Race Dental abandons Woodstock lab plans

Managing director of Race Dental, Brad Race, says a lack of Federal Government regulation means the Woodstock lab is unviable.

This week Race Dental announced publicly what many in the Cowra Shire had long-suspected: that it was abandoning plans to establish a laboratory at Woodstock. Announced with much fanfare back at the end of 2010, a statement issued from Cowra Shire Council just after 4pm last Friday said it’s efforts to help establish a production-based dental laboratory at Woodstock were acknowledged in a letter from the production company but Council was now advised the project was doomed.

According to Cowra Council’s statement, Race Dental had established a pilot hi-tech denture manufacturing laboratory facility at the rear of the Woodstock Hotel and were in the process of developing fully the old Woodstock Silo site, but a mixture of factors including an inability to attract specialist staff, withdrawal of Federal Government funding, and power and internet issues, has seen the project terminated.

The managing director of Race Dental, Brad Race, told the ABC the company thought being located in the central west would be cheaper and offer a competitive advantage, but a lack of Federal Government regulation means it is unviable.
 “The dental prosthesis that we make can also come in from China unregulated,” he said.

“So where they’re manufacturing crowns in China for you know $7-$10 and selling into the Australian market for $20 odd we can’t even buy the products we need to make these teeth at the cost they can import the finished device.”

Mr Race says the economic downturn and an inability to attract specialist staff have also affected the plans. 
”I suppose we got some bad advice in the early stages of the projects when we were told there was sufficient infrastructure where we wanted to develop and it turned out that wasn’t the case.

Poor electricity supply is among the factors for the plant being abandoned.

“When we looked at upgrading the power into Woodstock it left us with another $800,000 black hole in the budget.”

Mr Race said that, despite the setback, the company had other ongoing investments in the Shire: “We will continue to develop our other interests in the region in the farming and hospitality sectors.

“The renovation of the hotel at Woodstock was on hold intending to run in tandem with the silo development, but has now recommenced. Continued investment in farming in the region remains a desire of the family and it is hoped that we may be able to revisit manufacturing options at some point in the future,” Mr Race said.



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  1. I find it very interesting that no one has commented on the Chinese import subject this has great ramifications for denitsts and technicians in Australia and lets not forget the poor old patient in this equation who doesnt know what they are getting.`You cant even buy a prawn at the supermarket without knowing where it comes from but you can put a crown from anywhere in and not have to inform the patient its a big double standard and until that changes no one will take the profession seriously.


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