Elexon 2.0 rises from the ashes

Published 1:00pm 29 May 2024

Elexon 2.0 rises from the ashes
Words by Jodie Powell

The Elexon Group of Companies has relaunched its facility nine months on from a devastating fire that ripped through its Brendale headquarters.

After the blaze in August last year reduced their site of almost 20 years to rubble, Elexon Electronics took the opportunity to revolutionise the way they design, manufacture, and support customers.

Rising from the ashes, the company moved into a new facility twice as large, just 1.5km from the old site in Brendale.

The team, alongside industry partners, worked day and night to create a new Industry 4.0 facility that was up and running just four months after the fire.

Stepping into the new era of Elexon 2.0, the group, led by its manufacturing branch Elexon Electronics, has an ambitious vision of achieving zero delays, zero defects, and zero returns.

Future focus

Elexon 2.0 rises from the ashes

Elexon Electronics chief executive officer Frank Faller says that with the relaunch, the company is propelling itself into the future with new facilities and a focus on product quality enhancement through the Elexon2Zero program.

“Embarking on the Elexon 2.0 journey, the company is shifting its focus from recovery towards quality and continuous improvement, setting the stage for the future in alignment with the innovative Elexon2Zero program,” Frank says.

The launch of the new facility last Friday served a dual purpose - to express gratitude to Elexon’s customers, partners, and industry stakeholders for their support, and to showcase their state-of-the-art facility and cutting-edge technology.

“Today, I realise even more deeply the importance of having the right team, a strong organisational culture, and robust processes in place,” Frank said at the launch.

“The challenges we've faced have reinforced the value of these foundational elements, enabling us to not just recover but to thrive and innovate.

“Our journey has highlighted that it's not just about what we create, but how we work together and adapt that truly defines our success."

Resilience and determination

Elexon 2.0 rises from the ashes

Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water Glenn Butcher says the launch of Elexon 2.0 highlights the importance of advanced manufacturing in Queensland.

"(It is) testament to the incredible resilience and determination of the Elexon team,” Glenn says.

“Elexon are one of the biggest advocates for Queensland’s manufacturing sector.

“Our government is proud to have supported Elexon with the $890,000 Made in Queensland grant to increase production capacity, reduce manufacturing cost and create new job opportunities.”

Minister for Fire and Disaster Recovery Nikki Boyd presented an Appreciation Award to the firefighters from Eatons Hill who responded to the August fire.

“The bravery and swift action of our local firefighters from Eatons Hill during the Elexon fire incident highlights the dedication and bravery of our firefighting community,” Nikki says.

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