July 18, 1975: Big orders for new factory

November 01, 2017

Surgical caps are being made by the thousand at Finnwad's factory. Pictured putting the finishing touches to the caps prior to packing are M. Gibson, H. Church, M. Ewing, D. Frost and Alison Shard.

After being in production less then two months, Finnwad Australia Pty. Ltd. is already looking to expand its only Australian factory at Shepparton.

The company's managing director (Mr W. Bernard Cross) said today that duplication of the factory could be necessary by the middle of next year. 

By then the present building could have reached maximum capacity. 

The company is now producing a complete range of disposable non-woven products. 

The company plans to build a new warehouse in Melbourne and will probably have to double the size of the Shepparton factory to keep pace with requirements. 

Cutters Mrs Doreen Davis and Mrs Joy Carter were pictured folding T bandages used for post operative purposes in hospitals. 

Mr Cross said that a staff of 13 was now employed and this would also be increased as the factory expanded. 

Although the factory only started production in mid May, it is not producing a complete range of disposable items for hospital and domestic use. 

It is getting orders from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and several major hospitals throughout Australia are using "Finwebb" products.

Mr Cross said it was probable that the "Finnwebb" range of table cloths and table napkins will be produced in Shepparton by the end of this year. 

New legislation proposed by the Victorian Government covering food premises and a requirement to wear head covers, will help the company and these covers will also be produced at Shepparton. 

Managing director of Finnwad Mr W. Bernard Cross left, has been in Shepparton this week to look at the factory's operations. He is explaining the working of a machine used to make liners for disposable nappies to Shepparton's Mayor Cr John Gerrard.

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