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Manufacturing in Queensland is a highly diverse industry with growth sectors including aviation, biofuels and biomanufacturing, defence, fibre composites, machinery and equipment, marine, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, mining equipment and technology services, processed food and renewable energies.

Manufacturing is also an important contributor to other Queensland industries like agriculture, building and construction, resources, health care and community services.

Although concentrated in Brisbane, manufacturing also has a strong regional presence and is a significant employer in regional economies.

What is advanced manufacturing?

Advanced manufacturing incorporates niche market products and a range of activities from design and research and development (R&D), to production, distribution and after-sales services. It focuses not only on products but also on value-adding across the entire value chain and includes:

  • collaborative R&D and design-led thinking
  • innovative business models and effective supply chain capabilities
  • the effective use of disruptive technologies and systems and cutting-edge materials
  • a focus on customisation and exports
  • world best practices and processes
  • new ways to manufacture existing products and the manufacture of new products
  • the provision of high value-added services and innovative solutions.

Manufacturing's economic contribution in Queensland

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$20.3 billion contributed to economy
169,700 manufacturing employment
$16 billion in exports
$532 million in research and development
$2.3 billion in capital expenditure

Opportunities in Queensland's manufacturing value chains

As well as a focus on advanced manufacturing niches and high-value markets where Queensland has a competitive advantage, the future of manufacturing in Queensland is strongly linked to achieving success in manufacturing value chains.

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Innovation
Supply chains and business capabilities
Production
Exports and distribution
Service solutions

The future of manufacturing in Queensland

Over the next decade, the disruptive impact of technology, the growing middle class in the Indo-Pacific region, the aging world population, and the significant movement in people and data, sustainability demands and security requirements will shape Queensland's future industry growth opportunities. In this environment, a strong manufacturing industry will be integral to a growing and prosperous economy.

Queensland's manufacturing industry can build on its existing strengths and benefit from emerging market opportunities by being agile and responsive to disruptive changes. The state must foster innovative and sustainable businesses producing low-volume, high-value, customised products. Manufacturing SMEs will also provide pre-production and post-sales services and be active participants in dynamic global supply chains.

To be innovative and technologically advanced, the industry must continue transitioning from broad-based to advanced manufacturing. To support this systemic shift, it is essential that the state's manufacturing businesses are able to operate within a predictable business environment that encourages innovation, investment and growth.

The Queensland Government is strongly committed to providing an environment where the state's manufacturing industry can grow, diversify, and deliver stronger economic, regional and employment growth. The government will seek to strategically position the state as an internationally recognised location for niche manufacturing capabilities, products, services and solutions.