Pat Conaghan MP

Cowper MP unveils new technology that could transform construction sector

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan says a Coffs Harbour-based company is at the cutting edge of new technology that will fundamentally change the global industry and provide unparalleled advantages across residential and commercial construction sectors.

Stonelake Pty Ltd unveiled the “Buildonix® Building System” on March 11 and Mr Conaghan says the company is well-placed to advance Australia’s manufacturing and construction productivity and efficiency, reducing energy consumption at all levels, and helping to create an environmentally sustainable future.

“The Federal Government invested $338,216 in the job-boosting infrastructure which will provide long term benefits to the Coffs Harbour and Mid-North Coast regions,” he said.

“A key benefit of this investment is that the “Buildonix® Building System” operates on a single digital platform which utilises precision manufactured components.  This simplifies and streamlines the delivery of a project from design, to manufacture, assembly and ongoing quality assurance for all Buildonix® structures. This allows structures to be assembled, disassembled, altered, expanded and reassembled with ease, embodying the principles of the circular economy.

“The unique ability of Buildonix® is that structures can be assembled quickly and safely by hand, either in factory or on-site, significantly improving efficiency and speed of assembly, as well as reducing manufacturing waste and removing on-site waste

“Buildonix provides quality, cost effective and safe building solutions that can be applied to both residential and commercial building projects of any size. Designed for manufacturing efficiencies, this unique approach allows for economies of scale that would greatly increase Australia’s construction productivity on a global scale, creating major export opportunities and jobs within Australia.

“It is businesses and operations such as this that are creating jobs for their local region. This upgrade alone created 11 jobs in construction and a further five ongoing positions following completion.”

Stonelake Pty Ltd Managing Director Maurice Lake said the establishment of a prototype, advanced manufacturing facility enabled the company to commercialise its patented cost effective building and façade manufacturing systems known as “Buildonix®”.

“The Federal Government funding was used to purchase and commission new advanced manufacturing equipment, reconfigure the company’s existing factory, establish a small-scale manufacturing operation, and produce a prototype office unit – “Buildonix® Office Space” – for demonstration purposes.”

The Federal Government contributed $338,216 to the project under the $222.3 million Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) program while Stonelake Pty Ltd contributed $397,826.

The RJIP program aims to drive economic growth and create jobs in 10 pilot regions by investing in projects that will; diversify regional economies, stimulate long-term growth, deliver sustainable employment, and enable applicants to enter new markets and sectors.