"Queensland has a major opportunity to ride the wave of paradigm-changing technology and carve a manufacturing niche that drives a deeper economic base for the State moving forward," Ai Group Queensland Head Shane Rodgers said today.
"Too often people buy into the erroneous notion that Australia does not have a significant manufacturing industry or is incapable of competing on the world stage. This is demonstrably untrue.
"In Queensland we have many manufacturers who are prospering off the back of innovation, clever thinking and the use of emerging technology that is changing the global game. Our manufacturers have a growing reputation for producing high-quality products requiring particular skills and expertise.
"They are quickly evolving from old-world factories to modern, high-technology, research-oriented operations that are competitive and focussed on exporting.
"Queensland has done well off the back of the mining and gas industries in our recent history but we also need to be developing secondary industries and capitalising on the enormous opportunities around advanced manufacturing.
"As we enter into a new era of digital technology, automation, 3D printing and the so-called 'internet of things', Queensland is well placed to develop and attract forward-thinking companies who can transform the economy.
"The appointment of Cameron Dick as Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Manufacturing is itself a golden opportunity to extend this fresh energy and thinking further into the manufacturing sector. The development of an advanced manufacturing sector will also strengthen the value captured by the State's traditional resources and agribusiness industries.
"Ai Group stands ready to work with the Minister on this agenda and help to drive the policies to encourage continued investment in manufacturing in the State.
"We also look forward to working with the Minister on increasing the opportunities for local content in major projects and proactively helping local companies build their capacity to join supply chains and enter international markets," Mr Rodgers said.
Shane Rodgers – 0423 021 268