TIQ will work alongside other agencies to support regional businesses through the new Townsville Manufacturing Hub, which opened on 9 September.

The $10 million hub, located at the TAFE Queensland Bohle campus, is expected to help boost the region’s manufacturing productivity and innovation.

The hub is a Queensland Government initiative established to bring local businesses, governments, economic development agencies and educational institutions together and set a path for regional manufacturing growth.

Director of TIQ’s Regional Network Denise Kreymborg said TIQ would support potential exporters who used the hub.

‘Our Regional Action Plan will provide an opportunity for the hub to connect with TIQ and support our clients,’ Ms Kreymborg said.

‘We’re also planning to roll out export and investment workshops that will be promoted through the hub.

‘And we’ll provide hub clients with access to our export and investment support programs.’

The Queensland Government has similar hubs planned for Cairns and Rockhampton as part of its Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

Local businesses in all 3 regions will be able to drop into the hubs and access streamlined help and advice in areas such as:

  • business development
  • skills development and training
  • advanced manufacturing.

The hubs are designed to help regional manufacturers maximise their potential and contribute even more to both local and Queensland economies.

Townsville businesses contributed $840 million to the Queensland economy in 2017–18.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.