Manufacturing News

Advanced manufacturers are backed with $19M to boost production

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Leading advanced manufacturing companies such as aerospace composites maker, Quickstep Holdings, will boost production with backing from the Victorian state government.

The companies will provide a combined investment of $19 million, creating over 580 high-skilled local jobs and driving investment to key manufacturing hubs of Tullamarine, Campbellfield, Broadmeadows, Thomastown, and Preston.

Major companies expanding their operations include aerospace composites maker Quickstep Holdings, pillows and quilts manufacturer John Cotton Australia and dairy producer Picnic Dairy Foods.

John Cotton is establishing a new production line at its Campbellfield facility, increasing its capacity to 800,000 additional units each year and creating 30 new jobs.

Coolaroo-based Picnic Dairy Foods is scaling up production of its yogurt, cheese, drinks and spreads, creating 20 new jobs. Quickstep Holdings Limited is expanding its maintenance, repair and overhaul operations at Tullamarine, creating 67 new jobs.

Minister of Industry Support and Recovery, Ben Carroll said Melbourne’s outer north is an integral part of Victoria’s nation-leading advanced manufacturing industry.

“We’ll continue to support our local manufacturers to invest in making globally-competitive products in the region and generating secure jobs for Victorians,” he said.

Manufacturing is the largest industry in Melbourne’s outer north, with 3,700 manufacturers in the area, and supports over 43,000 jobs in the automotive, food processing and chemicals sectors.

Victoria’s manufacturing industry is worth $30 billion to the state’s economy each year and creates over 27 per cent of the country’s manufacturing output.

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