Minister for Defence Industry & Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science - $15.4 million boost for next generation manufacturing in South Australia

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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP

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25 August 2016

Nine manufacturers in South Australia will share in $15.4 million to boost their high value manufacturing capability as part of the Turnbull Government’s $90 million Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme.

The second round of funding under the programme will help firms in South Australia and Victoria to undertake capital projects to support technological innovation, expand capability and develop state-of-the-art processes and equipment.

A complementary investment of $104.5 million from the firms will result in a $136 million injection to the manufacturing sector across both states, delivering strong economic benefits and creating over 500 jobs.

Funded projects will boost advanced manufacturing capabilities across several industries including the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, precision engineering and tooling, industrial textiles and engineered timber building products.

These grants will support businesses to invest in their future by developing innovative new processes and cutting-edge equipment.

The $90 million Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme is a key part of the Australian Government’s $155 million Growth Fund to assist employees, businesses and regions affected by the closure of Australia’s car manufacturing industry by 2017.

Thirteen Victorian firms will also be offered total funding of $16.2 million, which is expected to leverage more than $78 million in investment.

Round 1 of the programme invested $55.5 million in 26 firms in South Australia and Victoria for projects with a total investment of $146.8 million.

The full details of Round 2 recipients of the Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme are available at

South Australia grant recipients

Applicant Organisation Grant Project Description
Ellex Medical Pty Ltd $2,500,000 Ellex Medical Pty Ltd will invest in advanced equipment and systems as part of an expansion of its ophthalmic medical device manufacturing capacity, also involving relocation from Adelaide, SA to new premises in Salisbury, SA.

Pfitzner Performance Gearbox Pty Ltd


$719,273 Pfitzner Performance Gearbox Pty Ltd will invest in multi-functional machining centres for high performance gearbox manufacturing at its facility in Green Fields, SA.

LaserBond Ltd


$1,072,873 LaserBond Ltd will establish an advanced robotic laser additive manufacturing facility for the production of innovative mineral extraction tool system (METS) products at its premises in Cavan, SA.

The Green Dispensary Pty Ltd


$2,000,000 The Green Dispensary Pty Ltd will expand its production capability of custom medicines and pharmaceuticals through investment in new plant and equipment and related building modifications at Norwood and St Peters, SA.

Precise Plastic Tooling Pty Ltd


$545,000 Precise Plastic Tooling Pty Ltd will install new machinery and equipment at its premises in Edwardstown SA, to provide precision machining and manufacturing services to the medical, electronic, sustainability and associated advanced manufacturing sectors.

Bickford's Australia Pty Ltd as Trustee for Bickfords Australia Unit Trust


$2,500,000 Bickford’s Australia Pty Ltd will establish an Ultra-Clean beverage manufacturing line at its premises in Salisbury South, SA, supporting highly flexible manufacturing operations and innovative beverage and packaging options.

Redarc Electronics Pty Ltd as Trustee for Redarc Trust


$2,500,000 Redarc Electronics Pty Ltd will undertake a capital expansion program at Lonsdale, SA, to expand its capacity and capability in electronic power management and control systems, penetrate identified export markets and diversify into the domestic defence and medical industries.

Scholle IPN Pty Ltd


$1,100,046 Scholle IPN Pty Ltd will invest in advanced manufacturing equipment to provide retail packaging and laminating capability and allow it to supply domestic and export markets with innovative, high performance packaging solutions for the food and beverage sector from its facility in Edinburgh North, SA.

Seeley International Pty Ltd


$2,499,597 Seeley International Pty Ltd will invest in advanced manufacturing processes to increase capacity and improve the efficiency of its production of evaporative coolers and Climate Wizard air conditioners at its facility in Lonsdale, SA.
Total $15,436,789  

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