Local manufacturers need support to continue creating world class products

Shadown Minister for Industry and Innovation, Ed Husic and Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, visit manufacturers on the Coast

Manufacturers on the Central Coast are reportedly punching well above their weight, innovating, designing and building world-class products.

This was the key message from Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, who was joined by Shadow Minister for Industry and Innovation, Ed Husic, was on the Coast on April 21 to hear from local manufacturers about their achievements and the challenges of developing their businesses on the Coast.

One such business is TrendPac, located at Berkeley Vale.

TrendPac is a contract manufacturer specialising in personal care and household cleaning products, supplying large retailers since the 1960s.

TrendPac employs more than 220 locals and has continuously innovated, building their capacity with a strong commitment to R&D and sustainability.

Another is the team at Bioaction, Tuggerah, who have also developed leading technology in odour and corrosion in waste water management to protect valuable infrastructure.

With clients across the country, this local business is creating high-quality, skilled jobs on the Coast.

The Marshmallow Co. in Wyong has built its business from the ground up with growth in demand since 2020 leading to new premises with a larger kitchen.

Marshmallow Co serve marshmallows and desserts to locals and export hundreds of orders interstate each week.

“We need to think of new ways to support local manufacturing in Australia,” Husic said.

“We have the smarts; we have the capacity.

“All local manufacturers need is a government on their side to ensure that local ideas, such as those at TrendPac, Bioaction and Marshmallow Co, can thrive.”

Difficulties in obtaining capital for starts ups or to scale up and gaps in our recycling supply chain were two of the key challenges identified by these successful operators.

“Local manufacturers on the Coast have the ideas and know how to compete with anyone,” McBride said.

“The federal government needs to do more to support them to scale up, expand and employ more locals.”