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JUNE 2022
     

 


Caravan builder making 'great products'

Govt grant will take Zone RV to new levels: Minister

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Sunshine Coast caravan builder Zone RV has received a Queensland Government 'Made in Queensland' grant of more than $1.4 million.

Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher announced the handout at the company's Sunshine Coast facility during Australian Manufacturing Week.

"This funding will help Zone RV invest in an advanced composite division and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, which is going to support 90 new jobs and take this fantastic business to new levels," he said.

"Through Made in Queensland, the Queensland Government is supporting manufacturers to invest in new technologies and create more jobs. This is a win for local businesses and local communities and itís something this government is incredibly proud of."

Nicklin MP Robert Skelton said Zone RV was already a well-recognised name in the community.

"Zone RV is just one example of a fantastic Sunshine Coast business making great products here in our backyard," he said.

"The team here draws on years of experience and have built lighter, stronger and safer caravans designed specifically for off-road adventures."

Zone RV's state-of-the-art facility will include new equipment, robotics and interconnected systems that will enable it to manufacture more materials more efficiently.

Zone RV founder David Biggar said the company was born from the need for improved technology, design and operating efficiencies in the caravan industry.

"This grant is helping us realise this vision," he said.

"Our team harnesses 25 years' experience in true composite manufacturing across the marine, aeronautical and civil construction industries and our products reflect this setting a new benchmark for caravan manufacturing standards in Australia.

"Thanks to the support from the grant we will be able to grow our team as well as create new and innovative products that will diversify our offering."

Mr Butcher said the Made in Queensland grant program had supported 105 advanced manufacturing projects across Queensland since its inception in 2017 and had generated more than $140 million in private sector investment.

In addition, a Made in Queensland grant of $450,000 was awarded to another Sunshine Coast business, Freeze Dry Industries, and will go towards new equipment that will help the company increase productivity, global competitiveness, and create jobs.

More than $54 million has been awarded through Made in Queensland and Queensland Manufacturing Hub Grants, creating or supporting more than 5500 jobs.

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