FIVE manufacturing businesses on the Gold Coast are set to receive a major funding boost to help grow their businesses and support local jobs.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick made the announcement on Thursday, revealing the coast companies will receive a share in state government ‘Made in Queensland’ grants totaling more than $1.5 million.
“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.
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“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 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.
“Patterson Glass will use its grant 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.
According to company director Wendy Wheway, 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.
Mr Dick also paid a visit to Yatala’s Urban Turf Solutions, the sole producer of synthetic grass in Queensland, who is set to receive a $256,579 Made in Queensland grant.
It’s understood the company will use their grant to install a tufting machine to increase its manufacturing speed, capacity, reliability and product consistency, while significantly reducing waste and downtime.
The company will be the only manufacturer in the country to be operating the new automated tufting machine.
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.
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, while Ormeau’s Knotwood will used its $451,563 grant to source, install and commission advanced and automated vertical powder coating plant for aluminium extrusions.
The Gold Coast is Queensland’s top region outside Brisbane for manufacturing work, with around 21,400 people employed in the industry.