Advanced manufacturing named by SA premier as part of economic plan

South Australian premier Jay Weatherill has listed advanced manufacturing as a pillar of his Economic Statement, announced today.

South Australian premier Jay Weatherill has listed advanced manufacturing as a pillar of his Economic Statement, announced today.

Weatherill stated that innovation and engagement with Asia were both necessary for achieving success, as was the role of the SA government in its economy.

"We must make choices about backing the businesses that are inventing the new products, designing the new services and taking them to the world," he said, in comments reported by AAP.

"South Australia has always worked best when we have had strong government working with strong business."

The manufacturing sector employs 73,000 in the state.

Weatherill spoke last month at the AWU national conference of the challenges the industry faced in SA.

"Right now manufacturing is facing one of its biggest challenges in history,” he told the union’s conference.

“In SA, the challenge is acute. Our manufacturing base is narrow, with a predominance of small to medium-sized enterprises.”

Weatherill's Economic Statement wil be posted here: www.premier.sa.gov.au/ecostat

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