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Zone RV expands with Australia’s largest 3D printer

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All-composite caravan manufacturer Zone RV has announced a major expansion of its Sunshine Coast, Queensland plant, including the purchase of a 22m x 5m 3D printer, said to be the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Founder Dave Biggar and CEO Adrian Toft hosted Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson on an inspection of its expanding facilities.

Toft said he was very excited the new facility and the big 3D printer, according to media reports.

Toft said: “At 22 meters x 5 meters wide, it is huge.

“We’re hiring now and if you have an interest in automation, robotics and mechatronics, come and talk to us.”

Zone RV incorporates technology from the aeronautical and marine industries to build lighter, stronger and safer off-road caravans with all-composite bodies and cabinetry systems.

This helps users keep below the Gross Combined Mass (GCM) of their tow vehicles.

The composite bodies sit on a bespoke chassis and specially designed CruiseMaster suspension systems suitable for Australian corrugated roads.

The company is investing in a new $7.5 million 5,000 square metre facility in Coolum Eco Industrial Park.

Caravan sales have been strong due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zone RV said the expansion would create 124 new full-time positions.

Sunshine Coast Council provides business support measures and incentives including a rebate on eligible development application fees and staged payment options for infrastructure charges.

Picture: Zone RV

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