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Ian Smith

Director, NSW Office of Regional Economic Development

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A growing network of cutting edge firms

A growing network of cutting edge firms

In 2014-15, the advanced manufacturing sector in Regional NSW employed 70,000 people and contributed A$7.3 billion to the economy.

Leading manufacturers are thriving in Regional NSW. The region has successfully attracted many international manufacturing companies due to its skilled local workforce, low-cost environment, access to markets and world-class research and development centres.

Regional NSW is a base for valuable and skill-intensive parts of production processes, including high-tech design and development, innovative research, product customisation and client-focused support and repair services.

Regional NSW offers advanced manufacturing strengths and opportunities in aviation, energy, electronics, ICT, industrial equipment, marine, medical equipment, computer equipment and appliances. Other promising advanced manufacturing opportunities exist in agribusiness, renewable energy and defence.

Established advanced manufacturing companies

Opportunities

Sector support

The NSW Government is committed to creating the conditions for the NSW manufacturing industry to prosper and drive innovation and productivity, including through its Manufacturing Industry Action Plan.

Three Cooperative Research Centres - the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, the Australian National Fabrication Facility and the Australian Centre for Electro-Material Science - partner with industry in research and development.

The Australian Government offers industry assistance programs to advanced manufacturing businesses including a A$4 million Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre to support small scale and pilot research projects. The Research and Development Tax Incentive provides tax relief for businesses engaging in research and development.

For more details, visit the assistance page.

Share of global exports of NSW manufactured products

Chart showing Trade statistical pivot tables - State by country and TRIEC pivot table 1990 to 2016.

Chart showing Trade statistical pivot tables - State by country and TRIEC pivot table 1990 to 2016.

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2017, Trade statistical pivot tables - State by country and TRIEC pivot table 1990 to 2016.

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Ian Smith

Director, NSW Office of Regional Economic Development
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Suite 1, Level 1
47-59 Wingewarra Street
DUBBO NSW 2830