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 food and wine, naval ships 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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