Geelong Manufacturing

Competitive Advantage

Geelong is one of Australia’s foremost manufacturing centres, with a long and rich history. The region is home to a range of leading national and international companies and boasts many diverse and innovative success stories.

It is a region ideally situated to grow manufacturing, whether involving new ventures or by taking advantage of the existing industrial, research and educational infrastructure.

In 2010/11 the region saw 24 new investments announced as part of the Geelong Innovation and Investment Fund, delivering some 1000 jobs and $100m+ in investment. These investments will see manufacturing in the region continue to diversify and grow.

Geelong’s reputation as a leading manufacturing centre is based on its many strengths and extensive manufacturing diversity. The region has much to offer, with about 500 manufacturers across industries such as transport equipment, metals, extractive industries, chemicals and petroleum, cement, engineering, textiles, timber and food.

Geelong is also home to important education and research facilities such as:

  • CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering
  • Deakin University
  • Geelong Technology Precinct
  • CSIRO Division of Animal Health
  • CSIRO Marine Sciences
  • Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre
  • Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training
  • Centre for Intelligent Systems Research
  • Institute for Frontier Materials
  • Carbon Nexus
  • Gordon Institute of TAFE
  • Geelong Technical Education Centre.

These organisations add value to the extensive resource-processing base in the Geelong region and regularly form collaborative partnerships, such as that between the research sector of Deakin University and the Gordon Institute of TAFE and training opportunities within various industry sectors. These collaborative efforts have become increasingly important as industry competes on a global basis.

Become a new member of the Geelong Manufacturing Council and take advantage of the network of manufacturing professionals who promote the region as a dynamic and innovative manufacturing centre of the future.

Economic Profile

With a population of more than 215,000 people, the City of Greater Geelong is Victoria’s largest regional centre. Located some 75 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, the municipality covers 1,245km², comprising country, coastal and suburban areas. The region is characterised by the multi-award winning Waterfront overlooking Corio Bay, the Bellarine Peninsula, the Barwon River, You Yangs Regional Park, wetlands, parklands and wildlife sanctuaries.

Total residential dwellings are estimated at 95,962 across more than 50 suburbs and townships. The population in the next 20 years is expected to reach 300,000. The city is a major centre for investment, with more than 15,000 businesses and a highly-skilled labour force of more than 91,000. Geelong is in an ideal position to attract new residents and investment.

The Geelong Manufacturing Council is well-placed to promote the region, both within the area, nationally and internationally. Comprising more than 100 locally-based manufacturers, stakeholders from government, education and service providers, our members have intricate knowledge of, and support for, the region.