Lighting Innovations announced today that they will be relocating to Port Elizabeth and have begun establishing a new factory in Greenbushes, valued at R60-million, creating between 80 and 100 permanent job opportunities.
The company, which was established in 1989, is a complete lighting solutions provider, from in-house design and manufacture of custom lighting solutions, to the specification, supply and commissioning of the world’s best lighting brands.
Chief executive Bruce Waddell, who originally hails from Uitenhage, said the company was established in Johannesburg in 1989 but had recently grown too big for their current 7,500m² property in Wynberg, Johannesburg.
“Originally Port Elizabeth was not even on the list of contention, but then Craig (Waddel’s son) said why not look at PE and after looking at various options we decided to relocate,” said Waddell.
Waddell said the site was already being cleared and construction of the new factory would begin within the next few weeks, with plans to begin manufacturing by the end of the year.
Waddell said besides the actual factory, the company would be investing in new precision machines, wiring equipment and a new powder coating line that the company had already purchased, but which was too big to fit in the existing premises.
“The new factory will start manufacturing fluorescent luminaries and will progressively be complimented with a full range of products including architectural and customised luminaries, LED luminaries, floodlighting an trunking,” he said.
Waddell said some of the luminaries produced would be manufactured for export, specifically focusing on markets in Africa and Brazil.