The Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva last week launched a blueprint to guide the future growth of Victoria’s $2 billion recreational vehicle manufacturing industry.
Minister Dalla-Riva believes Victoria was the heartland of Australia’s caravan and Recreational Vehicle (RV) manufacturing, and the industry needs a co-ordinated approach to ensure its future was productive, competitive and export focused.
“Victoria is home to more than 90 manufacturers of RVs, who produce more than 80 per cent of Australia’s national production and have 2.5 per cent of the world market – a significant figure considering we compete with the United States and European manufacturers in this sector,” Mr Dalla-Riva said.
“There are also more than 60 component suppliers, over 100 caravan and RV dealers and more than 400 caravan parks. There are also more than 5,000 people directly employed across 700 enterprises, which means that the industry supports tourism, retail and other small businesses markets.”The Victorian Coalition Government recognised the need for an industry blueprint and provided funds to the Caravan Trade and Industries Association of Victoria to develop a five-year plan.”
Mr Dalla-Riva also added that caravan manufacturers need to become more competitive locally and globally by developing new technologies and techniques in collaboration with research institutions.
“The Blueprint recommends creating a culture of collaboration at all levels, with research bodies, to boost productivity and innovative capacity.
“The blueprint is directly in line with the Coalition Government’s manufacturing strategy which aims to lift the productivity, competitiveness and export potential of Victorian manufacturing.
“Victorian manufacturing is our single largest full-time employer with more than 300,000 people in over 25,000 businesses. It is also a leading exporter, worth $15.3 billion last year,” Mr Dalla-Riva said.