Manufacturing is an integral part of the Gympie region’s economy. Our region is experiencing growth in major infrastructure projects, has a strong manufacturing business base and is home to some of Australia’s market leaders in the manufacturing industry.
Manufacturing has used the region’s traditional primary industries and added value to the agricultural, freight and logistics sectors.
The manufacturing industry in the Gympie region achieved $792 million in output during 2019/2020 and is the largest exporter, view economic profile (Source: .id).
- 1717 people or 10.6 per cent of employed people worked in manufacturing in the Gympie region in 2019/2020.
- The total output of manufacturing in the Gympie region in 2019/2020 was $792 million.
- International exports accounted for over 22 per cent of sales.
- There are 189 registered manufacturing businesses in the Gympie region.
Multinational companies, major exporters and locally owned manufacturers produce a diverse range of goods and services. These include heavy equipment for the mining, agricultural and transport industries as well as major timber processing and value-added products and food products.
Heavy manufacturing businesses are capitalising on opportunities to supply products and services in a region offering affordable land and availability of labour. Service based businesses are exploring new boundaries in innovation and creativity.
Our strong economy, efficient transport network, ready supply of raw materials, stable workforce and well-priced industrial land provide the opportunity for expansion and diversification in a wide range of manufacturing sectors.
Already one of the largest components of the regional economy, manufacturing is set for further growth due to:
- Competitively priced industrial land and lower costs of production
- Access to a skilled and experienced regional workforce with low housing costs
- A strong transport network to provide goods to market - room to expand in the future
- Sound infrastructure including reliable power and water supply
- Access to raw materials.
A key focus in manufacturing globally is on production technology and innovation. Developing new business models using updated data and innovative pricing structures. Information technology and research and development are important investments in the manufacturing industry to achieve new growth.
- Productivity gains through innovation.
- Further development of manufacturing linked to natural resources in the region (for example primary production, mining and forestry).
- Clustering with existing manufacturing organisations to drive growth.
- Capitalising on a long history of successful manufacturing in the Gympie region.
- Accessing land with lower acquisition and operating costs than equivalent industrial land in adjoining SEQ locations.
- Opportunities for regional growth and development facilitated by the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme.
- Capacity to plan for the future with room to grow for the next 20 to 50 years.
- A sizeable business community with in excess of 4500 businesses (including major manufacturers) and with an estimated gross regional product of around $2.2 billion (Source: .id).