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Advanced manufacturing in NSW: ensuring competitive opportunities happen

NSW is home to a range of highly innovative, competitive and world-leading manufacturers in industries such as space, medtech, agrifood, energy technology and defence.

Advanced opportunities

There are over 24,000 manufacturers in NSW employing more than 230,000 people, generating around $120 billion annually and exporting around $14 billion worth of goods each year.

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.

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, medical technology, and food and beverage.

Targeted support is available though:

  • skills and workforce development
  • industry advocacy
  • business programs and incentives
  • innovation, research and development. 

Key Initiatives

In May 2018, the NSW Government launched the NSW Advanced Manufacturing Industry Development Strategy (PDF) 1.4 MB to drive value creation and the competitiveness of NSW advanced manufacturers.

The Strategy has been successful in focusing the NSW Government’s industry support efforts, including through the following initiatives:

The NSW Government recognises that a strong manufacturing sector is vital to support advanced industries and acknowledges this under its 2040 Economic Blueprint. Advanced manufacturing was also identified as one of six areas of focus for the NSW Government in the Premier’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

To reinforce its commitment to advanced manufacturing, the NSW Government is appointing the Modern Manufacturing Taskforce and Modern Manufacturing Commissioner to identify local research and ideas that can be transformed into manufacturing and job opportunities.


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. 

How we help

Investment NSW provides businesses with free:

  • market intelligence  
  • advice on NSW Government programs and approval processes 
  • connections with government and local business contacts 
  • support for business case development 
  • identification of investment locations and potential partners 
  • facilitation of familiarisation visits.  

Contact Investment NSW for free, personalised support to grow your business in NSW. 

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