2020 was a big year for the Australian Manufacturing Forum Linkedin group and its @AuManufacturing news and analysis website, but 2021 promises to be even bigger.
Riding on a wave of renewed enthusiasm for local manufacturing the Forum, the largest on social media, passed 6,000 members, and is fast heading towards 7,000.
And @AuManufacturing, propelled by our crowd-sourced New Deal Plan for manufacturing, more than doubled its readership.
For this year we plan a number of innovations, with the first announced today – a dedicated defence industry section and a deeper focus on this important sector.
Defence industry has emerged as a driver for high technology in Australian manufacturing, helping grow the capabilities of our largely SME manufacturing sector and enabling many to enter global supply chains – a crucial success factor lost with the demise of car manufacturing.
Our reporting is now displayed on our website under three tabs – manufacturing news, defence industry and technology, though admittedly there are many overlaps, all enriched by commentary and analysis by our editors and numerous guest experts and frontline manufacturers.
We will reveal more developments as the year progresses.
Best wishes to all those working to advance Australian manufacturing in 2021.
– Peter Roberts and Brent Balinski, editors, @AuManufacturing
Picture: Defence Teaming Centre 2020 Leadership Breakfast/BAE Systems Australia continuous naval shipbuilding strategy director, Sharon Wilson, and Peter Roberts
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