Revitalising SA's manufacturing industry

Tuesday, 21 September 1999

A new conference in Adelaide will bring together leading industry analysts from around the nation and overseas to develop a practical and innovative approach to revitalise South Australia's manufacturing sector.

Can it be done? Can we compete not only with other States, but also with the rest of the world? What are the strategies for growth which South Australian industry and the government need to act on to take us into the 21st century?

The conference, called "Manufacturing Prosperity", will look at South Australia's competitive future in manufacturing from a realistic and positive point of view. The conference will be launched by the Treasurer, Mr Rob Lucas, at the Adelaide Festival Centre on September 21.

International keynote speaker for the conference is The Rt Hon Lord John Eatwell, an economist of world repute who has taught economics at Cambridge University since 1970. In the British House of Lords he was principal spokesman on treasury and economic affairs.

Joining Lord Eatwell will be some of the most respected industry leaders, economic analysts and commentators in Australia, including representatives from the SA Centre for Manufacturing, Department of Industry and Trade, AusIndustry, business and academia.

"South Australia is leading the nation in productivity and export growth, and manufacturing currently accounts for a major slice of all research and development in this State," says conference organiser, speaker and Principal Industry Analyst with Adelaide University's Centre for Labour Research, Mr Rodin Genoff.

"The challenge for South Australia is to build on the strengths of our innovative manufacturing industries by developing practical strategies to grow these 'industries of the future'.

"This conference is ideal for anyone involved in business, from manufacturing, product development, research development, engineering and scientific services, to the provision of legal and financial services, or in government dealing with day-to-day issues of employment generation and industrial renewal.

"The Manufacturing Prosperity conference will identify practical strategies and government programs to build the dynamics of future prosperity. A sophisticated manufacturing base is vital to a turn-around both in living standards and employment growth in this State."

WHERE: Adelaide Festival Centre
WHEN: 8.30 am - 1.45 pm Tuesday, September 21


Contact Details

Mr Rodin Genoff
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 3636
Mobile: 014 478 005

Ms Robyn Mills
Media and Communications Officer
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 6341
Mobile: +61 410 689 084

Mr David Ellis
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5414
Mobile: +61 (0)421 612 762