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Department of State Growth

Advanced manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing

Tasmania proudly supports manufacturing and our state has a long history of manufacturing innovation and achievement.

The Tasmanian Government defines advanced manufacturing as:    

  • Those manufacturing businesses that utilise continuous improvement, enhanced skills, new technologies, and design and systems integration in order to drive innovation and growth throughout the value chain.
    • Advanced manufacturers ensure that customers receive the best quality, cost and delivery (QCD) in products and services.
    • Small to medium advanced manufacturers aim to deliver high value, niche and customised premium products and services in low to medium volume supply chains.

The government recognises the significance of the sector in the Tasmanian economy, and its future potential.

To grow and support the sector the government, through broad industry consultation, has developed a five-year Tasmanian Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan.

The plan outlines 15 key actions. The broad objective of the plan is to help facilitate growth and transition the sector to being more globally competitive. It identifies the key priorities for the advanced manufacturing sector including:      

  • support innovation and continuous improvement within the sector            
  • support greater representation and collaboration, within and outside of Tasmania            
  • develop industry required education and skills            
  • support market access activities            
  • raise the profile and create a Brand for the Tasmanian advanced manufacturing industry.

Advanced manufacturing action plan

Advanced Manufacturing Marketing Expansion Program

The Advanced Manufacturing Marketing Expansion Program is designed to enable Tasmanian advanced manufacturing enterprises to undertake market development activities to establish new interstate and international markets.

View more about the program here

Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Growth Voucher System

The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Growth Voucher System is designed to encourage Tasmanian advanced manufacturing enterprises to choose a pathway to undertake innovation and growth initiatives thereby improving their competitiveness.

View more about the program here

Caterpillar Transition Taskforce      

The Caterpillar Transition Taskforce was established by the Tasmanian Government in April 2015 and chaired by Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff.

Its role was to understand the ramifications in Burnie and the broader north west/north region of Tasmanian of the downsizing of Caterpillar, and to consider local solutions and ideas that would enable stimulus activity to support the region and sector to recover and grow. Tasmania has a long and proud history of manufacturing innovation and achievement. The sector is resilient and there is much reason to be optimistic.

The industry's willingness to identify new opportunities for the sector, has been very positive and marks a great future for advanced manufacturing in Tasmania. Industry lead initiatives include 

  • For the first time, the Tasmanian manufacturing industry has the support of a single, state wide industry association, the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC). TMEC will represent the sector, linking business through new opportunities and diversification, enhancing the capability that already exists and maximising the capacity within the sector.      
  • The release of a new and exciting promotional video showcasing the capabilities of the Tasmanian manufacturing industry.  

The Caterpillar Transition Taskforce (taskforce) released its final report on 26 May 2016.


Manufacturing in Tasmania

Advanced manufacturing (PDF 157 KB) (WORD 599 KB)      

Caterpillar Transition Taskforce Final Report May 2016 (PDF 4MB)