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Government grant to support 330 jobs and Australia’s sovereign capability

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Australian advanced manufacturer ANCA is pleased to announce it has received the first round of funding under its Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) grant from the Australian Government.

ANCA was the successful recipient last year of a $3 million grant under the MMI, which forms part of the Australian Government’s wider $2.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy.

The funds will be invested in boosting Australia’s sovereign capability with the installation of a “mother machine” at ANCA’s Bayswater manufacturing facility in Victoria, Australia.

The mother machine will enable ANCA to produce a large number of precision parts and tooling with very high accuracy and consistency for the aerospace, automotive, medical device and electronics industries, among others.

ANCA Chief Executive Officer Martin Ripple said the MMI recognises the importance of a healthy manufacturing industry to Australia’s sovereign capability and funds delivered under the scheme will help establish our unique end‐to‐end sovereign industrial capability. The importance of having this expertise was demonstrated in the early days of COVID when ANCA contributed to rapidly manufacturing invasive ventilators within Australia.

“This grant will assist ANCA establish a fully integrated, precision manufacturing cell at our facility in Bayswater and will create more than 150 highly skilled Australian jobs within the project period and around 330 jobs after five years,” he added.

“It will not only position ANCA as one of Australia’s most comprehensive providers of end‐to‐end manufacturing solutions, but also help increase our overall global competitiveness, create additional export opportunities and enable further integration of Australian made products into global supply chains.”

“ANCA is a proudly owned Australian business with our headquarters in Melbourne and we think it is important to shift the conversations to how advanced and value adding manufacturing can thrive locally.”

The delivery of grant funding coincided with a visit to ANCA’s Bayswater manufacturing facility by Australia’s Assistant Minister for Trade and Manufacturing Tim Ayres.

“Over the last decade, Australian exports have slipped down the global value chain as our exports have become less complex,” Assistant Minister Ayres said.

“This grant will enable ANCA to build a new designated precision manufacturing cell and continue enhancing Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capabilities.”

ANCA is an industry innovator, investing 10 per cent of its more than $300 million annual turnover into research and development, ensuring that not only its own operations, but those of its customers remain future proofed.
ANCA is a world-leader in advanced manufacturing, founded in Victoria in 1974, it employs more than 1,200 people and exports its products to customers in more than 50 countries.

1 February 2023