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New Taskforce Set to Reinvigorate Nsw Modern Manufacturing

A new taskforce announced today will renew NSW’s manufacturing sector, with the aim of accelerating adoption and development of modern manufacturing capabilities across industry sectors in Australia’s largest manufacturing state.


Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade Stuart Ayres said the Modern Manufacturing Taskforce brings together research, academia and industry experts to drive innovation, productivity and competitiveness in NSW, and generate more and better jobs.


“NSW already has an excellent reputation in manufacturing, in sectors ranging from food and beverage to aerospace. This group will hone the opportunity we have post-COVID to address challenges to build a manufacturing powerhouse,” Mr Ayres said.


As announced by the Premier in December, the Modern Manufacturing Taskforce will be chaired by business leader Tony Shepherd AO. It also comprises:


  • Chris Jenkins – Country Director and CEO, Thales Australia
  • Dr Bronwyn Evans AM – CEO, Engineers Australia
  • Professor Roy Green – Special Innovation Adviser, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), University of Technology Sydney
  • Dig Howitt – CEO and President, Cochlear


Over a four-month period, the taskforce will identify and review opportunities to strengthen local research, collaboration and partnerships between government, research institutions and industry to grow modern manufacturing capabilities in NSW.


A report will consolidate its recommendations to inform a revised NSW manufacturing strategy, to be prepared by a to-be-appointed Modern Manufacturing Commissioner.


“Taskforce members have specialist experience and skills, relevant network connections and an understanding of the NSW business environment and opportunities for modern manufacturing,” said Mr Shepherd.


Recruitment for the Commissioner is open until 13 March 2022, via iworkfornsw.


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