2021 is coming to a close, and it has been a mighty year of transition for Australian manufacturing.
The sector has been consistently growing and kicking goals in some areas crucial to the future.
Big news has been in the renewables sector where an essential switch from fossil fuel power generation to solar PV, wind and battery backup is accelerating, and massive projects are progressing in the generation of green hydrogen and ammonia to power local industry and substitute for fossil fuel exports.
There has been substitution aplenty of local production for imports as extended import supply chains come under strain, and local manufacturers step up to fill the gap.
Politically, manufacturing has never been at the centre of such intense debate and support from all levels of government.
Progress in bringing Australian SMEs into local and global defence supply chains has been a standout achievement, and has shown the way for more active industry policy to support local innovation and production.
However as we end 2021 the Covid-19 pandemic continues, and along the way has claimed the lives of some in the extended manufacturing family – a source of sadness for us all.
Nonetheless we hope you have appreciated our brand of ethical manufacturing journalism, one which unlike our competitors, does not publish paid advertising material disguised as editorial.
See you in January with more good news stories, industry leader and AMF member viewpoints, and analysis and insights by our editors.
And how better to celebrate than with Australian tinsel made by Tinsel Werks in Geelong, Victoria (pictured).
– Brent Balinski and Peter Roberts, founders @AuManufacturing and Australian Manufacturing Forum.
Picture: Party Werks
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