Manufacturing is the largest sector in the region representing $7.9 billion in industry output and employs some 11,604 people.
Manufacturing is a key source of innovation, technology and skills transfer for the local economy. Wollongong boasts a growing number of leading organisations who successfully compete domestically and internationally for business. These include BlueScope, MM Kembla, Bisalloy Steels, David Brown Gear Industries, Vesuvius, Stolway, Leussink Engineering, Fibre Optics Design and Construct and Alminco.
The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)
AIIM is a purpose-built facility at the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus to help transform multi-functional materials research into commercial reality. The researchers at AIIM are at the cutting edge of developing and applying new and innovative materials. AIIM is the first facility that bridges the gaps between breakthroughs, prototyping and commercialisation.
The multidisciplinary focus of the Institute brings together biologists, clinicians, chemists, physicist’s engineers and materials scientists.
AIIM comprises three research organisations and a microscopy facility:
- The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES)
- The Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI)
- The Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM)
- The University of Wollongong Electron Microscopy Centre (EMC)
i3net is a not-for-profit network of manufacturers and industrial service providers, whose clients are involved in the mining, minerals processing, infrastructure, energy and defence industries.
The network consists of a diverse range of member companies from sole traders to multinationals and creates opportunities for members to take part in activities such as networking, exploring tendering opportunities, joint marketing initiatives and project bids, training, workshops and information sessions.
i3net markets the combined capability of its members, provides business development and training opportunities and promotes the Illawarra as a manufacturing and engineering region of excellence.
i3net hold meetings where large project-based companies are invited to present, followed by intimate networking with members. Members also get the opportunity to display their products and services at the annual Illawarra Manufacturing Showcase.
Tony Green, Executive Officer
Ph: 0401 030 023