Lighting tech manufacturer VAILO expands R&D with new Wayville facility

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VAILO, an Australian manufacturer of advanced lighting solutions, is relocating its production and research and development capabilities to a new facility in Wayville in early 2024. 

The relocation comes as the company seeks to create a future-proof workplace that will cater to increased market demand and a growing workforce. 

To expand VAILO’s production output, the new Wayville facility features a larger manufacturing floor space that incorporates automation and robotics on the assembly line. The facility will also be equipped with advanced 3D printing capabilities, a photometric dark room and a product development testing laboratory. 

“VAILO’s new Wayville facility allows us to further develop our product ranges and test our technology, including some of the most advanced sport lighting systems and horticultural lighting systems globally,” said Aaron Hickman, founder and CEO of VAILO

“We’ve loved operating from Kent Town, which is one of the strongest real estate investment markets within Adelaide currently for development. But for advanced manufacturing, we’ve outgrown the site within a short period of time and as we look at our export market opportunity, the timing for this new state-of-the-art facility at Wayville is just right,” Hickman added. 

The company seeks to build on its reputation for being one of the leading places in Australia and New Zealand to work after being named in the 2023 Australian Financial Review BOSS— Best Places to Work list. 

Hickmann said VAILO’s Kent Town offices will be shortly put on the market and would be put on lease until Wayville’s fit-out was completed. 

The company is currently engaged with Australian and international stadium and sports field lighting projects and is rapidly expanding into the US market.