The Morrison Government is backing South Australian manufacturers to grow their businesses, create more jobs and compete internationally as part of its plan for a strong economy and a stronger future.
Seven innovative South Australian businesses will share in more than $48 million of funding through Round 2 of the Integration and Translation Streams of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative.
South Australian icon Bickford’s Australia will receive up to $2.95 million to establish a new manufacturing facility which will be dedicated to the production of highly sensitive beverage product categories such as dairy, electrolyte replenishment, prebiotics, protein milk and ready to feed baby formula
The new facility will significantly raise quality and material management standards to meet Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) requirements, upskill Bickford’s workforce and create new skilled employment opportunities. It will also increase Bickford’s demand for locally sourced raw materials and ingredients, providing benefits right across the supply chain.
Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said this funding would bolster the state’s thriving manufacturing sector and unlock further significant investment.
“South Australia has a long and proud history in manufacturing. This funding is a big win for jobs and another vote of confidence in South Australia’s advanced manufacturing capability,” Minister Taylor said.
“We are backing these businesses to turn good ideas into commercial success stories and build critical capability for the future. Our $2.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy is all about helping home-grown manufacturers break into new markets and turn innovative ideas into a reality.
“The election on May 21 will be a choice, between a Coalition Government which delivers a strong economy that enables investment in Australian manufacturing capability, or a Labor Government that will weaken the manufacturing sector by making Australia a harder place to do business with higher taxes and higher energy costs.”
Other business that will share in the funding include:
- Hallett Concrete will receive up to $20 million for a $109 million project to build an integrated green cement business, consisting of a slag granulating plant at Whyalla Steelworks, a grinding, processing and distribution hub at Port Augusta, and a product receival, blending and distribution hub at Port Adelaide. The project will take industrial waste products from three existing mineral processing operations into low carbon cement products, replace imports and secure low carbon cements for the Australian construction industry.
- Orora will receive up to $12.5 million to construct a new low carbon clean energy glass melting furnace to replace the current G3 glass gas/air red furnace. This project will be the first oxygen red glass furnace in Australia, create more than 150 new jobs and will deliver low carbon wine and beer glass containers to support the Australian food and beverage industry.
- Mayne Pharmaceuticals will receive up to $4.8 million to expand its advanced manufacturing capability and ensure the Salisbury site remains one of Australia’s leading solid oral dose manufacturing facilities. The project seeks to double the production of chronic pain medications such as Kapanol, boost encapsulation capacity from 56 million to 104 million doses per annum, and increase blister packaging capacity from 7.9 million to 21.3 million boxes per annum.
- Southern Launch will receive up to $4.95 million to develop a local facility in Adelaide to support the development of the AT Space rocket, extend test facility for the rocket testing and develop the orbital launch complex. It aims to attract foreign launch providers to Australia and grow the local supply chain. It will deliver a vertically integrated sovereign space launch capability within two years and create new mature value chains that do not currently exist in Australia.
- Inovor Technologies will receive up to $1 million to expand their current electronics test and integration labs and clean rooms to accommodate larger spacecraft as well as grow the batch manufacture of smaller cube satellites.
- Samuel Smith & Son will receive up to $2.1 million to adopt an in-house de-alcoholising system to produce and bottle low alcohol products to meet the rapidly increasing consumer demand in low alcohol/no alcohol wines and increase efficiencies for quality and cost for competitiveness in global supply chains. The project will also enable up to 50 smaller wineries to access the common user infrastructure through packaging operation technology.