Second-ever Australian Made Week gets underway

The second Australian Made Week – running June 6 – 12 – has begun, highlighting the difference that buying locally-made products has on Australian businesses and employment.

“Roy Morgan research shows that 93% of Australians believe it is important to build up local manufacturing to protect Australians from problems with the supply of products made overseas,” said Australian Made Chief Executive Ben Lazzaro, whose group certifies over 4,200 companies.

“When you buy Australian Made, you have a direct economic impact on the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Australians throughout the supply chain.”

The campaign follows AMW’s introduction last year, with a Roy Morgan survey finding that this led to 70 per cent of Australians polled increasing their efforts to prioritise local products while shopping, and 74 per cent concerned by the proportion of goods sold here that are made overseas.

The campaign includes a new video shot at Luus Industries, a family-owned catering equipment maker located in Melbourne’s west.

“Our family has been in the industry for over 20 years and is committed to supporting the growth of manufacturing in Melbourne and Australia,” said the company’s Ao Luu in a statement.

“Luus has a workforce of 65 employees whose diverse skills and specialties range from engineering, steel fabricating and welding, through to accounting, sales and marketing. We have so much capability and expertise in this country that we don’t want to lose due to overreliance on imported goods.”

Australian Made Week Ambassador Adam Liaw added: “I’m encouraging people to get involved in Australian Made Week by asking when they’re making purchases – whether it’s flowers, woks or socks – to go for Australian Made or Grown and make buying local a regular shopping habit for the other 51 weeks of the year.” 

Australian Made Week coincides with the inaugural Australian Manufacturing Week Expo, running Tuesday until Friday at Sydney’s International Convention Centre, and this publication’s Celebrating Australian Made editorial series, which began May 30 and runs the rest of the week.

@AuManufacturing’s editorial series – Celebrating Australian Made – is brought to you with the support of the Australian Made Campaign Ltd, licensor of the Australian Made logo. For more information about using the logo, visit this link.

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