The inaugural Victorian Manufacturing Showcase event provided a wide range of networking and contact opportunities for participants – including Showcase Ambassador and Victorian manufacturing icon Gerry Ryan.
The owner of Jayco Caravans received some 60 business leads from the Showcase and within a couple of months had made contact with over a third with a view to working with more local companies.
The outcome for Gerry Ryan reflected the opportunities presented at the Showcase, a State Government initiative in partnership with ICN Victoria that attracted more than 500 participants from the manufacturing sector across Victoria.
The aim of the event was to celebrate local manufacturing and encourage growth in the sector. The participants heard from a diverse range of speakers, with many offering excellent advice about how to diversify and grow local manufacturing.
In his opening speech Mr Ryan was optimistic about the future of local manufacturing, saying: “The good news is the manufacturing sector is not in ‘terminal decline’. In fact, quite the opposite!
“It is a vital and rapidly evolving sector of the Australian economy and there are a few facts that illustrate this claim. The sector is the fourth largest contributor to the nation’s gross domestic product, and it is also the fourth biggest employer in the country.
“Last year, the sector also accounted for a third of the total value of all goods exported from Australia and it invests more than any other industry sector in research and development.
“In short, all of us work in a very diverse, high value‐adding sector, which has productive and strong linkages to many growing industries in the agriculture, resources and services sectors of the economy.”
Mr Ryan said there were numerous examples of successful and growing firms in niche and advanced manufacturing, supporting areas such as resources, food and beverages, engineering and metals fabrication, information and communication technologies, the environment, health, and leisure and recreation.
Speakers at the Showcase exemplified the success of many companies. The audience heard about the success of companies such as SRX Global, an Electronic Contract Manufacturing company which won ‘Victorian Large Manufacturer of the Year 2014’ and Relay Monitoring Systems, a supplier of electrical protection and control products with 80% of its production exported as well as Textor Technologies, which exports its products to the global healthcare fabrics market.
Other speakers were from power transformer manufacturer Wilson Transformers, steel and mining industry supplier Calibre Minerva, and building company Hickory Group, the only specialist modular building body in Australia. ICN CEO Don Matthews provided an excellent summary of the ‘take home’ messages from the event.
The event was held at Chisholm Institute’s Dandenong Campus and Chisholm CEO Maria Peters urged the attendees to continue to celebrate the positive stories about the manufacturing industry.
“Together we can continue to create and promote a shared vision of a successful and enduring manufacturing sector in Victoria and beyond, expanding globally and together strengthen the capacity of industry to embrace change,” Ms Peters said. “With the changing face of the manufacturing industry, it is important that we are able to work together to build a positive future.”
Event Date & Venue
Date: Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Time: 7:45am (for registration) till 2pm (including lunch from 12pm)
Venue: Chisholm Institute
Automotive Centre, Building R
121 Stud Road
Dandenong VIC 3175
Seats are filling up fast, so CLICK HERE and register today.