Friday, May 24, 2024

Minister unveils new plan to build advanced manufacturing sector

A plan to accelerate the growth and transformation of New Zealand’s advanced manufacturing sector was launched in Auckland today by Economic Development Minister, Stuart Nash.

The Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) is one of eight ITPs created to increase productivity and performance in key sectors of the economy.

“The advanced manufacturing sector has significant untapped potential to increase productivity and high wage jobs, and to support the transition to a globally competitive, low emissions economy.  This plan sets out how that can be achieved,” Minister Nash said.

“The Government is focused on the issues in front of New Zealanders right now – cost of living and recovering from Cyclone Gabrielle. These plans set out how we can transform industries by increasing innovation and productivity, and will drive higher wages and living standards in a non-inflationary way.

The plan will also strengthen regional areas – including those severely impacted by recent extreme weather, the Minister said.

“Advanced manufacturing accounts for 10% of our economy and jobs and 73.5% of goods exports. Almost half of these jobs are in regional New Zealand,” he said.                         

“There is also overwhelming sector support for urgent action to increase capital investment in advanced manufacturing and to develop and attract a diverse high-skill high-wage workforce.”  

As a first step, the Government has committed $30 million to implement a number of immediate actions identified in the Plan. This includes $3.65 million for company-specific advice on adopting advanced technologies and processes, $4 million to upskill manufacturing workers in digital skills, and $2.9 million for company-specific support to achieve circular low-emissions manufacturing.

Chief Executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association and Co-Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing ITP Steering Group, Brett O’Riley said the strong partnership approach to the plan will be key to its ongoing success.

He says that by continuing to work together, world class advanced manufacturing capability can be built in New Zealand businesses, increasing productivity and lifting both incomes and profits.

That sentiment was echoed by Rachel Mackintosh, fellow Co-Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing ITP Steering Group and Vice-President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi and Assistant National Secretary of E Tū.

She said the ITP will help transform the industry so that people will choose to work in advanced manufacturing for generations to come.

The Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan was launched by Stuart Nash on a visit to Temperzone, an air conditioning manufacturer based in South Auckland.

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