Gladstone manufacturer Berg Engineering has won $161,719 under the Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program towards advanced line boring capabilities.
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the funding would help Berg Engineering train and put on five new workers, as well as helping to drive business development.
“This will bring its total workforce to 56, which is a fantastic result especially considering the impact COVID-19 has had on Queensland,” he said.
Berg Engineering is a family-owned engineering business that was established in Brisbane in 1972 and commenced regional operations in Gladstone in 1995.
“Thanks to this funding, we can take our line boring capability to the next level and seek to enter new markets like defence, energy and mining,” owner and chief executive officer Derek Berg said.
“This equipment is part of our plan to transition to advanced manufacturing from its traditional practices, which is the direction we, and the entire industry, need to take.”
The company has invested about $4 million installing a Titan SC 40/50-4HY Double Column Vertical Boring & Turning Mill in a new purpose-built workshop.
Mr Butcher said the State Government’s $13.5 million Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program supported the regional manufacturing sector to implement and deliver world leading technologies, processes and practices.
“Financial assistance in the form of grants between $5,000 and $1 million is available to eligible businesses to help build their manufacturing capabilities through technology adoption, skills and training business development as well as services through the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub,” he said.
“Up to $4.5 million is available for each manufacturing hub to build the advanced manufacturing capability of the Cairns, Townsville and Central Queensland regions.”
MAIN page image: Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher with Berg Engineering chief executive officer Derek Berg at the Gladstone workshop.