April 29, 2020

The Morrison Government is backing two local companies in Wannon to modernise how they do business, as they grapple with the impact of the coronavirus.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the funding from the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF) for these two companies came at an incredibly important time for the local manufacturing sector.

Altair Aviation, Carpendeit will receive $99,550 for a $199,000 project that will install a 4-axis turning centre at their manufacturing facility, increasing their manufacturing capability, enabling them to perform more work on innovative differentials in-house.

Davidson Engineering, Wando Bridge will receive $100,000 for a $274,000 project that will upgrade the wire bending machine and increase production from 276 clips per hour to 3,000 clips per hour.

“The Morrison Government is committed to Australian manufacturing and supporting small and medium sized businesses like Altair Aviation and Davidson Engineering here in Wannon,” Mr Tehan said.

“This investment will not only strengthen these businesses and create jobs, it will provide a much needed confidence boost for the whole region as we face this unprecedented pandemic.”

200 projects worth more than $215 million dollars are being supported through the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF). The Federal Government is contributing $48.3 million.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the projects are expected to create 2,600 Australian jobs and were about preparing Australian manufacturing beyond COVID-19 and the challenges of today.

“We established the MMF before the coronavirus pandemic to help small and medium sized manufacturers invest in capital equipment and new technologies to transform and upgrade their manufacturing operations,” Minister Andrews said.

“Now as we face the coronavirus pandemic and look to come out the other side stronger, this investment will be more critical than ever.

“I am determined to further strengthen Australian manufacturing and the current pandemic gives us the opportunity as a nation to reassess and commit to the values of Australian-made goods.”

The MMF builds on other Federal Government investments in manufacturing growth and competitiveness, including the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, and the $40 million Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

For more information on the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund visit www.business.gov.au/MMF

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