Victorian Manufacturing Showcase highlights state’s best

The Victorian Manufacturing Showcase has hosted over 650 manufacturers, industry bodies, and agencies to highlight the connectedness of the state’s manufacturing sector.

“It’s great to see such an array of companies showing off their capabilities at this year’s showcase – it speaks volumes for the strength and promise of the sector,” said Victorian Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Martin Pakula.

Held at the State Basketball Centre, the event strengthened connections in the industry, as well as providing a forum to share success stories.

Sub-sectors of manufacturing represented at the Showcase include construction, defence, transport, food and fibre, medical technologies, and pharmaceuticals.

Showcasing those innovating within the sector are the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards, which Pakula announced will open for nomination on November 1. The awards highlight those looking to the future for manufacturing and the state.

“Manufacturing is the top sector for research and development spending in Victoria and that will ensure we continue to lead the field,” said Pakula.

Co-hosted by the Victorian government in partnership with the Industry Capability Network (Victoria), the state government support for the sector has contributed to 7,000 jobs and $1.8 billion in private investment, according to the Victorian government.

“There are more than 11,800 manufacturing firms employing more than 270,000 people in Victoria – we are a leader in Australian manufacturing and getting stronger,” said Pakula.