- Existing Business
Ballarat’s manufacturing industry has been the pillar of the local economy for more than a century and is by far the largest contributor to Ballarat’s economy with an annual output of $3.142b and $1.941b in regional exports (Source: Remplan 2018, release 1).
Manufacturing is a large contributor to local expenditure with more than $685m circulating in the local economy (Source: Remplan 2018, release 1). It’s an industry with a strong and solid future based on diversity of product and a strong export focus.
There are existing and emerging clusters in automotive, industrial machinery, food processing and furniture production. While there are a number of small-medium sized niche enterprises operating within the manufacturing sector, the majority of employment is generated by a group of major operators which include Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Haymes Paints, MaxiTRANS (Australia’s largest supplier of road transport trailing solutions), McCain Foods (Aust) Pty Ltd, Selkirk Brick, Alstom and Bombardier.
Future opportunities for the manufacturing sector in Ballarat include a focus on value-add production in emerging technology-related sectors such as agritech, biotech and envirotech.