Federal government announces winners in $50 million-plus of modernisation grants


Grant recipients under the federal government’s Manufacturing Modernisation Fund Round 2 have been announced.

Companies including Bickford’s Australia (receiving $1 million for an automated bottling line), Calix ($1 million for equipment to produce bioactive materials) and Jenkin Bros Engineers ($522,421 for a new line for specialty metal products) were among recipients. A full list from and released on Monday is reproduced below.

According to industry minister Christian Porter, the total amount awarded was $55 million.

Porter said the grants would help recipients become more internationally competitive, and, “also help to grow well-paid and highly skilled jobs in the modern manufacturing sector for Australian workers.

“We know that for every manufacturing job we create, at least three additional jobs are created in other areas of our economy.”

The MMF supports projects by manufacturing SMEs (under 200 employees) through grants of between $100,000 and $1 million, covering up to 25 per cent of project costs. Projects can run for up to two years and support co-funding capital investments and should: 

  • adopt new technologies
  • encourage innovation
  • become more productive and competitive in the market and
  • create more jobs.

Applications for Round 2 of the fund closed in January.

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Applicant Organisation Grant Amount Supported Total Investment Project Description Suburb State
Annex Foods Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $4,393,166 Raise the Bar for Annex Foods via major Industry 4.0 Automation project Clayton South VIC
Asurequality Australia Pty Ltd $500,000 $2,100,000 AsureQuality Manufacturing Expansion and New Market Entry. Tullamarine VIC
Atmo Biosciences Pty Ltd $317,500 $1,270,000 Manufacturing Automation and Scale-Up of the Atmo Gas-Sensing Capsule Box Hill VIC
Australian Eatwell Pty Ltd $750,000 $3,095,221 Australian Eatwell Non-Soy Tofu Expansion Project Donald VIC
Australian Honeybee Pty. Ltd. $600,863 $2,403,452 Advanced Automated Digital Manufacturing of Australian Smart Bee Hives Mitchell ACT
Australian Plastics Extrusions Pty Ltd $574,708 $2,298,832 Project Recyclable Soft Plastics Heidelberg West VIC
Ballistic Beer Company Pty Ltd $122,294 $489,178 Beverage Pre-packaging Stability and Quality Upgrade Brisbane QLD
Batlow Fruit Company Pty Ltd $937,225 $3,748,900 Batlow Happles – Advanced integrated manufacturing facility Batlow NSW
Bean Growers Australia Limited $1,000,000 $4,558,833 Transforming to value added advanced food manufacturing Torrington QLD
Bentspoke Brewing Company Pty Ltd $671,000 $2,684,000 BentSpoke Brewing Co. Cannery Capacity Expansion Mitchell ACT
Bickford’S Australia Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $5,826,759 Highly Flexible Automated Intrinsically Safe Bottling Line Salisbury South SA
Birch & Waite Foods Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $4,536,730 Project Monarch Revesby NSW
Bonissimo Pty Ltd $349,000 $1,396,000 Project Neon Osborne Park WA
Brick Lane Brewing Co Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $6,877,657 Pearl Jam Dandenong South VIC
Buontempo Enterprises Pty. Ltd. $454,187 $1,816,750 Roma Food Products Manufacturing Facility Carrum Downs VIC
Burleigh Baker Pty Ltd $153,000 $613,000 Koji-cultured Spreads Varsity Lakes QLD
C.N.C. Design Pty. Ltd. $114,023 $465,003 Virtual Smart Factory for Composite Printing and Machining Nunawading VIC
Calix Limited $1,000,000 $8,285,460 BIOME – Transforming the Manufacture of Bio-active Materials Maddingley VIC
Capital Brewing Co Pty Ltd $946,959 $3,787,839 Automated and Digitised Capacity Overhaul of R&D and Production Facility Fyshwick ACT
Chess Engineering Pty Ltd $152,063 $608,255 Securing the future as an Advanced Manufacturer Padstow NSW
Coconutz Australia Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $6,852,428 CocoNutZ – Leading modernisation of the Australian Sugar Industry Mossman QLD
CQ Field Mining Services Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $4,841,000 CQ Field Mining Services – transforming METS service for future growth Paget QLD
Currumbin Minerals Pty. Ltd. $934,686 $3,738,746 New mineral sands processing facility for Currumbin Minerals Currumbin Waters QLD
D.T.R. Holdings Pty. Ltd. $424,724 $1,698,897 Install Next Generation food processing technology Alloway QLD
David Brown Santasalo Australia Pty Ltd $100,000 $464,984 National Manufacturing Capability Enhancement 2025 Strategy – Stage 1 Bulli NSW
Delphi Measurement Pty Ltd $208,225 $832,900 Force and Pressure Calibration Upgrade Burleigh Heads QLD
DHDS Pty Ltd $260,172 $1,040,690 Deep Hole Drilling Services capability investment for defence and mining Thomastown VIC
Dollar Sweets Company Pty. Limited $418,956 $1,675,825 Sweet success for Dollar Sweets via major automation facility investment Pakenham VIC
Doogood Powder Coating Pty. Ltd. $174,677 $698,711 On-shoring and establishing a modernised local production line Hallam VIC
Duratray International Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $5,689,526 Manufacturing facilities Cranbourne West VIC
E3Sixty Limited $469,950 $1,879,800 Australia’s E-Waste Recycling Facility Sydney NSW
East Coast Canning Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $5,818,326 Sustainable aluminium can decoration via direct-to-shape digital printing Culburra Beach NSW
Ennio Pty. Limited $281,963 $1,333,718 New technology for producing tubular netting bags and auto packing Holden Hill SA
Ferndale Confectionery Pty. Ltd. $557,000 $2,231,000 PROJECT COATED. Delacombe VIC
First Graphene Limited $759,000 $3,036,198 First Graphene Manufacturing Optimisation and Automation Project Henderson WA
Forager Foods Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $6,493,816 Establishment of a world class freeze drying and processing facility Western Junction TAS
Frosty Boy Australia Pty Ltd $278,500 $1,114,000 Frosty Boy Australia Pty Ltd- Rapid Multi Sales Channel Expansion Project Yatala QLD
Garlo’S Pies Pty Ltd $746,571 $2,986,286 Transforming pastry manufacturing for global markets Kingsgrove NSW
Hudson Marketing Pty Ltd $642,583 $2,570,332 Australian Attapulgite Plant Upgrade Narngulu WA
Inflatable Packers International Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $4,520,240 Perth Inflatable Packer Manufacturing Facility Upgrade and Expansion Bayswater WA
Interpack Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $4,734,142 Next generation technology for sustainable food-safe glass jar closures. Deer Park VIC
Ipantry Trading Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $5,076,750 World leading food automation facility for iPantry Sunshine West VIC
Ital Foodgroup Pty. Ltd. $1,000,000 $4,629,141 New Industry 4.0 packaging line for ITAL Foodgroup Campbellfield VIC
Jenkin Bros Engineers (Australia) Pty. Ltd. $522,421 $2,089,685 New advanced production line for manufacturing specialised metal Bayswater VIC
K.A.C. Services Pty. Ltd. $490,000 $2,214,451 Massons CFAB Centre of Excellence (CFAB CoE) Project Knoxfield VIC
Kam Fu Food Manufacturers Pty Ltd $163,487 $653,951 Automating production of deep fried noodle and noodle cracker products Wetherill Park NSW
Kico Knee Innovation Company Pty Limited $1,000,000 $5,734,567 Advanced Orthopaedic Manufacturing Pymble NSW
Kyvalley Dairy Group Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $6,215,616 State-of-the-art, value-added dairy processing facility build in Geelong North Geelong VIC
Lyka Smith Pty Ltd $791,175 $3,164,700 Lyka Smith investing into rapid cranio maxillofacial device manufacture Altona North VIC
M. O. Brewing Company Pty. Ltd. $1,000,000 $4,862,923 Brewing NORT, Modus’ new full flavoured non-alcoholic beer Merewether NSW
Macro Meats – Gourmet Game Pty Ltd $232,415 $929,662 Transformative vacuum skin processing technology modernisation Athol Park SA
Medipharm Labs Australia Pty Ltd $466,577 $1,866,310 Manufacturing Innovation and Capacity Optimisation Project (the “Project”) Wonthaggi VIC
Micro-X Ltd $400,000 $3,308,054 Mobile Backscatter Imager Manufacture Tonsley SA
Midway Metals Pty Ltd $599,393 $2,397,572 Addition of Stretcher Leveller capability to Melbourne Blanking line Laverton North VIC
Minifab (Aust) Pty Ltd $989,386 $4,583,540 Enhanced capability to manufacture molecular point of care diagnostics Scoresby VIC
Mitchell Plastic Welding Pty Ltd $797,360 $5,144,796 Sustainable Aquaculture Injection Moulding Castle Forbes Bay TAS
Moon Dog Brewing Pty Ltd $350,740 $1,402,960 Postmix Alcoholic Seltzer Innovation Preston VIC
Nova Farms Pty Ltd $375,000 $1,517,500 Transformation to medicinal usage of honey by using robotics and AI V2.0 Gepps Cross SA
Poly Transport Systems Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $14,651,395 Project Darling – Australia’s first Recycled HDPE Extruded Pipe Man. Plant Tocumwal NSW
Poultry Plus Distributors Pty. Ltd. $1,000,000 $4,532,687 New manufacturing process automation service for Poultry Plus Thomastown VIC
Preshafood Pty Ltd $406,250 $1,625,000 Creation of High Pressure Processed, Additive Free Hummus and Dips Line Wetherill Park NSW
QPP Pty Ltd $465,000 $1,965,000 Investment in Robotic Injection Moulding Machine with IoT control Narangba QLD
Race Dental Pty Ltd $512,317 $2,049,271 Digital Additive and Automated Manufacture of Dentures and Clear Aligners Castle Hill NSW
Real Foods Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $6,743,000 Integrated Grain Popping Process Optimisation Villawood NSW
Rotacaster Wheel Pty Ltd $563,094 $2,252,376 50mm Omnia Wheel Production Automation Beresfield NSW
S.M.W. Installations Pty. Ltd. $208,200 $832,800 Increasing capacity of plant based dairy product manufacturing. Carrara QLD
Sealite Pty. Ltd. $119,456 $477,825 Sealite’s state of the art Automated Electronic Circuit Board capability. Somerville VIC
Serinna Pty Ltd $146,000 $584,000 Modernization and automation of the production of bread based products. Cheltenham VIC
Seven Mile Brewing Company Pty Ltd $125,000 $500,000 Seven Mile Brewing Production Modernisation Ballina NSW
Speedx Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $4,156,906 New Medical Diagnostic Product Manufacturing Facility Eveleigh NSW
Spreadies Pty Ltd $839,385 $3,357,542 Next-Gen Blast Freezer and Capacity Extending Assets for Export Expansion Alexandria NSW
Sun Cable Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $7,703,000 Solar Array Manufacturing for rapidly deployable low cost solar farms. Darwin  NT
Tamburlaine Wine Services Pty Ltd $612,728 $2,450,912 Improve the capacity, quality and efficiency of bottling and packaging wine Cudal NSW
Techno-Plas Pty. Ltd. $293,244 $1,172,978 Establish three new advanced technology food packaging manufacturing cells St Marys SA
The Best Multiple Food Co. Pty. Ltd. $573,623 $2,294,495 The Best Multiple Food Company – New Facility Fitout Tullamarine VIC
The Blasta Group Pty. Ltd. $900,079 $3,600,319 Blasta Advanced Manufacturing 4.0 Project Perth Airport WA
The Ilume Kitchen Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $12,893,575 New automation facility for ILUME – leading petfood innovation Keysborough VIC
Tindo Operations Co Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $5,302,777 Australian Solar Panel Manufacturing: Leadership, Value and Innovation Mawson Lakes SA
Tresmine Pty Ltd $277,771 $1,111,087 Reshoring Electronics Manufacturing Bella Vista NSW
Tridon Australia Pty Ltd $266,699 $1,066,796 Australian specialty fastener manufacturing Silverwater NSW
Troy Laboratories Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $4,969,000 Project BIC (best-in-class) Glendenning NSW
True Foods Pty Ltd $1,000,000 $5,531,215 Tortilla Manufacturing Technology Upgrade Maryborough VIC
Veem Ltd $862,060 $3,448,241 Defence : Hunter project Canning Vale WA
W T G Pty Ltd $832,911 $3,331,647 Advancing Australia’s Carbon Fibre Capabilities for Space and Defence Ingleburn NSW
Wearoptimo Pty Ltd $973,085 $3,892,340 Nanoimprint Lithography for advanced manufacture of wearable health sensors Woolloongabba QLD
Zeroco.Com.Au Pty Ltd $223,820 $895,282 World-First Reusable Pouch Cleaning & Sterilisation Machine Lismore NSW


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