New Holcim factory opens in Ipswich

Ipswich’s
manufacturing sector has grown with yesterday’s opening of a new Holcim
plant.

Holcim, a maker of construction products, has been operating in Australia since 1901, and claims over 200 concrete plants around the country, as well as 900 mixer trucks and 88 quarry sites.

The
Queensland Times reports that the 14-hectare, $80 million plant is part of a
strong industrial sector in the city, which competed for other sites to get the
facility built at Swanbank Enterprise Park.

“There was
three options,”  the city’s mayor, Paul
Pisasale, told the Times.

“The
collaborative efforts between Holcim Australia and council to deliver this
project have been phenomenal and it just goes to show what all levels of
government and businesses can do when they work together.

“Jobs are the
heart of every community and with 14 industry parks across our city, Ipswich is
well and truly open for business.”

According to a
statement by Bob Baldwin, parliamentary secretary to the industry minister, the
region has already seen $100 million of benefit from the project, which showed
there was still confidence in the Australian economy.

“While the sector is facing
challenges and is undergoing a transformation, there are fundamental strengths
in Australian industry,” he said in a statement.

The
factory will produce Holcim’s Humes branded products, including concrete pipes
and structural pre-cast concrete.