Boost for regional manufacturing jobs
Mackay-based conveyor specialists Diacon Australia and Toowoomba’s Direct Injection Systems are among those receiving $100,000 grants under the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund.
Chinchilla-based resources sector service provider the RiE Group will also benefit from a $100,000 grant towards upgrades including setting up a mobile well service and a calibrations laboratory for the Roma area.
Norship Marine in Cairns has won a $100,000 grant for a $259,820 project to add a state-of-the-art CNC lathe to the business.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the support from the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund came at an incredibly important time for the local manufacturing sector.
He said the investment would allow Norship Maine to undertake more advanced manufacturing and undertake more complex project work.
“This investment will not only strengthen this business and create local jobs, it will provide a much-needed confidence boost for the whole region as we face this unprecedented pandemic.”
Nationwide the Federal Government is contributing $48.3 million towards 200 projects worth more than $215 million through the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund.
Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the job-creating investments couldn’t come at a better time, as the manufacturing sector grapples with COVID-19.
“More than 2,600 new jobs are expected to be created by these successful projects,” she said.
“We established the MMF before the coronavirus pandemic to help small and medium sized manufacturers invest in capital equipment and new technologies to transform and upgrade their manufacturing operations.
“Now as we face the coronavirus pandemic and look to come out the other side stronger, this investment will be more critical than ever.”
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