The State Government has opened the Townsville Manufacturing Hub, one of three $10 million regional hubs to help boost manufacturing productivity and innovation.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Townsville Manufacturing Hub, located at the TAFE Queensland Bohle campus, delivered on a 2017 election promise and helped to progress the government’s Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.
“Townsville businesses are powering ahead when it comes to manufacturing, contributing $840 million to Queensland’s economy in 2017-18,” Mr Dick said.
“They are also providing more than seven per cent of jobs in the region, from areas such as metal production and food products, and we want to grow the sector even more.
“Through the hub, manufacturers will gain access to advice and support, including business development and training programs, and tailored workforce skills to improve their productivity and international competitiveness.
“The hub will promote collaboration between industry with vocational, tertiary and secondary education providers such as Tec-NQ, to ensure our next generation workforce has strong skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.”
Operations manager for Townsville laser cutting business NEM Group, Elara Hughes, said the hub was helping the company continue the transition into Industry 4.0 through process improvements and new qualifications for staff.
“The hub will provide exciting opportunities for other regional manufacturers looking for support,” Ms Hughes said.
“I see a lot of value in creating a strong and collaborative ecosystem to lift industry’s capability and develop regional manufacturing.”
Regional manufacturing hubs are also located in Cairns and Rockhampton. Each is supported by a hub coordinator, a skills development and training officer and a project support officer working out of the region.
To contact the Townsville hub email email@example.com.