Is there hope for Manufacturing in Australia?

William Murphy
2 min readMar 6


It’s time for another AI-fuelled trip through history, courtesy of ChatGPT with a little help from Concrete Digital.

I’m going to take you on a wild ride through the past, present, and future of the manufacturing industry in Australia.

Let’s start with the past, shall we? Back in the day, manufacturing in Australia was booming, with factories churning out everything from cars to TVs to Vegemite. But as time went on, cheaper labor costs in other countries and an increasingly globalized economy caused the industry to take a bit of a hit.

Scene of futuristic city where a Porsche is parked

But fear not, because the present is actually looking pretty good for manufacturing in Australia.

Thanks to advancements in technology, automation, and innovation — and close parterships across local supply chains — the industry is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. From 3D printing to robotics, Aussie manufacturers are finding new and exciting ways to make products faster, better, and cheaper than ever before.

And now, onto the future. It’s impossible to predict exactly what’s going to happen, but one thing is for sure: manufacturing in Australia will require partnerships to succeed. Whether it’s collaboration between businesses, government investment, or cooperation with other industries, working together is going to be key.

But enough of the serious stuff, let’s reminisce a little.

Did you know that Australia used to manufacture its own cars? Yep, that’s right. The Holden and Ford factories were once the pride of the Aussie automotive industry. But in 2017, Holden shut down production, and now the only cars made in Australia are Toyotas.

Another funny yarn (if we can call the last one funny): back in the 1960s, the Australian government apparently launched a campaign to promote local manufacturing. The slogan? “Australian-made, Australian-grown, it’s good to know.” Unfortunately, the ad agency responsible for the campaign didn’t do their research, and one of the products featured in the ad was actually made in New Zealand. Oops!

In conclusion, the manufacturing industry in Australia has had its ups and downs, but there’s reason to be optimistic about the future.

By working together and embracing innovation, Aussie manufacturers can continue to make great products and contribute to the economy. And who knows, maybe we’ll even start making our own cars again someday. Until then, let’s all raise a cold one to the good old days of Australian manufacturing while we rev up the 3D printer. Cheers!

This article was written by humans and AI, working together.



William Murphy