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Innovative manufacturer shows the way

3 March 2014

Australia’s manufacturing sector was given a boost today with the announcement that Holcim’s new $80 million concrete manufacturing plant in Ipswich in Queensland was now open for business.

Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry said the new project had already seen $100 million injected into the region, delivering hundreds of new jobs.

“This new state-of-the-art plant is good news for Australia’s manufacturing industry and shows companies like Holcim are still investing and have confidence in Australia’s economy,” Mr Baldwin said.

“While the sector is facing challenges and is undergoing a transformation, there are fundamental strengths in Australian industry.

 “Over the weeks and months ahead, the Government will continue to work with industry to develop the best policy framework to assist Australian industry as it moves to take advantage of new global opportunities.”

The 14-hectare facility, established for Holcim Australia’s products branded Humes, will deliver 130 permanent jobs after creating more than 200 during its construction. The facility includes state-of-the-art operations to manufacture high quality concrete pipe, products and structural pre-cast for the South East Queensland construction market.

Mark Campbell CEO of Holcim Australia said the new plant was an important part of Holcim’s investment program in Australia.

“This is a significant addition to our existing strategic footprint of 40 aggregates and concrete sites in South East Queensland and an important part of Holcim’s investment program in Australia,” Mr Campbell said.

“This will ensure that we retain our leading position in the highly competitive South East Queensland market; that we continue to meet increasingly high concrete manufacturing standards and that our customers have access to the highest quality products that they have come to expect from us.”

The Ipswich plant brings Holcim’s investments in new Australian facilities to approximately $400 million since late 2009, when Holcim acquired the business formerly known as Readymix.  Holcim have been operating for more than 100 years and in Australia currently employ more than 3000 full time people working across 300 sites throughout the country.

The new manufacturing plant is the first completed site on Investa’s Swanbank Enterprise Park near Ipswich, which comprises 260 hectares of general industry land and 40 hectares of business park land and 200 hectares of buffer.

Media contacts:

Mr Baldwin’s office: 02 6277 4200
Holcim: Lisa Driscoll 0419 476 653