Vicon expands with interstate move

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Innovative garment print business Vicon is doubling the size of its floorspace, with a move from Sydney to Brisbane, and is investing $600,000 in additional print equipment as part of the move.

Expansion: Ben Carroll, managing director, Vicon
Expansion: Ben Carroll, managing director, Vicon

The company, which produces the complex UltraColour heat transfer logos for the trade on its self-developed print system – which uses an HP Indigo supplied by Currie Group, with screen printing lines – is now housed in a 1300sqm site in Brendale in the north of the city.

Owner Ben Carroll says the move and investment in additional production equipment will enable to it expand its product lines. He said, “We are twice the size of our previous factory, which was curtailing our growth. The new factory will enable us to develop new products such as metallics, and reflectives.

“It is an exciting time for us, we will be able to supply the trade with products that are just not available here. The investment is large, with most of it is going on a new screen printing line, and automated cleaning solutions.”

The company will now have three print lines, up from the one that it had in Brookvale, as it already had one waiting in the wings but with no space to run it, with all three now using the HP Indigo.

Carroll said, “We looked at staying in Sydney with a move to the west, but the costs were still high, many of my staff were unlikely to make the move, and being in Brisbane means we are well placed for national distribution. The floorpace and investment in additional equipment means we are in a position to expand our service to our clients, and support them with the means to move into new markets with their existing equipment.”

Associated supplies business Velflex will remain in its Albury Wodonga base, but will now use the new Brendale location as its distribution centre for Queensland. Carroll said, “It will be good for Velflex to be so close to the Queensland market.”

Vicon was established by Carroll seven years ago.

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