Manufacturing in Sydney and NSW
Sydney is Australia's main industrial city. The NSW manufacturing industry contributed almost $33 billion, or 6%, to the NSW economy in 2015-16, and employed around 263,000 people.
While manufacturing sectors in Australia's other states have been significantly affected by low-cost international competition in low and medium tech industries, and a relatively high Australian dollar in recent years, NSW's manufacturers are more focused on the domestic market and on high tech manufacturing such as advanced electronics and medical devices. The state’s exports of elaborately transformed manufactures have recorded significant gains over the two years to 2015-16 (up 13%), as have NSW exports of processed food (up 35%).
Manufacturing in regional NSW
For many years, leading manufacturers have thrived in the state's regions, which have all the amenities of larger cities and are well connected to metropolitan areas and transport hubs by the state's extensive road, rail and regional airport network.
Engineering and infrastructure management company Downer EDI, and defence and security company BAE Systems both maintain a substantial presence in NSW's Hunter Valley region, north of Sydney.