Dalla-Riva praises manufacturing sector's contribution

Minister praises role of manufacturing sector during a visit to PACCAR Australia

July 27, 2011

The Victorian Government has praised the state’s manufacturing sector as playing a strategic role in the automotive industry.

Victorian Minister for Manufacturing and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva visited four companies in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs yesterday, saying the sector is important to the region as it employs local people and has flow-on effects for the whole community.

He visited Denso Automotive Systems Australia, Assemco, Hychill Australia and Paccar Australia.

"(These manufacturers) are constantly working to improve efficiency and productivity, develop new products and markets and utilise new technology to meet these challenges," Dalla-Riva says.

"The Victorian Government is committed to strengthening the manufacturing industry which provides more than $30 billion in gross state product, employs more than 300,000 people and continues to be Victoria’s leading export sector.

"Our approach is about backing local innovation, creating more jobs and supporting the sector in dealing with challenges like the strong Australian dollar, increased international competition and accelerating technological change."

Paccar Australia employs 850 staff and has designed and manufactured more than 45,000 Kenworth trucks at its Bayswater plant since 1971. It also imports DAF trucks.

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