Sourcing in Australia

Overview by
Type of Production
As a country which traditionally imported finished goods, it became industrialized in its recent history and its industry is on a modest scale with only 10% of the Australian active population employed by the sector and 20% of GDP (versus 77% for the tertiary sector). The manufacturing industry is built up around the agri-food industry (19.8% of the workforce); machines and equipment (18.9%), processing metals and metal goods (18.2%) and the chemical -petrochemical industry (13.3%).
Sectors such as automobile, building and agri-food equipment frequently use sub-contractors and offer certain opportunities.
Manufacturers Associations of the Main Industries
Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association
Master Builders Association Australia

Type of Manufacturers

Original Equipment Manufacturers
OEMs in Australia are generally manufacturers of spare parts for the automobile industry, the mining industry, and industrial and electronic equipment.
Original Design Manufacturers
A few subcontractors have had to adapt to the requirements of their industrial clients and take a bigger part in the industrial production process. They have gone from the simple task of making parts to that of helping with decision making or marketing. They are exceptions as in the furniture sector.
Subcontracting is an extensive and dynamic sector. It is particularly well-developed in the fields of the automobile industry, the mining industry, aeronautics, industrial equipment for electronics and textiles. Australian subcontractors provide high-quality services and products as their workforce is highly qualified. Some subcontractors are also chosen for their renown. They are appreciated for their ability to innovate which, nevertheless, would deserve investment in Research and Development which they cannot always carry out because of the need to reduce production costs.
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