More than $200,000 in funding fuels manufacturing growth in Brendale

Two Brendale manufacturers are leveraging new technology to create more jobs for Queenslanders after securing more than $200,000 in combined funding from the Palaszczuk Government.

Brendale harness and cable manufacturer Harnex have received $150,761, while just down the road Polytuff Automotive were awarded $50,125.

Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd said the $46 million Made in Queensland (MiQ) grants program was crucial to growing jobs in Moreton Bay industrial precincts.

“Harnex and Polytuff Automotive will increase their manufacturing agility and enhance their production output thanks to MiQ funding,” Ms Boyd said.

“What this means is more jobs for our community, more than 30 in total, while the confidence this growth gives to local industry will help attract more businesses north of the city.”

Harnex Director Hayley Cooper said the funding allowed them to install a state-of-the-art automatic crimping wire processor to increase their productivity.

“Our cable processing change over time has now been reduced by up to 85 per cent and capacity increased by 22 per cent,” Ms Cooper said.

Polytuff Automotive Managing Director Michael Stone said the company is the first polyurethane automotive aftermarket suspension bushing manufacturer in Australia to use their new customised advanced colour-changing technology.

“Changeover times of colour and hardness have reduced from six hours to three minutes, which has increased our manufacturing agility and allows us to respond to demands in colour changes and hardness as dictated by the market,” Mr Stone said.

Minister for Manufacturing Cameron Dick said MiQ is helping local manufacturers expand, upskill and employ.

“Since 2017 the Palaszczuk Government has supported around 75 projects across Queensland through MiQ,” Mr Dick said.

“The grants, which are matched by the manufacturers, will help create more than 930 new jobs over the next five years and are expected to generate approximately $92 million in private sector investment.”

Shortlisted applicants for MiQ Round 3 will be invited to submit detailed applications in November.

MiQ complements the Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan. To learn more visit the Made in Queensland webpage.

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