Government supports TCF manufacturing on its quest to go green

The Government has voiced its support for textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) manufacturing industry, claiming it will help the sector adapt to a low-carbon world.

Innovation minister Senator Kim Carr says the TCF sector is one of the most forward-thinking manufacturing industries in the country in terms of investing for innovation.

Senator Carr was speaking at the inaugural Big Green Conference in Geelong, which was a forum for industry and Government to speak about preparing our industry for a greener future.

“Climate change is remaking our environment and our economy,” Senator Carr said. 

“We can plant a few trees, but they won’t shelter our manufacturers from that reality. Good businesses face the facts and find the opportunities – and the Australian Government will help them every step of the way.

“Like most manufacturing industries, TCF faces the challenge of creating sustainable products and business practices in a changing global environment. But the rewards are there for the firms who can adapt first. TCF is well-placed to make that transition.”

Senator Carr said that Australia’s TCF industries are diverse, vibrant and looking to the future. Almost one in two TCF firms already invest in innovation – well above the 40% of businesses in all sectors. 

The Government has invested $37 million for new textile labs at the CSIRO–Deakin University Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre in Waurn Ponds.

The TCF Strategic Capability Program, a five year $35 million co-investment scheme to build our capabilities, is another investment.

The large-scale TCF manufacturing industry is almost non-existant in Australia now, with various firms moving off-shore to cheaper production areas like China.

Most of Australia’s TCF industry is now made up of smaller, niche, high-end brands.

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