Friday 27th May, 2022

Federal funding for concrete and glass manufacturing

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Hallett Concrete will receive up to $20 million for its $109 million project to build an integrated green cement business in South Australia.

The project will consist of a slag granulating plant at Whyalla Steelworks, a grinding, processing and distribution hub at Port Augusta, and a product receival, blending and distribution hub at Port Adelaide.

It will take industrial waste products from three existing mineral processing operations and turn it into low carbon cement products, replacing imports and increasing low carbon cements for the Australian construction industry.

The funding is part of Round 2 of the Integration and Translation Streams of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative.

Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said this funding would bolster the state’s thriving manufacturing sector and unlock further significant investment.

“South Australia has a long and proud history in manufacturing. This funding is a big win for jobs and another vote of confidence in South Australia’s advanced manufacturing capability,” Taylor said.

“We are backing these businesses to turn good ideas into commercial success stories and build critical capability for the future. Our $2.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy is all about helping home-grown manufacturers break into new markets and turn innovative ideas into a reality.”

Other businesses that will share in the funding include Orora, which will receive up to $12.5 million to build a new low carbon clean energy glass melting furnace. This will replace the current G3 glass gas/air red furnace and will be the first oxygen red glass furnace in Australia.

Mayne Pharmaceuticals will also receive up to $4.8 million to expand its advanced manufacturing capability. The project aims to double the production of chronic pain medications such as Kapanol, boost encapsulation capacity from 56 million to 104 million doses per year, and increase blister packaging capacity from 7.9 million to 21.3 million boxes per year.

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