The Queensland Government has established a networking group to help Ipswich manufacturers build new relationships, identify business partnerships and explore trade and investment opportunities.

The Ipswich and Surrounds Manufactures Networking Group is the result of combined efforts by TIQ and the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) which operate out of the same office space in Ipswich.

TIQ Principal Trade and Investment Officer in Ipswich, Julie Mark, said it was a great example of interdepartmental collaboration.

‘The TIQ Ipswich Office has been operational for 12 months and there are some truly amazing and diverse businesses in Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Scenic Rim.

‘TIQ and DSDMIP have joined forces to combine knowledge, contacts and resources to help as many companies as possible to take their businesses as far as possible.’

Earlier this week the group met at the RAAF Base Amberley to hear about opportunities in the defence and aviation sector.

‘The theme of this month’s meeting was defence and aerospace opportunities which tied in well with the recently launched Queensland Aerospace 10-year Roadmap and Action Plan developed by DSDMIP.

‘Interest in the group has been growing as word has spread so much so that we had to cap numbers at this week’s event,’ Ms Mark said.

‘This meeting looked at a number of exciting local opportunities for SMEs like the new $5 billion Rheinmetall Defence Australia contract but there are also many international opportunities where Queensland expertise is well regarded in the defence and aerospace industries.’