Hydraulics manufacturer ready for heavy lift in production

Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water The Honourable Glenn Butcher

Acacia Ridge manufacturer PTE Hydraulics is eyeing a lift in export opportunities thanks to a $350,000 grant from the Palaszczuk Government’s $46 million Made in Queensland program.

PTE Hydraulics – a hydraulic cylinder manufacturer – has been awarded of $358,870 from Round 3 of the program to purchase robotic automation cells.

MiQ provides matched funding to manufacturers looking to become more internationally competitive, adopt new innovative processes and technologies and create high-skilled jobs of the future.

Member for Stretton Duncan Pegg said the funding announcement was a welcome boost to the local manufacturing sector.

“This world-leading technology will allow PTE to create 22 new local jobs in the next five years, 10 of which are expected to be created within the first 12 months of project completion – so jobs right now when we need them most,” Mr Pegg said.

“PTE will invest $748,000 in two advanced robotic automation cells, a robot spline deburring cell with robot 3D simulation software and a twin station robot welding cell with vision system and robot weld programming software, for the manufacture of hydraulic rotary actuators.”

Minister for Manufacturing Glenn Butcher said through programs like MiQ the Palaszczuk Government was supporting manufacturers to be more internationally competitive, adopt new innovative processes and technologies and create high-skilled jobs of the future

Mr Butcher said the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of the Queensland manufacturing sector and its ability to respond to and address supply chain challenges.

“The Palaszczuk Government recognises the critical role our state’s manufacturing sector will play as we deliver Queensland’s economic plan to recover from the global COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Butcher said.

“Our government is committed to the ongoing transformation of the state’s manufacturing industry as it transitions to advanced manufacturing.”

PTE Hydraulics spokesperson Peter Harrison said the technologically advanced equipment would enable the company to expand their specialty product range and open up new domestic and international markets for the company.

“PTE was established in 1967 and has grown to become one of Australia’s largest specialist manufacturers of hydraulic cylinders,” Mr Harrison said.

“Introduction of advanced robotics supporting flexible manufacturing capability will allow us to continue to innovate and onshore the manufacture of our speciality products, supporting sustainable growth via market expansion.

“We are grateful for the support of the Queensland Government in assisting PTE to make this new project a reality.”

Made in Queensland complements the Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, which sets out a vision for an innovative, sustainable and globally recognised advanced manufacturing sector in Queensland by 2026.

Visit the Made in Queensland website at dsdmip.qld.gov.au/industry/priority-industries/advanced-manufacturing/made-in-qld.html

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