On Monday 23 October, SEMMA was pleased to host the National Rail Manufacturing Advocate, Jacqui Walters, and Victorian Rail Manufacturing Advocate, Jill Walsh, for a productive series of discussions and site visits.
During their visit, SEMMA and the Advocates toured three of its member sites: Australian Precision Technologies (APT), Catten Industries Pty Ltd and Hilton Manufacturing. The conversations centred around all aspects of rolling stock, member capabilities, and the pressing supply chain challenges faced by the rail manufacturing industry. SEMMA left no stone unturned in its pursuit of advancing the interests of its members.
One recurring theme of these discussions was the recognition of the rail manufacturing sector’s vital role in the country’s overall industrial landscape. It was emphasized that Australia must treat the manufacturing of rolling stock and its supporting infrastructure with the same priority and emphasis as the defence sector. Just as we safeguard our national security through defence capabilities, the country’s sovereign capabilities must extend to the manufacturing of essential goods and services, ensuring that these items can be transported efficiently and reliably nationwide. This is of paramount importance for Australia’s economic stability and growth.
SEMMA underscored the need for collaborative efforts between states to develop a comprehensive national solution. A united approach and bridging state boundaries is necessary to tackle the unique challenges faced by the rail manufacturing industry. By working together, state by state, Australia can ensure that its rolling stock and supporting infrastructure meet the highest standards of quality and reliability.
SEMMA remains committed to its mission of supporting and advancing the manufacturing sector, and this recent visit and discussion with the National and State Rail Manufacturing Advocates mark another significant step in the our journey to strengthen the manufacturing industry in South East Melbourne and throughout Australia.