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Advanced manufacturing in New South Wales

The advanced manufacturing sector in New South Wales generates A$20.3 billion annually, with manufactured goods the state’s largest export.

New South Wales’ manufacturing businesses employ more than 253,000 people, as well indirectly supporting an estimated 109,000 additional workers.

NSW manufacturers account for 27% of national direct expenditure on R&D. The state is home to a vast ecosystem of research, training, education and innovation. Its Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap outlines plans to drive adoption, implement advanced business models and attract investment through world-class programs and facilities.

The Western Sydney Aerotropolis is set to become a thriving economic centre in Western Sydney. This ground-breaking smart city will harness its proximity to the international airport to attract emerging and new industries, capture investment and help create more than 200,000 high-value, skilled jobs. It will be home to advanced manufacturing, smarter freight technologies connecting Western Sydney to global markets, and a sophisticated agribusiness precinct. It includes delivery of the industry-led Aerotropolis New Education and Training Model.

Uniting government, academia and industry, The Warren Centre supports excellence in engineering, computer science, technology and innovation. It provides advice, connects specialists to industry and government leaders and promotes further education through seminars, courses and lectures.

The Advanced Manufacturing Connect program is open to NSW-based advanced manufacturers and aims to maximise the sector’s global competitiveness.

Incentives, grants and support

Case studies

Construction is almost complete on Australia’s largest PET recycling factory. The A$45 million plant, a joint venture by Pact Group Holdings Ltd, Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd and Asahi Beverages, will increase the amount of locally sourced and recycled PET in Australia by two thirds.