Published 27-04-2021
| Article appears in April 2021 Issue

Return of manufacturing a subject close to our hearts

27-04-2021
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Thank you for reading Industry Update, which is now in its 26th year of publication. Our print edition has 76,968 readers who page through it to stay on top of what’s happening in both manufacturing and in industry in general. You can read the online edition of our April/May magazine here.

Industry Update is proud to be the go-to source for news and views. We aim to give our readers a better understanding of the issues of the day and inform them about the latest and greatest from Australian manufacturers and distributors.

There are few areas more topical at the moment than the return of manufacturing to our shores – a subject close to our hearts at Industry Update. You will find it is a recurring theme throughout the magazine. For example, on page 11 of the magazine we have a story based on a survey of more than 500 senior manufacturing employees in Australia. It reveals that more than half of those who have offshored their operations intend to bring them back by 2023.

Starting on page 12, we also have 10 pages dedicated to Australian manufacturing, led by an in-depth look at the upcoming Australian Made Week being organised by the Australian Made Campaign. This campaign will run towards the end of May and should help draw attention to the myriad facets of local manufacturing. Our stories also explain everything there is to know about Australian Made, including how to register for a licence to use the iconic green and gold kangaroo logo.

Another important issue affecting many of us is the role of women in industry, and in particular in manufacturing. In the words of Dr Jens Goennemann (see page 14), the Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre: “Australian manufacturing is the engine room of advancement underpinning our moves from a lucky country to a smart country and women must play a bigger role."

We also have commentary from former Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews and advice from several women who have excelled in their careers in manufacturing.

We again feature guest editorials from prominent politicians, although regular columnist Karen Andrews has moved on from her role and is now Minister for Home Affairs. Former Attorney-General Christian Porter has stepped in as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science but was on medical leave at the time of going to press. We would like to welcome Ed Husic, Shadow Minister for Industry and Innovation, as a columnist.

Also look out for our coverage of workplace health and safety, which focuses on mental health and Covid-19 vaccination scams, as well as a story about a company that makes automotive testing equipment alongside peanut butter machines. Our article on manufacturing success story PackServ (Page 30), which makes manufacturing machinery, is also worth a read.

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