The high-profile, Australian-born leader of Dow Chemical, Andrew Liveris, visited Canberra yesterday for meetings related to the new Industry Growth Centres initiative.
Liveris, the chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical, is one of four independent members of the Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee. He is also a former co-chair of US President Barack Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.
The Growth centres’ advisory board will assess the business proposals for the centres, including the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre.
The five Growth centres centre on sectors of competitive strength and are on track to be operational by the year’s second half, according to industry minister Ian Macfarlane. They were announced last October as part of the government's Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.
“I look forward to receiving formal proposals—the high level business plans—outlining industry engagement to date and the vision of each Growth Centre’s Chair for guiding the future of their sector,” Macfarlane said in a statement.
“Each Growth Centre will encourage greater collaboration between businesses in those sectors where we’ve already got a strong foothold, and where we have the best prospects of future excellence.”
Yesterday also saw four board members appointed to Food Industry Australia Limited, which is establishing the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre.
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