Qld Parliament to showcase manufacturer capabilities

Parliament House in Brisbane is to showcase strength of Queensland manufacturing with displays of manufacturer capabilities from across the state.

The state’s Parliament House Showcase to celebrate Manufacturing Month will headline the launch of a new social media campaign to entice school leavers to the sector: ‘If you don’t make it, it’ll never exist’.

To celebrate the launch of Manufacturing Month, 26 of Queensland’s leading manufacturers will show off their wares and capabilities in the first Parliamentary Manufacturing Showcase event.

Manufacturers on display include, Stella Marine who manufacture premium marine equipment, Norweld from North Queensland who manufacture vehicle accessories and Elexon Electronics who manufacture a diverse range of electronic products for niche local and export markets.

Also among the exhibitors at the Showcase are the iconic Gold Coast-based ice cream company Frosty Boy, Gladstone-based confectionary business, Kandy Couture, Pinkenba-based vinyl records manufacturer, Suitcase Records and Narangba-based Packer Leather, who manufacture leather product used in the iconic Sherrin AFL football. Locally manufactured beverages from Queensland’s leading distillers and brewers will also be on display.

Manufacturing is a powerhouse sector in Queensland, contributing $20 billion to the Queensland economy each year and employing 180,000 Queenslanders, according to an announcement.

“Many Queensland manufacturing businesses are world leaders in their field and the Showcase provides an opportunity for manufacturers to be celebrated, and to demonstrate their strength and capability.”

The new social media campaign ‘If you don’t make it, it’ll never exist’ aims to encourage school leavers to pursue a career in manufacturing.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “We know that we have the world’s best manufacturers right here in Queensland. With our support, the manufacturing sector has gone from strength to strength and I want to see Made in Queensland stamped on more products because that means more jobs for more Queenslanders.

“As these exhibitors demonstrate, manufacturing is a diverse industry and the opportunities are endless.

“I want to see more young people, more women, getting into manufacturing because these jobs are good, secure jobs for Queenslanders.”

Picture: Queensland government

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