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Victoria showcases manufacturing capacity of Dandenong companies

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The Napthine Government today highlighted the diversity and ingenuity of Victorian manufacturing firms and discussed opportunities for new business at a major event at the Chisholm Institute in Dandenong.

Gordon Rich-Phillips, Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region, welcomed the opening of the Victorian Manufacturing Showcase 2014, which presents success stories in the sector and promotes the state as the ‘hub of manufacturing’ in Australia.

“The Victorian Manufacturing Showcase 2014 is themed around ‘Embracing Change and Opportunity’ and is open to hundreds of manufacturers,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Participants are able to see how other manufacturing businesses are evolving through innovation in areas such as product design, research and development, information and communications technology and leadership.

“The south-east region is a significant contributor to Victoria’s manufacturing output, accounting for nearly half of the state’s manufactured product, and this event will further serve to highlight and promote the manufacturing capabilities of our region, as well as inspire and help to open doors for all manufacturers to other industry sectors.

“The showcase is also a platform to emphasise opportunities for manufacturers who have embraced innovation, whether they are in food, advanced materials, defence, infrastructure or mining and transport,” he said.

Minister for Manufacturing David Hodgett said the showcase was a response to the changing needs of the manufacturing community and represented a coordinated way of opening doors for all manufacturers to future industry sectors.

“In particular, the Victorian Coalition Government has been very active in promoting diversification in the automotive supply sector and the many industry speakers at the showcase provide a wealth of insight and experience,” Mr Hodgett said.

“The showcase also assists manufacturers to understand the requirements for market entry into new sectors including relevant rules and regulations, product timelines and requirements, and supply chain needs.

“The Coalition Government has outlined a clear vision for job creation in Victoria, and programs such as these which support local manufacturers right around the state are an important component in our Jobs in the 21st Century plan to create 200,000 new jobs over the next four years,” he said.

For more event details, visit www.business.vic.gov.au/manufacturingshowcase  
Media contacts: Cathy Stanislawski / Janet Cummings 9794 7667
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