Victoria’s best and brightest manufacturers have converged on Geelong for a major industry event backed by the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll officially opened the 2018 Victorian Manufacturing Showcase, which brings together hundreds of local manufacturers and features an impressive display of locally-made products.
The event features more than 40 displays, including the world’s first one-piece carbon fibre wheel, sheep skin boots, and food and wine from the region.
The showcase also provides a chance for leading industry figures, including a panel of trailblazing women, to share their experience and knowledge with smaller manufacturers.
The Geelong region is home to almost 10,000 workers in manufacturing in fields like carbon fibre, chemicals and refining, advanced fibres, industrial textiles, defence, agribusiness and transport.
The local manufacturing industry is backed by Deakin University, a world class institution that includes the Carbon Nexus, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation, the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training, the Institute for Frontier Materials and ManuFutures.
Victorian manufacturing is thriving, recently recording 17 months of consecutive growth in the Australian Industry Group’s Performance Manufacturing Index – the longest run of expansion ever.
The growth in manufacturing is backed by the Labor Government’s $130 million in manufacturing support, which is creating over 6,000 jobs and driving $1.6 billion in private investment.
Victoria’s manufacturing industry contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy, with over 13,000 businesses employing more than 280,000 people. It also exported $18.16 billion of manufactured goods in 2016-17.
For more information about Victorian manufacturing, visit economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/advancing-manufacturing
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll
“Manufacturing has a bright future in Victoria – and we’ll continue to back local businesses – so they can create jobs and boost our economy.”
“The Manufacturing Showcase brings some of our best and brightest manufacturers under one roof – and highlights the diversity of the multibillion dollar industry.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens
“Geelong is home to some of the best manufacturers in the state – so it makes sense for us to host such an important event.”
“Labor will always stand with our manufacturers – so they can continue to grow locally – employing more people and boosting our economy.