Strategy plan for manufacturing future unveiled

September 28, 2017 by  

The leading manufacturing hub of Dandenong was chosen by the State government for the recent unveiling of a new plan for the sector’s future throughout Victoria.

According to Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams the Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the future strategy is exactly that – a plan for the industry’s future.

She said within Dandenong alone, the manufacturing industries support thousands of jobs for locals.

To back the blueprint, new initiatives and funding of $12m will be provided, according to Wade Noon, Minister for Industry and Employment.

The key actions of the plan include creating jobs in manufacturing, assisting small to medium firms to capture opportunities in new markets and to innovate and grow, making local supply chains stronger, and locating and boosting export opportunities.

Noonan described Victoria as `the home of manufacturing’. The sector is widespread throughout the community and includes everything from the manufacturing of promotional products, to food, clothing and transport.

Dianne Smith, Executive Director of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, said it is important to ensure the sector is globally competitive if the state is to continue its role as the home of new product design and cutting-edge innovation.

The strategy was developed by the Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council under the leadership of Ross Pilling and with input from research organisations, businesses, unions and industry associations.