Gladstone steel manufacturer GMG ready to expand national footprint


Gladstone manufacturer Global Manufacturing Group (GMG) is set to ramp up production, take on more clients and accelerate export plans thanks to $257,167 from the Queensland Government’s Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program.

GMG General Manager Alan Watkin said the company used the funding to purchase a new CNC bevel plasma-cutting machine for its Gladstone site.

“With this new technology, the Gladstone site will be more efficient and competitive in regards to pipe processing and spooling,” Mr Watkin said.

“The CNC plasma cutter will help in our plans to expand our national footprint and international export opportunities to supply quality piping products.

“With increased capability, we will be able to bid on large local and national projects. With the elimination of manual handling for the processes we will use the CNC plasma cutter for, we’ll increase output by 60% and have a safer workplace.”

Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the grant will allow GMG to put on six new workers and expand their business.

“We’re doing this through initiatives like the Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program – to take Queensland manufacturers to the next level as we Unite and Recover for Queensland jobs now, but most importantly, jobs of the future,” the Minister added.

“This is great news for the local manufacturing industry.”

GMG – which operates from two sites; Maryborough and Central QLD – has been servicing the local Gladstone regions refineries, marine, construction, rail and defence sectors since 1990.

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