Sep 10, 2019

Fresh round of State manufacturing grants open

Fresh round of State manufacturing grants open

Queensland manufacturers wanting to take their business to the next level are invited to apply for Round 3 of the $46 million Made in Queensland (MiQ) program.

In Far North Queensland for the inaugural South Pacific Defence and Industry Forum, State Development and Manufacturing Minister Cameron Dick said the MiQ funding was helping Queensland manufacturers transform and grow their business.

“Since 2017 we have supported around 75 projects, which will create more than 930 new jobs over the next five years and generate approximately $92 million in private sector investment,” Mr Dick said.

“Around 40 per cent of these projects are being delivered in regional Queensland.

“And more than half of these projects have already been finalised, generating 188 new jobs and more than $28 million in private sector investment.”

He said MiQ Round 3 would release an additional $6 million to help companies around the state innovate, expand, and provide jobs.

Mr Dick said Norship Marine, located in the Cairns shipyard, was a great MiQ success story for regional Queensland.

Norship Marine was awarded $117,500 through MiQ Round 1 to purchase industry-leading equipment to extend its maritime, advanced manufacturing and engineering capabilities, and advance its operations.

Norship Marine chief executive officer Olav Groot said the purchase of a CNC routing machine had allowed the business to streamline component manufacturing and vessel repair processes.

“It has given us the ability to service a broad range of industries across northern Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific,” he said.

“Previously, the manufacturing of components was done manually. With the new advanced machinery, naval architects can now design and draw up the components using high-tech software, and print the parts that will then be used on ships.

“The state-of-the-art robotic technology also created five new jobs in the company within one month of project completion, and will allow us to continue to invest in employment and skilling opportunities for locals.”

Expressions of Interest for MiQ Round 3 will close at 5pm, October 11, 2019. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a detailed application in November.

To submit an application, or to learn more about the program, visit the Made in Queensland website.

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