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Oba-dare to grow manufacturing business


Toowoomba manufacturer Oba-dare will grow its business and employ more staff thanks to grants of almost $1 million from the QLD government’s Made in Queensland program.

A grant of more than $937,000 will help Oda-dare Group become Australia’s only American Petroleum Institute local rig manufacturer for the oil and gas sector, which will in turn create at least 15 new local jobs.

Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher announced the grant on the Oda-bare shop floor on the morning of 13 June and congratulated the business on its innovative and ambitious strategy to transition from a rig-component manufacturer to becoming a star-to-end full-rig manufacturer.

“Growing the business and getting to that next level sometimes means taking risks, being bold and the Made in Queensland grant program is designed to help manufacturers like Obadare Group, who have a very clear idea and a sound plan for growth, can take that step,” said Butcher.

Stephen Lucht, operation manager at Oba-dare Group, said that the government support was invaluable for helping the company achieve its goals.

“Australian manufacturing is such a tough industry and government support is really crucial for success. You’ve got to go to market with the most efficient tools and machinery available – nobody gets handed work by chance,” said Lucht.

The businesses, which employs 70 staff, intends to use the grant funding to invest in several equipment items. Most impressively, this includes augmented reality headsets which would support customers through the rig package commissioning and long-term maintenance, as well as trouble shooting.

Lucht further explained that the grant funding would allow the businesses to up-skill 25 current staff and, thanks to the purchase of new robotic steel profiling machinery, reduce metal processing waste and increase the efficiency of steel processing activities.

“Obadare is a leading Queensland advanced manufacturer, nationally recognised as a regional employer of choice supported by cutting-edge, advanced robotics, technologies and systems within a modern manufacturing facility,” Lucht said.

“The faith that the Queensland Government is showing in local manufacturing is fantastic and will be repaid through jobs growth and positive impact on the local economy.”

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