New Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council to be announced today

The formation of a new business group, the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, will be announced today at the Australian Industry Group’s Melbourne office.

The Ai Group said in a statement that a meeting will be held at 1:15 pm today and involve “a number of Australian and global iconic manufacturing brands”. 

The Australian and others report that the council will include Andrew Liveris, the Australian-born leader of US company Dow Chemical, and Chris Roberts of bionic ear maker Cochlear.

The paper also describes the group as, “a straight copy from the council established last year by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill under the guidance of industry policy guru Goran Roos to develop a 10-year manufacturing industry policy for the state.”

Liveris is a member of the United States President Barack Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and a frequent critic of Australia’s approach to LNG exports.

The announcement of the Australian manufacturing council comes in the wake of Ford’s much-discussed statement on May 23 that it would stop making cars in Australia in October 2016.