CAT Transition Taskforce has positive impact but there is work to do

The Caterpillar Transition Taskforce has generated positive outcomes for those affected by the company’s transition to Thailand, however there is still work to be done, according to Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow.

“The Caterpillar Transition Taskforce has undoubtedly played a very important role during this time of transition, it has been well led and has had a strong industry focus,” Mayor Dow said.

“There have been many positives to come out of the Taskforce since it was formed last year. The Trade Mission to Thailand was very beneficial for supply chain businesses who participated as they were given the opportunity to better understand the supply chain network first-hand and to identify new opportunities. The implementation of the Transition Fund has also provided significant benefits to the advanced manufacturing sector, by encouraging and enabling private investment, new product development opportunities as well as providing more employment opportunities in the region.”

“The Advanced Manufacturing Summit was also a key component of this Taskforce, with many key strategies originating from this discussion.”

“Council welcomes today’s announcement regarding the establishment of a state-wide advanced manufacturing industry association, to be administered through the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council and we are very pleased that this will be based in Burnie. It will further the region’s capability to become a centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing.”

“Council also welcomes the $90,000 funding for UTAS to deliver a transition training and skills development project in industry design and technology. It is an important first step in making associate degrees available in the region. This will provide an important opportunity for redundant workers, and others employed in manufacturing SMEs to undertake training and assist with pathways to employment.”

“The outcomes of the Taskforce to date are an excellent example of what can happen when all levels of Government work together in a coordinated response. We need to more of this when dealing with issues of regional significance.”

“I implore the State Government to remain focused on the advanced manufacturing sector and identifying opportunities for growth. There is still a need for an advanced manufacturing study or action plan for the sector and the State and we are eagerly awaiting this announcement.”

“This is a time of change in the advanced manufacturing sector and we need to ensure that resources continue to be allocated to promote the unique capabilities our region has to offer. We have highly skilled advanced manufacturers that are more than capable of product development for national and international markets, however we need the support of all levels of Government to ensure opportunities become a reality.”

“The promotional film launched today is the first step in this process, but we must not rest on our laurels.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728