Four companies have earned grants under the Australian Manufacturing Fund for PPE program.
The grants would help companies move into capability gaps exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, industry minister Karen Andrews said in a statement on Monday, and lead to export opportunities.
Kestrel Manufacturing received $495,000. It is a supplier to surgical mask business Med-Con, and would dedicate one of its meltblown lines to the filter materials which would assist Med-Con in its scaling up from two million to 160 million masks annually.
Clets Linen was awarded $213,000 to upgrade capacity for disposable isolation gown production.
Nobody Denim received $400,000 for as many as 20 new sewing machines for isolation gowns.
RRJ Engineering was awarded $392,000 to help make more plastic PPE components. CEO Royston Kent said the grant, “gives industry the confidence to invest in its people, facilities and to update technology.”
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