Funding in Gladstone for high-tech manufacturing and jobs

25 February 2021

Gladstone manufacturer Mecha – Engineered Mechanical Solutions has been awarded funding through the Regional Manufacturing Hubs Grants program to adopt world-leading technology and processes.

Gladstone manufacturer Mecha – Engineered Mechanical Solutions has been awarded funding through the Regional Manufacturing Hubs Grants program to adopt world-leading technology and processes.

Mecha will receive $243,605 from the $13.5 million program which provides an opportunity for it to undertake a rapid reverse engineering project allowing multiple organisations within the region to collaborate and reverse engineer parts on a large scale.

Mecha’s new advanced manufacturing equipment will include hand-held and in-situ 3D Laser scanners, a 3D printer for proto-typing, a holographic wall for design and display, and software to integrate and operate the equipment.

Through this Rapid Reverse Engineering system, Mecha will be able to manufacture plant and equipment spare right here in Central Queensland, retain local jobs and create new high-value roles.

The grant has enabled Mecha to protect 42 jobs through continuous improvement and create 2 new skilled jobs through the advanced technology.

The technology will create many more jobs for locals when it becomes broadly adopted in the very near future.

Gladstone will now become a home for a technology that opens up opportunities for manufacturing and engineering alike in ways not previously possible.

The $13.5 million Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program supports the regional manufacturing sector to implement and deliver world leading technologies, processes and practices. Financial assistance from $5,000 up to $1 million is available to eligible businesses.


Last updated: 25 Feb 2021