The federal government has awarded 15 Australian manufacturers a total of $ 7.1 million to help them bring products to market, with NSW projects accounting for nearly half of the initiatives funded.
Projects have received grants of up to $ 1 million on a co-funding basis, with government funding representing no more than half of the total project costs, and must fall within one of six manufacturing areas. government priorities.
Recipients of tranches two and three of the Government Marketing Fund were announced on Tuesday by Industry Minister Christian Porter and include ultra-efficient heating and cooling systems, fuel cells, a fuel scoring device, brain damage and portable x-ray imaging technology.
“These grants will allow companies to undertake further research and development, improve engineering and design elements, and invest in new technologies so that they can scale up their operations and bring their products to market.” , said Minister Porter.
“By providing the right economic conditions for manufacturers to secure new investment opportunities and realize their potential, the government is also strengthening Australia’s global competitiveness and creating new local jobs.
The company that has received the most government funding in recent rounds was Adelaide-based air conditioner manufacturer Seeley International. It received a $ 1 million grant for a $ 2.6 million project for an Australia-based heating and cooling unit manufacturing line.
The company released a gas heater in 2015, which was criticized by dealers and regularly malfunctioned. The units had to be repaired at a significant cost to the company, which successfully sued a parts maker for the incident and received $ 13 million in damages last month.
Its federal funding will go towards the design and development of an “ultra-high efficiency rooftop heating, ventilation and cooling unit”.
Marketing funding comes from the federal government‘s $ 30 million Commercialization Fund, which is administered by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Center (AMGC) in conjunction with the other five industry growth centers and the CSIRO.
Projects must fall within the government’s six priority manufacturing areas, which underpin the $ 1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative. The areas are medical products, food and beverage, resource technology and critical mineral processing, recycling and clean energy, defense and space.
The last 15 co-financed projects represent a total investment of $ 25.1 million, of which 70 percent of the total funds ($ 17.95 million) come from the manufacturing industry and the rest ($ 7.16 million) come from of the Marketing Fund.
AMGC has released the following full list of recipients in recent rounds:
- Nedstack Australia (NSW) – Clean Energy – Development of a commercial prototype of Australia’s first large-scale PEM fuel cell harnessing the Australian supply chain in collaboration with LAVO. Total project commitment $ 3.56 million (grant fund of $ 825,000)
- Seeley International (SA) – Clean Energy – Accelerated design and development of an Australia-based manufacturing line for an ultra-high efficiency rooftop heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) unit. Total project commitment $ 2.64 million (grant fund of $ 1.0 million)
- Energy renaissance (NSW) – Clean Energy – Support for process, technology and workforce skills at a pilot lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant to prepare for full deployment of the facility. Total project commitment $ 1.48 million (grant fund of $ 525,072)
- ActionLaser (NSW) – Recycling – Funding to establish Australian manufacturing capacity for filters used in polymer recycling, replacing current imported products. Total project commitment $ 1.3 million (grant fund of $ 558,500)
- Boost the energy (NSW) – Clean Energy – Deliver Australia’s first cost-effective solar storage product designed for Australia’s climate, remoteness, bushfire risk and coastal living conditions. Total project commitment $ 1.24 million ($ 487,500 in grants)
- Micro-X (SA) – Medical – Development of an ultralight mobile X-ray cart system for use in outdoor clinical or veterinary environments. Total project commitment $ 1.17 million (grant fund of $ 525,072)
- Additive insurance (VIC) – Defense – Marketing of a new quality assurance system for additive manufacturing by powder bed fusion. Total project commitment $ 1.1 million (grant fund of $ 546,000)
- Hone (Rapid phenotyping) (NSW) – Food and Beverage – Commercialization of a portable device to measure the protein content of grains, to help determine the quality of raw materials in grain supply chains, for example high protein grains or low in gluten for food production. Total project commitment $ 1.0 million (500,938 grant funds)
- HeadsafeIP (NSW) – Medical – Manufacture of Nurochek: a rapid and portable medical device for objective assessment of brain damage. Total project commitment $ 895,000 (grant fund of $ 447,500)
- carbonTRACK (VIC) – Clean Energy – Development and commercialization of a consumer smart gateway (cellular device and Wi-Fi) to monitor and control renewable energy assets and electronic devices. The product maximizes energy efficiency while minimizing costs and CO2 emissions and supports virtual power plants, virtual energy grids and energy trading. Total project commitment $ 877,000 (grant fund of $ 428,500)
- Hydrogen Technology Holdings (QLD) – Food and Beverage – Develop a ready-to-use hydrogenated water infusion machine to extend the lifespan, health and market value of wild caught and commercially farmed fish. Total project commitment $ 787,198 (grant funds of $ 371,599)
- ZellaDC (WA) – Resource Technology and Critical Mineral Processing – Development of a next generation micro data center, using new lightweight and flame retardant materials to deliver design, scalability and power efficiency gains. The program will also replace materials currently imported into Australia. Total project commitment $ 813,100 ($ 406,550 in grant funds)
- SBN technology (VIC) – Medical – Development and commercialization of AxIT Rehab, a medical grade strength assessment system specifically for rehabilitation. Total project commitment $ 528,000 (grant fund of $ 239,000)
- Bestie Kitchen (NSW) – Food and Beverage – Marketing and launch of nutraceutical chewing gums for cats and dogs, supported by a holistic health and wellness app. Total project commitment $ 344,850 (grant funds of $ 149,925)
- Pryde manufacturing (QLD) – Recycling – Establish a manufacturing facility to manufacture “J-poles” of bus shelters from recycled plastic, currently made from steel, to reduce corrosion issues and maintenance costs, while tackling plastic waste. Total project commitment $ 200,000 (grant fund of $ 100,000)
The Marketing Fund has now funded 21 projects.
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