Iplex Australia has marked the reopening of its polyethylene (PE) plant in Bohle, Townsville, and revealed it is vying for Carmichael coal project work.
The plant reopening comes after Iplex won the contract to supply
1.8 metre diameter GRP pipe for Stage 1 of Townsville’s Haughton Pipeline Duplication project, as well as responding to increased demands for polyethylene products in the region.
The company said work undertaken on the Haughton project had generated 30 jobs in Townsville.
Additionally, the re-opening of the PE plant has created 14 permanent positions in Bohle.
“Iplex has been in the local area for almost 40 years and is committed to the manufacture of products in Australia and investing into the region,” general manager Iplex Pipelines and Rocla Pipelines Nicole Sumich said.
“Together with the broader Fletcher Building family of businesses we employ over 40 people in Townsville and over 330 across the North Queensland Region.”
She said also Adani approvals for its Carmichael coal project had come at a beneficial time for the region.
Iplex had responded to a tender to produce 100km of PE pipeline, most of which would be produced at the Bohle Plant if Iplex were successful, she said.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said it was fantastic to see the flow-on employment benefits of the Haughton Pipeline Duplication project.
“The Queensland Government has invested $225 million to improve water security in Townsville,” he said.
“But just as significantly, we’ve invested in job-creating infrastructure, with new jobs created right here at Iplex and many more flow on-jobs for advanced manufacturers throughout the region.”