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Manufacturing in NSW: driving our economy

New South Wales is home to a range of highly innovative, competitive and world-leading manufacturers in industries such as technology, health and life sciences, agrifood, clean economy, and defence and aerospace.


Key initiatives

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.

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 through:

  • 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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Australian Manufacturing Week showcases the latest innovations, technologies and equipment in the advanced manufacturing sector. The event is held on 17-19 April 2024 at the International Convention Centre Sydney.

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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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