With a deep, technical skills base developed from the automotive and defence sectors, the industry provides a solid platform for new and existing manufacturers to grow and invest.
As a result, South Australia is developing and producing goods as diverse as water recycling equipment, premium wine, warships and submarines, agricultural equipment and health and medical devices.
Technology is playing a central role in the competitiveness of South Australia’s advanced manufacturing industry, supporting innovation, driving product and service development and improving performance.
For manufacturing companies, South Australia provides access to a local research and development sector with strengths in emerging technologies such as photonics, nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, advanced materials and robotics.
In South Australia, you’ll find:
- advanced supply chains developed over 100 years of manufacturing history
- a skilled and affordable workforce
- the largest share of Australia’s defence spend
- Tonsley Innovation District, a 61-hectare collaborative R&D and advanced manufacturing hub
- Lot Fourteen, an innovation, incubation and growth hub, also home to Australia’s national space agency
- affordable skilled labour costs compared with other capitals
- a critical mass of aerospace companies with strengths in engineering, test and evaluation, systems integration and through-life-support
- a vibrant food and beverage processing and packaging industry
- leading levels on investment in renewable energy sources and low carbon initiatives.