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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt
    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    $7.6M drives manufacturing transformation

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    $7.6M drives manufacturing transformation

    The Palaszczuk Government has reaffirmed its commitment to protect and transform Queensland’s $20 billion manufacturing sector.

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham announced an extra $7.6 million as part of an Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap to help traditional manufacturers develop the job-generating advanced techniques required for future growth while touring electrical manufacturer NOJA Power at Murrarie.

    “This is a company that started work almost 15 years ago building circuit breakers, a classic example of traditional engineering,” Mr Pitt said.

    “Today, NOJA’s product range includes smartphone apps that allow workers for transmission companies to remotely control switches on power poles with WiFi.

    “This company has expanded its export market to 82 countries, and it is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medium voltage switch gear for power poles.

    “This local company is a great example of the potential for Queensland’s manufacturing sector.”

    Measures included in the roadmap:

    • $1.5m program of workshops on robotics and digital business capability
    • $550,000 for hacker/maker spaces to connect manufacturers with ideas and innovations
    • $700,000 for workshops to encourage manufacturers to use design and engineering analysis software, new materials and advanced manufacturing techniques 
    • $900,000 to improve manufacturers’ energy efficiency and produce stronger environmental outcomes
    • $250,000 to get more young people into manufacturing careers.

    “This is more good news for Queensland’s manufacturing sector,” said Mr Pitt.

    “Just yesterday, I announced the Palaszczuk Government would allocate $20 million over two years to the Made in Queensland Manufacturing Program, to help protecting traditional manufacturing jobs and lifting international competitiveness.

    “There is a lot of talk of the new economy and I know that some workers have concerns about what that means for the so called old economy.

    “I want to reassure any workers in traditional manufacturing industries that the Palaszczuk Government understands your concerns and that is why we made this election commitment, that’s why we’re allocating this $20 million and that’s why the Productivity Commission’s investigation is so important.”

    State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said grants between $50,000 and $2.5 million will be offered to Queensland-based manufacturers, with case management support and contributions from companies.

    “Manufacturers employed more than 169,700 workers in Queensland in the December quarter 2015 and contributed $20.3 billion to our economy in 2015-16,” Mr Lynham said.

    “Manufacturing is one of our traditional strengths that we want to expand to create new jobs and new products that can be sold into both local and export markets.

    “We have asked the Queensland Productivity Commission to examine ways to boost the sector, including the potential reshoring of activities that have been or may be at risk of moving offshore, and that report is due in August next year.

    “As our economy transitions from the resource investment boom, the Palaszczuk Government will continue to support all elements of our diverse economy to ensure no part of Queensland is left behind.”

    “Labor’s strategy is to make the state’s existing $20.3 billion sector more internationally competitive to create high-skill, highly-paid jobs of the future.

    “We want to see Queenslanders working in internationally competitive businesses that build on potentially disruptive technologies.

    “More Queensland businesses can use advanced materials, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, sensors, advanced automation and embedded electronics to produce customised products for the world.”

    Manufacturing is the fifth biggest contributor to the state’s economy and employs about 167,400 Queenslanders – 88 per cent of whom are full-time.

    The Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap is one of the six roadmaps being prepared under the Government’s $405 million Advance Queensland program.

    The roadmap and action plan released today targets three key areas to position Queensland as a leader in advanced manufacturing technologies, products, systems and services:

    • increasing productivity and international competitiveness by encouraging businesses to use new management and technical skills and new ways of developing products  
    • increasing innovative technologies and processes by raising manufacturers’ digital capability, and boosting collaboration between business and research organisations  
    • marketing Queensland’s advanced manufacturing expertise to open new markets and secure investment.

    Dr Lynham said the Made in Queensland initiative would operate in tandem with the action plan.  

    “The business improvement programs will identify how companies can make improvements. They may then be able to apply for matching Made in Queensland funding to upgrade employees’ skills, their technology or processes,” he said.

    Download the action plan at https://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/

    Treasurer’s Office: 0419 945 546

    Dr Lynham’s Office:   0439 341 314

     

    EDS:   Download high and low res advanced manufacturing photos and an image of the action plan’s cover page on theDepartment of State Development media centre.