Gold Coast business Freedom Screens is set to employ 6 more staff and increase its export presence using a grant from the Queensland Government’s Made in Queensland program.
Made in Queensland offers matched grants to help Queensland’s manufacturing sector become more internationally competitive and adopt innovative processes and technologies.
Freedom Screens manufactures innovative retractable fly screens for doors and windows, and already has a significant export market.
Freedom Screens Australia General Manager Kathy Talbot said the Currumbin company would use its $105,680 grant to manufacture an integrated system to enhance adaptability for various door configurations.
She said the grant would also enable the company to build an automated test jig to improve quality assurance, widen its market share and hone its competitive edge.
‘It is anticipated this grant will allow Freedom Screens to put on another 6 jobs,’ Ms Talbot said.
‘We predict that most people doing builds and renovations will require a sleeker, more discrete look, which the new ZL2 integrated system will provide.
‘Freedom Screens currently exports to 7 countries and international sales are an ever-increasing part of our business.’
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Queensland Government was supporting the state’s manufacturing businesses to become more internationally competitive.
‘Our government is focused on driving the manufacturing industry forwards by supporting companies to be internationally competitive and to inject new innovation into their business,’ he said.
‘The Gold Coast is Queensland’s top region outside Brisbane for manufacturing work, with around 21,400 people employed in the industry, so we know this sector is an important economic contributor for this region.’
The Made in Queensland program offers matching grants of between $50,000 and $2.5 million to manufacturers looking to adopt innovative processes and technologies to generate highly skilled jobs and become more internationally competitive.
Manufacturers must go dollar-for-dollar with the government to fund business improvements.
Advanced manufacturing is one of the emerging export sectors identified in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.