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Made in Queensland

The Made in Queensland (MIQ) program is a Queensland Government initiative supporting small to medium manufacturers 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 undertaken three rounds supporting 85 advanced manufacturing projects across the state.

These projects are expected to create more than 1,100 jobs over five years and generate more than $100 million in private sector investment.

Made in Queensland grants are open to small to medium sized manufacturers  across Queensland, with 40 per cent of the 85 projects being delivered in regional Queensland which will create more than 380 jobs over the next five years.

The Queensland Government has committed a further $15.5 million to undertake a fourth round of the program.  Guidelines and eligibility requirements are under development.

The MIQ program complements the Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

Please note: the total value of all MIQ grants received by any one entity (including the entity's associated entities) across all rounds of the MIQ program must not exceed $2.5 million.

Success stories

Packer Leather

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.

Pixie Ice Cream

Pixie Ice Cream is a large-scale manufacturer of premium ice creams based in Toowoomba, producing superior ice cream using rich, Darling Downs milk and supporting other local industries where possible. After receiving support through the Made In Queensland grant program, the company has implemented significant technology upgrades, enabling them to become more internationally-competitive.

Their grant has been used to install automated collation and boxing equipment in their facility, resulting in significant cost savings and increased operational efficiencies, enabling Pixie to increase their format offering in order to help with market-entries in to Asia-Pacific markets. While efficiencies have improved, this new technology and automation will not negatively impact employment. The company is in fact increasing its workforce in combination with upskilling the team with industry recognised training to meet increased demand and enhanced export opportunities.

Last updated: Friday, Jan 17, 2020