| Article appears in April 2020 Issue



I have been absolutely amazed at how incredibly well the Australian manufacturing industry has held up over the last few months since COVID-19 hit our shores. As you may have read on the front cover of this edition of Industry Update Magazine, St.George Bank, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA recently conducted an extensive survey of the manufacturing industry and found that 92% of manufacturers are operating. A truly amazing result, but not at all surprising. As I have learnt over the last 30 years, the Australian manufacturing industry is made of steel and has survived multiple and substantial societal upheavals. Leaders and survivors are not defined by circumstances! That adage has never been more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia has stood up to the challenge. It now looks likely that we will defeat this insidious and destructive virus with an effort that's wholly Australian Made.

Australian Made!
I am also really excited to announce that from this edition, we welcome back the Australian Made Logo organisation, with whom we have partnered with for many years. Check out the first of our new Australian Made features on page 16. An Australian Made feature will be published in every edition of Industry Update Magazine for the next twelve months. Please contact me, or a team member, if you would like to have your business profiled in a future edition Australian Made feature!



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