Rinnai Australia opens major manufacturing facility

03 Jul 2017

Rinnai Australia, the wholly-owned subsidiary of hot-water systems manufacturer, Rinnai Japan, has opened a major ‘next generation’ manufacturing facility in Victoria, creating 160 new jobs.

The 68,000 square-meter plant, located at Braeside in Melbourne’s south-east, manufactures a wide range of products including solar hot water systems, climate segment heating, specialised cooling products, and solar renewable products.

The facility is supported by an R&D ‘Centre of Excellence’ linked to Rinnai Japan’s R&D 600-strong engineering division, and is developing and testing new products for Rinnai subsidiaries around the world.

Rinnai’s ‘next generation’ state-of-the-art solar hot water systems use photons instead of electricity, and the design of the new facility and new innovative technology was done in-house by Rinnai Australia.

Rinnai Australia Managing Director, Greg Ellis, said that the Rinnai global company has followed Rinnai Australia’s lead and has been ‘starting to build solar manufacturing facilities in South America. We have also been building hybrid facilities in Japan and China and the US, all based on Australian models. That’s a feather in our caps’.

Founded in 1920 in Nagoya, Japan, Rinnai first manufactured and sold pressurised oil stoves.Today the company operates 17 international subsidiaries, manufactures in 13 countries, employs over 8,000 people, and recently posted consolidated annual revenue of US$3.4 billion.

Rinnai Australia was established in 1971.