Exploring the viability of new advanced manufacturing hub

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The McGowan Government has allocated $485,000 towards a study into the feasibility of an advanced manufacturing hub in the South-West.

A facility in Bunbury Geographe that will provide local access to infrastructure, technology, training, education and research is being considered as part of efforts to bring more manufacturing back to WA, support industry and unlock jobs.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan believes that WA has the capability to be manufacturing much more than what it is currently doing.

“We know that the skills and services developed by our mining expertise can drive local manufacturing.”

“We are inspired by success stories of numerous South West advanced manufacturers – this study will show where the industry has the potential to grow, build capability and become more competitive,” Ms MacTiernan said in a statement.

The announcement of the study follows on from industry roundtables held in Bunbury that were kick-started by Minister MacTiernan.

By boosting business capability and capacity to develop new supply chains that would capitalise on global markets, the hub would support hundreds of future jobs, including apprenticeships.

Meanwhile Bunbury MLA Don Punch said he believes in the capabilities of local businesses including advanced manufacturing and that there is room to expand this sector.

“The South-West region with its access to port, rail and road supply chain infrastructure, available industrial land, highly trained workers, and local supplies of key minerals and other resources is ideally placed to host a manufacturing hub.”

“It is fantastic to see State Government, local government and the private sector coming together for the good of the local economy and creating the jobs of the future.”