Advanced manufacturers choose NSW for its lifestyle, supportive business environment, skilled workforce and extensive infrastructure. This results in high-value products of interest to customers globally.
There are over 27,000 manufacturers in NSW
Manufacturers in NSW employ more than 235,000 people
Manufacturers generate around $125 billion annually
Exporting around $16 billion worth of goods each year
Working with business to promote growth
NSW offers capability across high-tech design and development, innovative research, product customisation, client support and repair.
About half of total NSW manufacturing exports are advanced manufactured goods, with particular strengths in defence and aerospace, health and life sciences, and agrifood.
Targeted support is available though:
- skills and workforce development
- industry advocacy
- business programs and incentives
- innovation, research and development.
We're also helping to attract and train our future manufacturing workforce with further programs and support to learn digital skills, encourage collaboration with industry across regional and metropolitan NSW and support students to take up STEM careers.
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NSW is known as a fast adopter of technology, and we are reinforcing this reputation with the NSW 20-Year R&D Roadmap.
The 20-Year R&D Roadmap is a long-term vision for advancing technologies, products and services for priority sectors including manufacturing. This will complement the $1 billion our manufacturers already spend on research and development each year.
Additionally, we are building world-class infrastructure to support the sector’s future success, including the:
- Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility at Bradfield in Western Sydney.
- Australia’s first commercial-scale Viral Vector Manufacturing Facility at Westmead.
To reinforce its commitment to modern manufacturing, the NSW Government appointed a Modern Manufacturing Commissioner.
The Commissioner is helping strengthen local research, collaboration and partnerships between government, research institutions and industry to grow modern manufacturing capabilities in NSW.
This includes the implementation of the NSW Government response to the Modern Manufacturing Taskforce Report in 2022, and the development of a Modern Manufacturing Strategy for NSW, due in 2023.
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Making it in NSW with Lisa Emerson
Welcome to Making it in NSW with Lisa Emerson. In this video series, the Modern Manufacturing Commissioner showcases some of NSW’s most advanced and innovative manufacturers.
This includes insights into the knowledge, processes and business models that drive these homegrown success stories. Watch the first video in the series and stay tuned for more.
To learn more about how Investment NSW can help grow your modern manufacturing business please contact us.
Read the transcript of the 'Making it in NSW GME' video
[Making it in NSW with Lisa Emerson GME video script:]
Lisa Emerson, Modern Manufacturing Commissioner, Investment NSW GME makes CB radios and emergency beacons, they’re a unique local manufacturer, I'm really excited to be here today to have a look at all their innovations. Hi, Stephen, Lisa.
Stephen Millar, Chief Executive Officer, GME Hi Lisa, pleasure to meet you. Welcome to GME.
Lisa Emerson, Modern Manufacturing Commissioner, Investment NSW Thank you.
Stephen Millar, Chief Executive Officer, GME We looked at our business and said, what do we do that can make it better for our operators and help us be more productive? And we essentially took processes that were discrete operator stations and put them into a continuous assembly line.
Lisa Emerson, Modern Manufacturing Commissioner, Investment NSW And this is a little conveyor belt.
Stephen Millar, Chief Executive Officer, GME Correct. So it’s like a big sushi train. A big part of what we're wanting to do here was about, you know, operator comfort, avoiding RSI, injuries and those sorts of things. From our perspective, that's where the productivity improvement is.
Lisa Emerson, Modern Manufacturing Commissioner, Investment NSW And then at the end we have a very special operator I can see here.
Stephen Millar, Chief Executive Officer, GME At the end we have Archie. So Archie's the robot. Archie's the mechanical part of the process, but what's really happening here is an automated testing system, which is what these jigs are.
Lisa Emerson, Modern Manufacturing Commissioner, Investment NSW What happened to the employee that used to be doing this job?
Stephen Millar, Chief Executive Officer, GME So the employees that used to be in this job are doing these jobs at the same time as we've been introducing this. Our total headcount has gone up. So they're employing more people.
Greg Adams, Process Worker/tester, GME With the new machines that we have now. We can basically punch out triple, triple the quantity, the output.
Stephen Millar, Chief Executive Officer, GME That’s an EPIRB from 1984.
Lisa Emerson, Modern Manufacturing Commissioner, Investment NSW And then from that, essentially, I know this is a personal one, to that.
Stephen Millar, Chief Executive Officer, GME It has the same capability. In fact, it has more because this is a GPS unit as well. But 100% Australian owned and has been for the entire 63 years.
Lisa Emerson, Modern Manufacturing Commissioner, Investment NSW And why NSW?
Stephen Millar, Chief Executive Officer, GME Well, that's a great question. We wouldn't want to move. You know, we've got a great labour force. The environment is very supportive to us. We've had a good association with Investment NSW as we've deliberately branched out into the defence community. So we've been with them on a number of the defence exhibitions and shows that have been around the last few years.
Lisa Emerson, Modern Manufacturing Commissioner, Investment NSW How important is modern manufacturing to GME?
Stephen Millar, Chief Executive Officer, GME Yes, look, it's been really important for us. It's enabled us to take our core asset which is people and make them more efficient, you know, make their jobs safer, make them more comfortable. So, you know, it's sort of a win win for us.
A leading radio communications manufacturer operating out of Western Sydney.
Australian Manufacturing Week showcases the latest innovations, technologies and equipment in the advanced manufacturing sector. The event is held on 7 to 10 June 2022 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.
The Modern Manufacturing Expo showcases the future of manufacturing, highlighting the path for the digital transformation journey. The event is held on 20 to 21 September 2022 at the Sydney Showground.
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