Sunday, 21 October 2018 23:42

Redflow boosts manufacturing expertise with new board member

David Brant, Redflow David Brant, Redflow

Australian-listed energy storage company Redflow has strengthened its management ranks with the appointment of businessman David Brant to the company’s board.

Brant is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with more than two decades of manufacturing and corporate experience in Australia and Asia.

His previous roles include more than 20 years in senior management with Norgren, a manufacturer of automation equipment for a wide variety of industries, and as vice-president of Strategy and Corporate Development at Redflow, as well as running his own start-up energy storage business Energy365 from 2014 to 2017.

Brant has also worked as a management consultant and held directorships for organisations including affordable affordable housing provider Haven; Home, Safe, Nillumbik Health and Uniting Care Housing Victoria.

Redflow (ASX: RFX)  chairman Brett Johnson said Brant’s manufacturing expertise rounded out the board’s experience.

“We wanted someone with a contemporary manufacturing background who could bring that expertise to bear as we develop and grow our manufacturing capabilities," he said.

“David brings that experience along with an extensive background in international business and strategic planning.”

Brant said joining the Redflow Board fulfilled his ambition to support an Australian-based high-tech business that offered strong growth potential for the future. “I have a passionate interest in renewable energy, especially energy storage, which came from my earlier role with Redflow,” he said.

“I later started up my own energy storage business, which focussed on high-end battery installations for large residential and small commercial projects, so I bring to the table some hands-on experience in energy system deployment.

“I have a good understanding of modern manufacturing techniques and ‘Factory of the Future’ thinking, which I hope will assist Redflow to set the strategic direction for its manufacturing capacity.”

Redflow chief operating officer Richard Aird has also stepped down from the board to focus his attention on scaling up the company’s factory in Thailand and planning future manufacturing capabilities.

While Redflow’s factory in Thailand uses a flexible labour-intensive assembly process that can supply its current requirements, the company says it is committed to identifying and taking advantage of advanced automated manufacturing technologies that can scale up production as demand grows.

Johnson praised Aird’s contribution to the company as a director.

“We are enormously grateful to Richard for his role as a director of Redflow and we look forward to his ongoing contribution as chief operating officer,” he said.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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