It’s rare to get up close and personal with large mining equipment, and even rarer to see a welding robot in action – but that’s what guests at SMW Group’s Parkhurst facility were treated to during a facility tour today.
SMW Group was invited to conduct the tour as part of the Queensland Government’s Inside Advanced Manufacturing series, a program running across the state to showcase new manufacturing techniques and technologies.
As a leading industry services provider known for pushing the envelope when it comes to manufacturing and fabrication, SMW Group Director Jack Trenaman says the opportunity to give back was a welcome one.
“We’ve spent nearly 20 years refining our approach and staying up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry. When the State Government asked us to participate in the program as a leading industry manufacturer, we were thrilled to share our knowledge and our journey.”
“We’ve designed and manufactured equipment from right here in Parkhurst that’s gone to mine sites around Australia, even all the way to the Pilbara. Thanks to the innovative way we do things and our diverse in-house team, we’re able to compete at that national level.”
“With the focus that’s on Queensland’s industry sector at the moment it’s important to showcase the facilities and talent that we have here in Central Queensland, as well as the opportunities that are available for locals to get valuable jobs and experience without having to leave the region,” said Mr Trenaman.
One of the tour attendees was the newly appointed coordinator for CQ’s $10 million manufacturing hub, Mick Allen. Following a visit to Rockhampton today, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick emphasised how important it is to support local manufacturers.
“Since we launched our Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan in 2016, we have made significant progress in bringing new advanced manufacturing jobs, innovation and opportunities to Queensland,” Mr Dick said.
“Manufacturing is vital to growing and diversifying our state’s economy and creating the jobs of the future, and our government is pleased to help shine a light on the local businesses who are innovating in Queensland and employing more Queenslanders.”