Queensland Government fund to boost Far North manufacturers

11 June 2021

Regional manufacturing hubs are giving opportunities to regional businesses to become advanced manufacturers, grow their business and create jobs in the community.

Regional manufacturing is being boosted with three Far North Queensland manufacturers sharing over $930,000 via an advanced manufacturing grant program to adopt cutting-edge technology, grow their business and create local jobs.

The three regional companies are beneficiaries of the Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program, which is helping to create 142 jobs in regional Queensland over five years. Staff in the program will be working with manufacturers on their shop floors and in their supply chains to innovate, create a skilled workforce, and adopt world best practices.

Northern Chemicals

Cleaning product manufacturer Northern Chemicals will receive a $127,590 grant to install a 2,000 litre Ribbon Blender which will automate its chemical production line, increase supply, and allow the company to keep manufacturing and employ staff.

Northern Chemicals produces a well-respected brand of chemical products. During COVID-19 times, the company provided an essential service to many industries and the local community with the manufacture of hand sanitiser gel.

The grant has enabled Northern Chemicals to increase its workforce by two and they will be looking to further increase that number by a further two this year.

Status Signs

High-tech signage company Status Signs have received a grant of $134,461 to install a suite of equipment including a CNC routing machine with camera eye registration, CNC Cutting table and Laser Cutter, a UV Printer, and automated software.

Status Signs are looking to improve the company’s cost competitiveness, efficiency, and performance with the new equipment and software. The latest automated technology will help to employ five additional staff and provide upskilling opportunities to their current workforce. Quality and output will also be increased through the new automated system.

Atherton Metaland

Steel fabricating and shed building business, Atherton Metaland will receive a grant of $673,978 to purchase and install state-of-the-art machinery, specifically an all-in-one multitasking CNC beam line, so it can compete more effectively, increase market share, and enter a new market or export.

Locally owned and operated, Atherton Metaland, specialises in the design, supply and construction of small and large commercial and industrial structures, such as farm sheds and the hangars completed at Mareeba Airport and Herberton Fire Station.

The grant will help Atherton Metaland to transform current work practices into an advanced manufacturing enterprise which can service a greater area. Atherton Metaland are looking to increase staff numbers by up to 15 whilst also protecting the jobs of their current skilled staff.

Since January 2020 the Queensland Government has invested over $7 million in 25 regional manufacturers through the $13.5 million Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program.

The Cairns Manufacturing Hub alone has invested over $4 million in 13 companies, supporting the generation of 76 new jobs, whilst protecting 459 jobs.

Learn more about the regional manufacturing hubs.

Last updated: 11 Jun 2021