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    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Funding boost for Gold Coast manufacturers

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    Funding boost for Gold Coast manufacturers

    The Gold Coast’s manufacturing industry is booming with five companies in the area set to receive Palaszczuk Government grants totalling more than $1.5 million to grow their businesses and support jobs.

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said manufacturing businesses were reaping the rewards of government support.

    “The manufacturing sector on and around the Gold Coast is taking off, and the backing of our government means the only way is up,” he said.

    “Our government is focused on driving the manufacturing industry forwards by supporting companies to be internationally competitive and to inject new innovation into their business, and this agenda is working wonders for businesses across the state, including on the Gold Coast and surrounds.

    “The Gold Coast is Queensland’s top region outside Brisbane for manufacturing work, with around 21,400 people employed in the industry, so we know this sector is an important economic contributor for this region.

    “We want manufacturing businesses in Queensland to think outside the square and set their sights on a promising future, and we are backing companies across the Coast to grasp this optimism and opportunity with both hands.”

    The Minister today visited Nerang glass and aluminium manufacturer Patterson Glass, which is using its $253,160 Made in Queensland grant to upgrade equipment and become more competitive in the market.

    “Glass and aluminium manufacturer Patterson Glass will use its $253,160grant to purchase four new pieces of equipment including a water jet, upright glass washer, automatic glass racking table and automatic glass-cutting table,” Mr Dick said.

    Patterson Glass Director Wendy Wheway said the new equipment will create a more effective racking system to enable more efficient and safer handling and management of glass sheets, as well as create 10 new jobs within the next two years.

    “The grant will provide our business with greater capacity to take on bigger projects and give us greater control of quality and output which will in turn create more opportunity for local jobs. This will make us more competitive in the international marketplace,” Ms Wheway said.

    “My parents set up this business in 1974 and took it as far as they could. It is still a family business and my brother, my husband and I want to honour the legacy left by our parents by growing this business to make our parents proud of what they began.”

    Mr Dick also paid a visit to Yatala’s Urban Turf Solutions, the sole producer of synthetic grass in Queensland, specialising in manufacturing, fitting and maintaining quality sporting surfaces.

    The company is set to upgrade its technology and create five new jobs thanks to a $256,579 Made in Queensland grant.

    Urban Turf Solutions will use this grant to install a tufting machine to increase its manufacturing speed, capacity, reliability and product consistency, while significantly reducing waste and downtime.

    “This superior equipment and its integrated software will significantly expand Urban Turf Solutions’ production capacity and enable the business to grow its workforce to 30, up from 25, by the end of this year,” he said.

    “The company will be the only manufacturer in the country to be operating this new automated tufting machine.”

    Urban Turf Solutions’ Managing Director Blair Slade-Jones said the Made in Queensland grant will enable the company to expand at a faster rate.

    “This will offer long-term secure employment as well as several indirect employment benefits,” Mr Slade-Jones said.

    “This world-class product will be manufactured in the most efficient manner at a global level.”

    Freedom Screens Australia’s General Manager Kathy Talbot said the Currumbin company will use its $105,680 grant to manufacture a ZL2 integrated system to enhance adaptability with varying door configurations and build an automated test jig to improve quality assurance, widen its market share and hone its competitive edge.

    “It is anticipated this grant will allow Freedom Screens to put on another six jobs,” Ms Talbot said.

    “We predict that most people doing builds and renovations will require a sleeker, more discrete look which the new ZL2 integrated system will provide.

    “Freedom Screens currently exports to seven countries and international sales are an ever-increasing part of our business.”

    Two other Gold Coast businesses, Geofabrics Australasia and aluminium manufacturer Knotwood, have also received grants from the program.

    Geofabrics, based at Ormeau, will use its $525,466 grant to install and commission new technology to increase automation and to upskill its Ormeau workforce in the programming, operation and maintenance of the new project equipment, and remove constraints to export market competitiveness and growth. This project is expected to create 12 jobs.

    Ormeau’s Knotwood has used its $451,563 grant to source, install and commission advanced and automated vertical powder coating plant for aluminium extrusions, which will reduce lead times by 82% and increase sales revenue, as well as creating three jobs.

    Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said: “These Gold Coast businesses are propelling forward with state-of-the-art equipment, they are improving their reputation in the manufacturing industry, and boosting their production capacity.

    “It’s a source of pride for me knowing that these manufacturing companies based in my local area are creating jobs for locals and innovating their businesses through the support of our government.

    “When these businesses grow and innovate, the whole community benefits, and I can’t wait to see what they will achieve next.”

    Mr Dick said Queensland’s manufacturing sector already employs 170,000 people, with around 36 more jobs in total on the way for these five companies on the Gold Coast and surrounds.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has a 10-year plan to transition the state’s manufacturing sector to more advanced manufacturing high-paid, knowledge-based jobs, and the achievements of businesses like those on the Gold Coast will help us realise that vision,” he said.

    The Made in Queensland program offers matching grants of between $50,000 and $2.5 million to manufacturers looking to adopt innovative processes and technologies to generate highly-skilled jobs and become more internationally competitive.

    Manufacturers must go dollar-for-dollar with the government to fund business improvements.

    The second round of the government’s $40 million Made in Queensland program opened in April and has since received 115 expressions of interest.

    The program complements the Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, which sets out a vision for an innovative, sustainable and globally recognised advanced manufacturing sector in Queensland by 2026.

    ENDS


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