Concourse Golf relocate to Melbourne to design and manufacture golf buggies and new Smart Wheels.
We’ve been keeping a close eye on Australian high-tech golf equipment designer and manufacturer Concourse Golf over the past few years as they’ve produced some of the most innovative, eye-catching golf buggies we have ever seen.
And it now seems they have also caught the eye of the Victorian Government. Concourse Golf have announced they will combine its operations in Melbourne by moving manufacturing from China and its head office from Sydney.
Concourse Golf Managing Director David MacKay said he was delighted to call Melbourne home given the popularity of golf in Victoria and the fact that there are world-class designers, engineers and manufacturers ready to do business in a competitive and innovative way.
“With the support of the Andrews Government, it made sense to relocate to Melbourne and tap the world-class manufacturing base that exists in Victoria,” Mr MacKay said.
“We know we can do business in Victoria and we like the energy that exists here.
Victorian state government representatives were on hand at Concourse Golf in Dandenong last week for the announcement. Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams congratulated the company on choosing Melbourne to establish its new Australian headquarters.
And Victorian State Government also put out their own media release to announce the relocation.
So what exactly about Concourse Golf has attracted so much interest from the Victorian Government?
As we mentioned, the CBM3 push buggy is one of the most innovative golf products we’ve seen, but it’s what Concourse Golf is designing next that has everyone excited.
Concourse Golf well develop Smart Wheels in Melbourne, which convert its award-winning CBM3 push buggies into electric buggies by simply changing the wheels.
In essence, the Smart Wheels will be fully self-contained units, including batteries, motors and control electronics – all housed within the wheels.
So while this will be revolutionary (pardon the pun) for golf buggy design, the wheels could potentially be applied to a range of other industries including healthcare and transport.
To further utilise the Smart Wheels, Concourse is seeking partners that can apply its technology to areas outside of golf and have earmarked industries such as health and aged care, patient transport and the supply chain and logistics as beneficiaries.
“We are currently in the final stages of development of a patented system that will revolutionise golf buggies and the way the golfer uses them. We are proud that product will originate from Melbourne, Victoria and be sold globally,” Mr MacKay said.
Concourse Golf is currently establishing contract manufacturing for the Smart Wheels in Victoria, with the first production units being completed in late 2017. With ongoing expansion of production capacity, the business expects to have created around 200 jobs by 2020.