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.

Research and development through to full commercialisation is a very strong focus within the State. There are numerous examples of collaboration between business, universities and government working together on future industries and advanced manufacturing with strengths in emerging technologies such as photonics, nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, advanced materials and robotics.


In South Australia, you’ll find:

  • Advanced supply chains developed over 100 years of manufacturing history
  • The largest share of Australia’s defence spend
  • An ideal environment for research, testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles with supportive legislation and growing local ecosystem of industry and academia as part of this rapidly developing global sector
  • A$253 million transformative investment in Australia’s first innovation district, Tonsley
  • Affordable skilled labour costs compared with other capitals
  • A critical mass of aerospace companies with strengths in engineering, test and evaluation, systems integration and through-life-support
  • A vibrant food and beverage processing and packaging industry
  • Leading levels on investment in renewable energy sources and low carbon initiatives.

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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