Manufacturing hub up and running in Mackay
The hub will provide support to manufacturers across the Mackay, Issac and Whitsunday regions and will link in with hubs in Townsville and Rockhampton.
Among the region’s manufacturers is Vayeron, which specialises in sensor technology and condition monitoring for the mining sector and has developed an automated sensor that sits within the rollers of conveyor belts.
Vayeron managing director Ryan Norris said the new hub would help develop the high-tech manufacturing segment of the industry through building the skills and knowledge base.
“The hub will also help with securing vital grants that help manufacturers like me increase capacity and capability, further improving our ability to connect with international markets,” he said.
Vayeron is expanding its production to include building electronic equipment from scratch, becoming the first manufacturer in Mackay to do so, and will export to South America and the US.
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher said the Mackay Manufacturing Hub was part of a $38.5 million investment into a state-wide network of hubs that provided expert advice and support.
“We already have a network of hubs in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Gladstone, and the Gold Coast, and now here in Mackay,” Mr Butcher said.
“The Palaszczuk government is committed to ensuring that manufacturing industry participants right across Queensland have what they need to develop next-generation expertise for the long-term.
“We’re continuing to invest to support our regional manufacturers thrive because they create long-term jobs and significantly contribute to the sustainable growth of our regional economies.”
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