It’s been tough times for manufacturing in NSW over the last few weeks with over 1000 jobs lost in the industry.

 

The Central West towns of Orange and Bathurst have lost most of them with the announcements that Electrolux and Downer EDI are closing and Simplot downsizing.

Despite this manufacturing remains one of the largest industries in the state accounting for $35 billion of the states output and, at around 280,000 employees, 8 % of the state’s employment.

So the industry has a future in NSW but it needs support and direction.

As a consequence of its Manufacturing Industry Action Plan published in September last year the NSW government is best placed to provide that support and direction.

The plan drawn up by a taskforce makes ten recommendations that will it believes will boost the state’s manufacturing industry.

These recommendations include promoting manufacturing as an engine of innovation across the state, utilising procurement to develop the industry in NSW, improving management capability, improving the access for small to medium enterprises to finance, and encouraging greater collaboration between research institutions and the industry.

It’s unclear to me how many of these recommendations the NSW government has taken up but the Central West would be a good place to start.

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