Who Are We

SEMMA is a peak industry group representing more than 200 leading manufacturers based in South East Melbourne.

Almost half of Victoria’s manufactured products are created in the region, contributing strongly to the State’s economy.

SEMMA provides its members with a strong, clear voice, able to participate in the ongoing regional & national debate regarding the critical need for an innovative and sustainable manufacturing community. It is consistently approached by both State and federal politics for its opinion on issues affecting manufacturing.

The industry group also provides an important networking focus for manufacturing companies of all sizes, helping to forge inter-business links locally, nationally and around the world.
SEMMA also provides strong leadership for regional projects and leads some of the most important programs attempted in the area. Projects such as the "Future of Manufacturing".

By lobbying Government, promoting members’ capability and potential, and negotiating better deals on behalf of its members, SEMMA plays a critical role in ensuring manufacturing in Melbourne’s South East remains vibrant and sustainable in the 21st Century.

Manufacturing Overview

South East Melbourne is one of Australia’s most dynamic manufacturing regions. With hundreds of companies providing tens of thousands of skilled jobs and investing in critical research and development, manufacturing in the region remains a dynamic and important component of both the State and National economies. This region produces everything from yoghurt to trains, from buses to bolts and everything inbetween.

More than 300 exporters are based in the region, demonstrating the strong international links which have been forged, and which reflect the international competitiveness of local manufacturers.

At a glance:

South East Melbourne generates 44 per cent of Victoria’s manufactured product

Industry provides 17 per cent of South East Melbourne’s 549,000 jobs

More than 300 exporters are located in the region

Regional manufacturing capabilities include: agriculture, automotive, building and construction, chemical, defence, electronics, food, health, IT, machinery and equipment, marine, medical, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, plastics, textiles and transportation.