Three Darling Downs manufacturers secure $3.2m in Government funding

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Three manufacturers in Queensland’s Darling Downs have secured more than $3.2 million in combined funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s 46 million Made in Queensland (MiQ) grants program to create around 75 new jobs in the region over the next five years.

Wagners CFT Manufacturing at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport has received more than $2 million through MiQ, allowing them to invest in advanced robotics technology and waste-minimising lean production technics.

Orica Australia’s Helidon operations, meanwhile, secured $1,007,243 for robotics and automated soldering technology, while Millmerran ag business DA Hall & Co will use their $184,304 grant to purchase automated cleaning equipment that will slash collection time across their multiple farms.

Wagners CFT Manufacturing CEO Cameron Coleman said the funding will help the company enhance its productivity, profitability and international competitiveness, bringing more job opportunities up the range.

“Wagners CFT Manufacturing is a sophisticated world-leader in fibre composite design and development employing 119 staff. Our MiQ grants will help take our business to that next level,” Mr Coleman added.

In announcing the grant recipients, Minister for Manufacturing Cameron Dick said MiQ is helping local manufacturers expand, upskill and employ.

“Since 2017 the Palaszczuk Government has supported around 75 projects across Queensland through MiQ,” Mr Dick said.

“The grants, which are matched by the manufacturers, will help create more than 930 new jobs over the next five years and are expected to generate approximately $92 million in private sector investment.”

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