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Modern Manufacturing in NSW

Modern manufacturing sits at the centre of NSW’s future economy, bringing together both traditional skills and emerging technologies.

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Modern manufacturing involves advanced knowledge, process and skills, advanced business models, sustainability, high productivity, and customer satisfaction. It involves not only what is being produced, but how it is produced.

Advanced knowledge

Innovations, experience, skills, and collaboration across, and within, industries and institutions.

Advanced processes

Using state-of-the-art technologies such as digitisation, connectivity, automation, advanced materials used to improve efficiencies of processes such as those utilising energy and water including reuse, recycle, remanufacturing, recovery, and clean energy

Advanced business models

Customisable business solutions, logistics operations, service capabilities, and exports.

NSW introduces a Modern Manufacturing Commissioner

Lisa Emerson

The Modern Manufacturing Commissioner for NSW is Lisa Emerson MSc. Lisa brings more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing across a range of sectors in Australia and the United States, including at biotech company Saluda Medical and medical devices company Cochlear Limited. Lisa commenced the role in September 2022.

Advancing the development of modern manufacturing in NSW

The Commissioner's remit is to develop and implement a strategy to grow manufacturing capabilities in NSW. The strategy will create new employment opportunities and drive economic success for the state. Her role includes providing leadership and evidence-based insights through consultation, collaboration and coordination for all NSW Government initiatives supporting the manufacturing industry, alongside a focus on fostering close direct relationships with industry, academia, and other levels of government.

The Commissioner's key focus in 2023 will be the development of the Modern Manufacturing Strategy for NSW.

The Commissioner's office can be contacted via email to [email protected].

The Modern Manufacturing Taskforce

Announced in late 2021, the Modern Manufacturing Taskforce was an independent expert advisory taskforce appointed to provide advice to the NSW Government on facilitating and accelerating the development and adoption of modern manufacturing capabilities across the state.

The Taskforce included relevant industry and academic representatives and key stakeholders, all bringing specialist experience and skills, relevant network connections and contemporary understanding of the NSW business environment and opportunities for modern manufacturing. The Taskforce members were:

  • Mr Tony Shepherd, Modern Manufacturing Taskforce Chair
  • Mr Chris Jenkins, Country Director and CEO, Thales Australia
  • Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO Engineers Australia
  • Professor Roy Green, Special Innovation Adviser, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • Dig Howitt, CEO and President, Cochlear Limited.

The Modern Manufacturing Taskforce Report

The Taskforce delivered its Report, Making it in NSW, in July 2022. It provides a vision for the NSW Government to grow the economy of NSW and Australia, by reinstating manufacturing as a major economic force.

The NSW Government commends the Modern Manufacturing Taskforce for its Report, and thanks them for the effort and expertise that has gone into compiling this important piece of work.

The Taskforce presented a bold and clear vision for the NSW Government to:

Grow the economy of NSW and Australia by reinstating manufacturing as a major economic force, thus ensuring a reasonable level of domestic self-sufficiency in the supply of, and local support for, critical equipment, materials, and supplies, diversifying our exports and generally raising the prosperity of all Australians.

The Report identifies seven key themes as areas of focus for the NSW Government:

  1. A coordinated approach
  2. Support for structured collaboration
  3. Promotion of modern manufacturing including new entrepreneurial ventures
  4. New approach to public procurement
  5. Targeted business support program
  6. Enhanced cooperation and integration
  7. Coordinated program of support for skills and training.

NSW Modern Manufacturing Taskforce I Making it in NSW Report (PDF) 8.4 MB

NSW Government Response

The Interim Government Response to the Modern Manufacturing Taskforce Report outlines actions the NSW Government is already taking and has committed to taking in support of this goal and in support of industry themselves. Aligned to the seven key themes from the Taskforce Report, it clearly shows the immediate activities proposed to develop and accelerate modern manufacturing capabilities in the state.

The NSW Government is committed to achieving the vision outlined by the Taskforce.

The primary action we have taken is the appointment of a Modern Manufacturing Commissioner for NSW. The Modern Manufacturing Commissioner is embedded in Investment NSW and empowered to work across governments of all levels, engage with industry and community, and deliver a broad Modern Manufacturing Strategy that will secure the future of this important capability.

The Modern Manufacturing Strategy, due to be developed in 2023, will canvas future initiatives and opportunities beyond those set out in the Response and will outline a roadmap for continuing to support modern manufacturing into the future.

NSW: The Home of Modern Manufacturing I Interim Government Response (PDF) 8 MB