Hodgman Govt Supports Advanced Manufacturing Industry Association

Hodgman Govt Supports Advanced Manufacturing Industry Association

Tasmania Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff

Supporting Tasmania’s Advanced Manufacturing Sector And Jobs

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Liberal Government is helping to grow Tasmania’s advanced manufacturing sector so we can get more Tasmanians into jobs, Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff said.

“As Chair of the Caterpillar Taskforce, I was pleased to be involved in the development of a $3 Million package to create jobs in manufacturing following the Advanced Manufacturing Summit. Transition grants were provided to support 11 projects in the North and North West and around 117 new jobs.”

State Government has also contributed $400,000 towards the establishment of an Advanced Manufacturing peak industry association which is being administrated by the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council.

“Southern Prospect is a great example of the innovation and skills in Tasmania’s advanced manufacturing sector.” Deputy Premier Rockliff said.

“Southern Prospect is developing new co-generation mobile power units and other wind power generation products taking advantage of what is a rapidly growing sector of the energy industry.”

An example of this is the manufacturing and installing of custom-designed shipping containers to house Diesel Uninterruptible Power Supply (DUPS) units that are being installed on Flinders Island, to displace more than 60 % of the island’s diesel generated energy with renewable energy (the Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub Project).

“Hodgman Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Plan launched this year further demonstrates our commitment to grow this important sector.” Deputy Premier Rockliff said.

“It includes a Market Expansion Program which is encouraging business expansion and job creation in advanced manufacturing by providing a rebate to help offset the costs of marketing activities in national and international markets.”

State Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Growth Voucher System Program are also assisting manufacturing businesses to develop skills in their workforce and adopt cutting edge technologies.

“Establishment of the Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Burnie is another positive development for the industry.”

Advanced Manufacturing Plan complements the Our Fair Share of Defence strategy and supports opportunities in the defence sector, such as the Ready to Bid for Defence initiative to assist Tasmanian firms to develop skills to promote defence capabilities and attract defence investment as well as leverage off Tasmania’s Antarctic status.

“State Government is also providing opportunities for Tasmanian manufacturers through tenders, including the Metro bus tender to manufacture 100 buses.”

“Hodgman State Government will continue to deliver for the advanced manufacturing sector, assisting them to grow and create more jobs for Tasmanians.” Deputy Premier Rockliff said.