Melbourne-based guitar company, Maton Guitars is set to create more jobs and increase its export business thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Victorian Government's Future Industries Manufacturing Program.
Maton plans to use the grant to increase their annual production to 10,000 guitars in the next three to five years, with 50 per cent earmarked for export. Maton currently exports 35 per cent of its guitars to Asia, North America and Europe. The grant will also help expand the company’s timber machining capability and significantly improve production and the tone consistency of its high-quality instruments.
10 new jobs will be created by the grant funding increasing Maton Guitar's existing workforce to 60 people.
Founded by brothers Bill and Reg May in 1946, Maton have been manufacturing guitars in Melbourne for more than 70 years. Their company has grown from strength-to-strength, and is regarded as Australia's most iconic guitar brand, recognised around the world for their instruments premium build and sound quality.
Maton guitars have been used by the music world's greatest, such as Elvis Presley, George Harrison and Keith Richards in live concerts and recording sessions – including the opening riff for The Rolling Stones’ song, Gimme Shelter.