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Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund
Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund will be investing in capital projects to expand or establish manufacturing operations in South Australia or Victoria.
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund supports capital projects to establish and expand advanced manufacturing activities in Victoria and South Australia. The program aims to transition the manufacturing sector and improve the overall efficiency and competitiveness of firms and the broader economy.
This program has now been superseded by the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund
In November 2015, Bulletpoint assisted Harry & Larry’s Ice-cream secure $1,200,000. Based in Brunswick, Harry & Larry’s manufacture a range of specialty ice creams.
The grant will see 30 new jobs created and investment in a factory expansion with custom engineered production lines, including the latest freezing technology, to make a range of gourmet ice creams and desserts in complex shapes and layers.
In March 2014, Bulletpoint assisted Cottage Cheese Farm secure $765,000 through the Melbourne North Innovation and Investment Fund.
Based in Glenroy, Victoria, Cottage Cheese Farm is a speciality cheese manufacturer making mainly Haloumi, Ricotta and Mozzarella cheeses.
They received funding to assist with construction of a $6M purpose built cheese and yoghurt manufacturing facility. The project will allow them to expand current operations and introduction of new product lines.
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund aims to support the Australian Government’s commitment to promoting Australia’s competitiveness and productivity, including facilitating a strong manufacturing industry which exploits domestic competitive advantages.
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund will support the Australian Government’s goal by funding capital projects that aim to:
- accelerate private sector investment in areas of high value manufacturing in Victoria and South Australia, and;
- assist firms to build scale and capability and be competitive in new or growing markets.
Grants will include support for small and medium-sized firms that have demonstrated capability to access and capture marketing opportunities.
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund provides grants ranging from $500,000 to $2.5 million with grant funding of up to one third of eligible project costs. $47.5 million of new funding committed is committed over 2 years.
To be eligible you must:
- be a small or medium enterprise (SME) with up to 199 full time equivalent employees
- be an entity incorporated in Australia
- engage in trading activities that:
- form a sufficiently significant proportion of its overall activities; or
- are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
In order for a project to be considered eligible for the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund, the project must:
- have at least $1.5 million in Eligible Expenditure a
- take place at a manufacturing site based in South Australia or Victoria; and
- not involve the movement of business activity from other areas of Australia to Victoria or South Australia.
For the purposes of an Applicant’s Application, the maximum Project duration is three years from the Project commencement date as set out in the Funding Agreement. There is no minimum Project duration.
The Programme Delegate may consider requests that extend the Eligible Project duration after a Grantee has entered into a Funding Agreement with the Australian Government as represented by the Department.
Projects may include activities at multiple sites, provided the sites are in the same State and the activities are part of the same Project.
Eligible Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund activities include:
- acquisition, installation, construction and commissioning of new machinery and equipment;
- fit out, alterations and/or extensions to existing premises related to the new machinery or equipment acquired through the Project; and
- training directly related to the use and maintenance of any new equipment or machinery to be acquired through the Project.
Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.
The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.
Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.
Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation. We are an independent grants consultancy and not affiliated, associated nor endorsed by any government agency.
We know what it takes to secure this grant.
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Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund applications close 28 February 2018
Round 3 Recipients
Round 2 Recipients
The list of grant recipients that have been offered funding for the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund (AMGF).
|Recipient Organisation||Project Description||Grant
|Expected Total Investment
|Bickford’s Australia Pty Ltd as trustee for the Bickford’s Australia Unit Trust||Bickford’s Group Liquid Processing Plant Capability Project||$987,520||$2,962,560||Salisbury South, SA, 5106|
|BNNT Technology Limited||Build the world’s first commercial scale Boron Nitride Nanotube plant||$1,400,000||$4,339,500||Waurn Ponds, VIC, 3216|
|Carbon Revolution Operations Pty Ltd||Automated Rim Layup Project||$946,200||$2,838,600||Waurn Ponds, VIC, 3216|
|Coolon Pty Ltd||Automating the production of world-first heavy-duty LED drivers||$618,520||$1,855,561||Hallam, VIC, 3803|
|DefendTex Pty Ltd||Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Electronics Fabrication Facility||$500,000||$1,670,000||Dandenong South, VIC, 3175|
|Derwent Industries Pty Ltd||Derwent Industries Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 solution for the production of metal products for the water industry||$2,200,000||$12,296,376||Barnawartha North, VIC, 3691|
|Footers Pty Ltd as trustee for Footersville Trust||Disruptive Advancement in Housing Construction||$1,086,568||$3,259,703||Edinburgh Parks, SA, 5111|
|GreyScan Pty Ltd||GreyScan – Inorganic explosive trace detector||$1,189,352||$3,568,056||Richmond, VIC, 3121|
|Harrop Engineering Australia Pty Ltd||Driveline and Induction Innovation for Global Vehicle Platforms||$999,331||$2,997,992||Preston, VIC, 3072|
|Magic Seal Victoria Pty Ltd as trustee for the P&B Turner Family Trust||Digital Transformation of Manufacturing Processes||$1,718,761||$5,156,800||Braeside, VIC, 3195|
|Metrix Group Pty Ltd as trustee for the Quantum Innovation Unit Trust||Industry 4.0 technology to manufacture 3D architectural products||$594,000||$1,800,000||Bayswater, VIC, 3153|
|Micro-X Ltd||Core Technology Imaging Systems manufacture||$2,410,460||$7,231,380||Clovelly Park, SA, 5042|
|Rutra Pty Ltd||Digital Manufacturing Through Additive Manufacturing||$667,278||$2,022,054||Keysborough, VIC, 3173|
|Tarac Technologies Pty Ltd||Grape marc washing for production of export tartrates||$800,000||$2,400,000||Nuriootpa, SA, 5355|
|Textor Technologies Pty Ltd||Next Generation Composite Materials||$2,500,000||$10,034,321||Tullamarine, VIC, 3043|
Round 1 Recipients
|Recipient Organisation||Project Description||Grant
|Expected Total Investment
|3DMEDiTech Pty Ltd||JV with Ivoclar Vivadent Ltd To Manufacture Dental Aligners||$2,500,000||$15,156,028||Port Melbourne, VIC, 3207|
|Air-Radiators Pty Ltd||Finnovation: The Next Generation of Heavy Duty Radiators||$1,848,506||$5,545,517||Lara, VIC, 3212|
|ATi Implants Pty Ltd||National Dental Implant & Prosthetics Manufacturing Hub of Excellence||$1,500,000||$5,353,427||North Adelaide, SA, 5006|
|Boundary Bend Olives Pty Ltd||Olive nutraceutical ingredient extraction facility||$812,322||$2,436,966||Boundary Bend, VIC, 3599|
|C.N.C. Design Pty Ltd||VSF 315 Additive Manufacturing Plant||$549,450||$1,650,000||Nunawading, VIC, 3131|
|Calix Ltd||THE e-CALCINER for Nano-Active Materials||$809,757||$2,691,233||Maddingley, VIC, 3340|
|Carbon Revolution Operations Pty Ltd||Development of High-Volume Moulding Process for CF wheel manufacture||$2,500,000||$8,411,988||Waurn Ponds, VIC, 3216|
|Codan Limited||Surface Mount Technology Advanced Manufacturing Production Line||$528,333||$1,585,000||Mawson Lakes, SA, 5095|
|Cylite Pty Ltd||Anterior Insight Manufacturing Ramp||$739,000||$2,217,000||Notting Hill, VIC, 3168|
|DorsaVi Ltd||Scaling dorsaVi’s Manufacturing Capacity for Growth and Export||$1,104,332||$3,312,996||East Melbourne, VIC, 3002|
|Flat Glass Industries Pty Ltd||Developing advanced architectural glass manufacturing capabilities||$2,500,000||$7,574,051||Geelong North, VIC, 3215|
|FMP Group (Australia) Pty Limited||Advanced Friction Automation Technology||$1,497,786||$4,493,358||Ballarat, VIC, 3350|
|LeMond Composites Pty Ltd||Design and build of Australia’s first industrial Carbon Fibre line||$2,500,000||$24,954,321||Waurn Ponds, VIC, 3216|
|Levett Engineering Pty Ltd||Project Jet: expansion of manufacturing capacity||$753,000||$2,260,000||Elizabeth South, SA, 5112|
|Mercedes Packaging Pty Ltd||Digital Manufacturing Transformation & Turnkey assist SME Exporters||$517,500||$1,725,000||Dandenong South, VIC, 3175|
|MiniFAB (Aust) Pty Ltd||Advanced GMP Manufacture of Polymer Microfluidic Devices||$1,297,000||$3,932,000||Scoresby, VIC, 3179|
|Nissan Casting Australia Pty Ltd||Enabling Production of Next Generation EV Parts for the Global Market||$2,500,000||$8,015,000||Dandenong South, VIC, 3175|
|REDARC Electronics Pty Ltd||REDARC Defence Diversification||$556,204||$1,854,013||Lonsdale, SA, 5160|
|Somark Group Limited||Improving preclinical research outcomes||$2,442,116||$7,326,348||Tonsley, SA, 5042|
|Sypharma Pty Ltd||Advanced Manufacturing to achieve Human IV fluid supply||$2,500,000||$8,516,771||Dandenong South, VIC, 3175|
South Australian company Micro-X has signed a contract with Thales Group to develop its mobile X-ray products for security purposes.
Under a new contract with established global supplier of defence and security technology systems, Thales, Adelaide-based company Micro-X will develop multiple image processing systems for defence and security purposes.
Micro-X manufactures carbon nanotube X-ray systems that are portable and adaptable for multiple industries and is based at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct in Adelaide’s southern suburbs alongside several other advanced manufacturing companies such as SAGE Automation and Siemens.
Thales is a multinational security company that develops products for aerospace, defence, transportation and security technology markets.
Under a six-year convertible bond, Thales is investing AUD$10 million in Micro-X with the proceeds designed to develop a selection of the company’s products.
Thales and Micro-X will collaborate on the global sales and support of Micro-X’s counter-terrorism Mobile Backscatter Imager of Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs. The technology scrutinizes IEDs which are commonly used overseas in roadside settings.
Design and development is already underway in Adelaide for the Imager following positive feedback from American and Australian defence forces after a demonstration conducted at the Australian Defence Force’s Counter-IED Task Force.
For the counter-terrorism product, Micro-X will offer direct sales to the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Thales will sell the management buy-in product – manufactured in Adelaide – internationally.
Another product that will be developed further is an airport checkpoint security scanner.
After working with the UK Government’s Department for Transport, Micro-X produced dual backscatter and transmission x-ray imaging technology that combines traditional and sophisticated X-ray imaging to provide a clear image of scanned luggage.
Thales will use the X-ray scanning technology under license.
Micro-X recently unveiled a prototype of the luggage X-ray imaging system at the ‘Future Airport Security Solutions’ (FASS) industry showcase in London.
Micro-X and Thales will also design and manufacture a new range of ultra-miniature X-ray tubes. These tubes combine Micro-X’s experience in carbon nanotube x-ray sources with Thales’s experience in X-ray devices.
The tubes will be designed by Thales in South Australia and manufactured in France.
Jean-Jacques Guittard, Thales’ Vice President of Microwave and Imaging Sub-Systems said X-ray imaging offers the best practical and quantifiable benefits in the CNT market.