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24/9/2018 — General
Scott to expand in Dunedin
By Simon Hartley

Construction is due to begin at Scott Technology Ltd's (NZX: SCT) Kaikorai Valley headquarters in Dunedin, in a $4million project which will double its space.

Resource consent was gained several months ago and building consent was granted this month, with the job going to construction company Calder Stewart, which built the present structure.

The workshop space will increase from 1,500 square metres to 3,000 sq m, while the combined engineering and administration space would increase from 800 sq m to 1,600 sq m.

At present at the site there is a metre-high pile of gravel on the expansion site, to compress the ground below, which will then be removed for slab preparation and construction to begin.

Scott chief executive Chris Hopkins expected construction to start by the end of the month, with the job finished early next year and staff scheduled to move in by February or March.

While the present 91 jobs at the plant would not increase alongside the doubling of space, Hopkins believed that with sales expected to increase, job numbers would grow in the longer term at the site.

He said the research and development-innovation hub within the building would be expanded, and include advanced automation training.

The Dunedin site largely conducts research and development for Scott's robotics division, while its Christchurch site focuses on its mainstay manufacturing of assembly lines for export.

*Simon Hartley is senior business reporter and assistant chief reporter for the Otago Daily Times.

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