A BUNDABERG-BASED manufacturing company has expanded into in-flight entertainment, making it a global force in the avionics industry.
Microair Pty Ltd has been building a solid reputation for developing high quality and cost effective avionic products for domestic and worldwide markets.
Business manager Jeanette Nock said an acquisition last year by Brisbane-based Total Aviation Solutions has led the company to produce a new product.
"That same year Total Aviation Solutions also acquired US company digEcor, based in Utah," she said.
Ms Nock said digEcor remains a global market leader in portable in-flight entertainment.
"With the assistance of Microair's manufacturing expertise, a new product, Glide, has been undergoing development with the first batch of units to shortly be installed into commercial flights in the US."
Glide is an embedded in-flight entertainment system that is lightweight and cost-efficient that will allow travellers to access movies, music, maps, games and external cameras.
"The addition of the new products being produced in Bundaberg ensures the long-term future for Microair in Bundaberg," she said.
"We already have assemblers in training along with an expansion in the logistics department."
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland CEO Stephen Tait visited the company yesterday and said it should be celebrated.
"This type of innovation drives the economy and creates jobs," he said.
"I want other small to medium enterprises in Queensland to look at this and be inspired."
Microair also specialises in flood monitoring systems and solar street lights.
"That was born out of the 2010/11 floods," Ms Nock said.
"The system was designed by the Microair research and development team and two trial sites were installed before the 2013 floods.
"Since then, the Department of Transport and Main Roads have commissioned a further nine sites together with LED advance warning signs along the Bruce Hwy in the Wide Bay and Fitzroy regions."