourne in 1971, Rinnai Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary
of Rinnai Japan, which is headquartered in Nagoya, the major industrial city
of Victoria’s sister state, Aichi Prefecture. Rinnai Japan currently operates 17
international subsidiaries and manufactures in 13 countries, employing 8,100
people and earning consolidated annual revenues of US$3.4 billion.



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