Evolve Group in Crestmead have been innovating and increasing their capabilities for years now, but this might be the most important move they’ve made.
They’re soon going to start production on N95 surgical masks for our frontline health workers 😷 and our government is proud to be working with them to help produce 60,000 masks a day out of their local facility.
We’ve also signed a contract to purchase these face masks for the next three years, to ensure our supply remains strong, and to create more #QLDjobs for people like Kylie here.
The value of Queensland manufacturing cannot be underestimated, and I congratulate Ty, Joe, and the entire Evolve team for rising when we need them most 👏🏼
Queensland manufacturers who are mobilising and repurposing to support the state during the COVID-19 crisis are being asked to share their inspiring stories as part of the #MakingItForQLD campaign.
Minister for Manufacturing Cameron Dick said the response from manufacturers and producers from all over Queensland was nothing short of amazing.
“Our mighty manufacturers have stepped up production, explored new ideas and are going above and beyond in the fight against coronavirus,” Mr Dick said.
“This includes companies that are doing everything they can to support the home-grown manufacturing of essential health care supplies such as face masks, hand sanitisers, gowns and ventilators.
“This is why we have today started the #MakingItForQLD campaign, to celebrate all the manufacturers who are leading the way during these uncertain times.
“We want to see all manufacturers big and small – food manufacturers, meat processors, clothes designers, builders on construction sites and baristas in cafés – showcasing the work they are doing to support Queenslanders as our state tackles this pandemic head-on.”
Mr Dick said Queensland manufacturers and producers are encouraged to take photos or video in front of their workplace, on the shop floor or with their products, holding a handwritten sign with the hashtag #MakingItForQLD.
“I’ve heard loud and clear that Queenslanders want to know more about what is being produced, created and manufactured in this state.
“#MakingItForQLD is a way to share and celebrate the things we make right here in Queensland.
“Stories like Beenleigh Rum, Australia’s oldest distillery, commencing the production of hand sanitiser and has arrangements to supply the Queensland Government to ensure we have a ready supply for schools and frontline workers.
“Bundaberg Rum moving ahead with the production of ethanol and donating 100,000 litres, enough to produce around 500,000 bottles, to the Queensland Government.
“Triple Eight Race Engineering joining the fight against COVID-19, developing a prototype ventilator of its own.
“So let’s tell Queenslanders – and the world – we’re #MakingItForQLD!”
QMI Solutions’ Executive Director Shay Chalmers said it has been impressive to watch the transformation of our manufacturing industry over the last few weeks.
“Queensland manufacturers have responded to the call for help and are demonstrating how agile they truly are. This crisis has highlighted the importance of local supply chains and how critical manufacturing is to our community.
“I encourage more of our manufacturers to share their retooling stories and show our community that the manufacturing industry is here to support you, no matter what!
“We are innovative, nimble and can respond rapidly to any challenge that comes our way,” Ms Chalmers said.
Mr Dick said the Queensland Government is also reaching out to manufacturers, suppliers and producers to identify supply chain gaps, to help keep production lines flowing and protect jobs.
“If you’re a manufacturer and need help with supply chain issues, we’ll work to connect you as quickly as possible with any new suppliers, producers and networks you may need,” Mr Dick said.
Manufacturers or businesses having difficulties accessing supplies please go to: qld.gov.au/qld-supplies
Suppliers able to help fill supply gaps register at the ICN Gateway here: qldcovid19.icn.org.au