Federal opposition leader visits DECO manufacturing facility


Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese visited Australian manufacturer, DECO Australia, on 7 October to learn more about the company’s innovative manufacturing processes and products and discuss issues facing Australian manufacturing SMEs. 

DECO Australia has been manufacturing architectural building products and finishes since 2004 and has since expanded to provide industrial finishing services for the defence, engineering and food processing sectors. 

This visit was an excellent opportunity for DECO to highlight the innovations in its business and showcase how they are leading the way for Australian manufacturers to tread new ground, build and create new concepts and ideas over time. They are continually improving their capability to serve priority Australian industry sectors. 


Albanese’s visit sparked a fruitful conversation surrounding some of the common issues faced by Australian manufacturers including Innovation Patents and other IP protection, industry support for research and development and the difficulties SMEs face around being involved in defence procurement. 

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to show Mr Albanese just what DECO can do,” DECO director Ross Doonan said. 

“Manufacturing is the beating heart of Australia, and it’s encouraging to be able to have conversations with our government officials about how they can better support Australian manufacturers in bringing innovative solutions to the table. We look forward to Mr Albanese returning to cut the ribbon on our Innovation Centre!” 

DECO Australia is committed to championing federal government involvement with local Australian businesses, to build a stronger economy supported by sovereign industry capability. 

To find out more about DECO’s Australian-made products and finishing services, visit www.deco.net.au/ or call 02 9603 1888. 

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