Manufacturing has long been a key foundation of South Australia’s economy. With a deep, technical skills base developed from the automotive and defence sectors, the industry provides a solid platform for new and existing manufacturers to grow and invest.

As a result, South Australia is developing and producing goods as diverse as water recycling equipment, premium wine, warships and submarines, agricultural equipment and health and medical devices.

Technology is playing a central role in the competitiveness of South Australia’s advanced manufacturing industry, supporting innovation, driving product and service development and improving performance.

For manufacturing companies, South Australia provides access to a local research and development sector with strengths in emerging technologies such as photonics, nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, advanced materials and robotics.

Adelaide is the confirmed build location for the Federal Government’s $50 billion Future Submarine program – the largest defence manufacturing procurement in the nation’s history.

Invest for rich thinking in a clever state

In South Australia, you’ll find:

  • advanced supply chains with a skilled workforce developed over 100 years of manufacturing history
  • 25% of Australia’s specialist defence businesses and 32% of the nation’s defence spend
  • The most progressive autonomous vehicle legislation in the Southern Hemisphere creating significant opportunities for autonomous vehicle development
  • $253 million investment in Australia’s first innovation district at Tonsley
  • Affordable skilled labour costs when compared to other capital cities (16% cost advantage over NSW – PwC report)
  • A critical mass of aerospace companies with strengths in engineering, test and evaluation, systems integration and through-life-support
  • The Data To Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC), helping South Australian manufacturers use big data to improve productivity, competitiveness and increase profitability

Download a copy of our Future industries and advanced manufacturing sector brochure



Andrew Cooper
Ph: +61 8 8303 2432
Mobile: +61 481 914 465
Email: andrew.cooper2@sa.gov.au

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