Jet expands in Melbourne

Jet Technologies (Jet) is expanding its Melbourne facilities to handle the demand of half of its customers being based in Victoria.

The new office space is attached to its existing Braeside warehouse, which includes an ink and adhesives laboratory. Jet has hired two new staff, Josh Hurst and Aeson Lau, to work in the space.

Jack Malki, managing director, Jet, says “Around 50 per cent of our business is in Victoria, so we have had more staff members based in Melbourne. It is a hub for them to work out of, but we also have a full ink laboratory down there, so we are supporting that with the new facility.

“We make colours, custom products, custom coding, testing for viscosity, so it is laboratory work you need close to the customer.

“We won substantial UV business in Victoria, so it was important that we did not have to send it back to Sydney.”

As for the staff, Malki explains, “Josh Hurst’s main role is supporting James Montgomery, our product manager for inks and coatings. We have a transition process for clients coming on board, which is a time consuming task; he is there to support ink activities, colour matching, and check on the important parameters on the ground.

“Aeson Lau comes to us with experience in the adhesives business. We have a lot in the packaging and print sectors. We were looking for someone based in Victoria to take care of that business and our customers in the dairy and juice segments.”

“We have one more person joining at the end of this year, early next year, so the team keeps growing.

“The year has flown by and it is suddenly October, we need to have a bit of a holiday and make concrete plans in January for 2018.”


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