Dulux’s brand new water-based paint manufacturing facility has been completed in Melbourne’s north and is now the largest coatings plant in Australia and New Zealand, with capacity in excess of 100 millions litres per year.

It was Dulux’s aim to showcase their best coating systems for this project, so the steel work was sandblasted, followed by a epoxy base layer and finished with a high gloss polyurethane top coat.

Another distinguishing feature for this project was that the despatch canopy featured a ‘no internal columns’ clear span area of 3,000sqm. To support this entire area, PacifiCO Steel fabricated a 48m long 1200WB342 spine beam. The beam was fabricated and delivered to site in three sections. Gully Rigging, the rigging team for this entire project, assembled the three sections on the ground and then erected them using a temporary column. When finished, the entire roof structure was raised using heavy duty hydraulic jacks, allowing the temporary columns to be removed.

PacifiCO erected over 1,030 tonnes of steel and more than 28,000 metres of purlins in this 20,000m2 facility.

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