Department of State Development

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.