May 11, 2018

It’s National Manufacturing Week and we’ve been celebrating the wide variety of activities carried out in the manufacturing sector and the work of our Industry Reference Committees (IRCs).

We’ve profiled a series of statistics from each sector every day, from the number of ‘tinnies’ being made to how much cement is made in Australia.

Here is our list – we’d love to hear any comments:

Aerospace IRC

There were 4.72 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in February 2018, an increase of 3.9% on February 2017.

The Airbus A380 more fuel-efficient than a Toyota Prius.

There are approximately 350 independent maintenance, repair and overhaul operators in the domestic and general aviation sectors.

By 2025, there will be an estimated 30% global workforce shortfall in aircraft maintenance capacity, with Australia and the Asia Pacific region particularly hard hit.

Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory IRC

The Australian cement industry has reduced CO2 emissions by 27% since 1990.

9.8 million tonnes of cement are produced in Australia per year.

21 Olympic sized swimming pools of concrete was used to build the new Perth Optus Stadium.

Caravans/Campers were used for 51.6 million nights in a single year.

2,600 Australian athletes were drug tested in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games.

Furnishing IRC

The Australian furnishing and design industry is a key manufacturer employer, with direct manufacturing accounting for approximately 100,000 Australian jobs

IBISWorld reported that the furniture, hardware and online home furnishing sectors were all growing, with the online home furnishing industry expected to be worth a whopping $407.4 million by 2023

The technology for making glass dates back at least 5,000 years, and some form of stained glass was used in European Christian churches by the third or fourth century A.D.

Textiles, Clothing and Footwear IRC

Australian’s are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion per capita – 27kgs of new clothing and textiles and spending an average of $2288 on clothing and footwear every year.

Australian soldiers wear two patterns of uniform. A woodland profile designed for Australian conditions, such as rainforests and northern Australia, and the desert pattern, which is worn in rocky, sandy places such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

The traditional chef’s white toque has one hundred folds around the diameter. Each one represents a hundred ways to cook an egg!

Adidas sold 1 million shoes made of ocean plastic in 2017

Manufacturing and Engineering IRC  (including Boating, Locksmiths, Jewellery and Watch/clocks)

It took Beenleigh Steel Fabrication 30,000 workshop hours to complete steel fabrication for the Anna Meares Velodrome used at the Commonwealth Games.

The business that created Australia’s favourite boat, the ‘tinnie’, back in the 1950s still produces 15,000 per year.

A locksmith will typically take 7-10 minutes to open a locked door.

Quartz watches typically run at about plus or minus 15 seconds a month.

Australia produces around 95% of the world’s opal for use in the jewellery industry. One individual stone can produce various colours depending on the lighting or which way you look at it.

70% of Aussie women say they would still like a great looking engagement ring, but would prefer guys not to splash out on a really expensive rock so they can put the extra money towards saving for a house deposit or a honeymoon. (Really????)

Sustainability IRC

In 2014, our landfills captured enough biogas to power 37,000 homes.

Australia has a 87% recycling rate of paper and cardboard, one of the highest in the world. Each tonne of recycled paper saves 13 trees.

LED bulbs use 90 percent less energy for the same amount of light than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Lean Methodologies and other Competitive Systems and Practices, have been documented to deliver 500-1000% Return on Investment in some cases.


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