Made in Queensland
Made in Queensland (MIQ) is a $61.5 million Queensland Government program helping small and medium manufacturers to increase international competitiveness, productivity and innovation via the adoption of new technologies, and to generate high-skilled jobs for the future.
Since 2017, MIQ has supported 84 advanced manufacturing projects across the state. It is expected to create more than 1,100 jobs over 5 years and generate more than $100 million in private sector investment.
Of the 84 projects funded through MIQ, 40% are being delivered in regional Queensland, creating more than 380 jobs over the next 5 years.
The MIQ program is part of the Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan to support our manufacturers.
Made in Queensland Round 4
Initial applications (Stage 1) for Round 4 of the MIQ program closed on 20 May 2021.
Eligible manufacturers were invited to apply for grants between $50,000 and $2.5 million with matched funding to increase their productivity and international competitiveness by adopting innovative processes and technologies.
To further advance our vision of being Australia’s leading manufacturing state, manufacturers operating in Queensland looking to reshore or onshore manufacturing activities to Queensland were encouraged to apply.
The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water is now reviewing initial applications to select those that will be invited to submit a detailed application (Stage 2).
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Bridging the gap to global business
Founded in 2002, Wagners Composite Fiber Technologies (CFT) manufactures a composite fiber material for use in the civil engineering construction industry. As a newly floated public company, Wagners CFT sought to expand and increase demand for custom built product by exploring infrastructure markets in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
From small beginnings, Wagners CFT’s growth went into high gear in 2018 when – with the support from Made in Queensland – they were able to grow from supplying Australia to supplying the world. With 100 staff, Wagners CFT is a sophisticated world leader in fibre composite design and development and with future growth, the company expects to create more than 50 new jobs over five years, and enhance productivity, profitability and its competitive potential.
Packer Leather Pty Ltd is a fifth-generation family business based in Narangba. Established in 1891, the company is internationally-recognised as a leading supplier of custom-made performance leather and was named Queensland’s Exporter of the Year in 2015. Through the company’s research and delivery capabilities, their leather products can be customised by colour, finish and technical attributes, tailored to suit specialised applications. Exporting over 250,000 square metres of performance leather annually, they supply a large range of global brands.
Packer Leather was awarded a Made In Queensland grant to install an advanced manufacturing system, automated batching system and a rapid pattern press to reduce production and prototyping lead times whilst maintaining product quality. The Queensland Government grant has enabled the company to invest in the latest manufacturing equipment technology to support their export growth, improve energy efficiencies, train and retain highly-skilled staff and importantly, maintaining exceptional product quality.
Urban Turf Solutions
Based on the Gold Coast, Urban Turf Solutions is Queensland’s only synthetic grass manufacturer, and the only privately-owned producer in Australia. Specialising in research, design and manufacture of more than 40 varieties of high quality, synthetic turf, their product has an extensive range of applications, from sporting fields, backyards to playgrounds.
With their awarded Queensland Government Made in Queensland grant, the company expanded their capability, installing a tufting machine to increase speed, capacity, relatability and product consistency, while concurrently reducing waste and operational downtime. Their new equipment and integrated software significantly expanded Urban Turf Solutions’ production capacity and facilitated the growth of their workforce to meet increased demand for their niche turf products.
Last updated: 21 May 2021