“We need to keep a pulse in the business and get past the ‘death valley’ that is immediately in front of us. We will need direct support to do this,” he said.
The firm is the only polyethylene manufacturer in Australia and has about 1000 employees and contractors working at its factories in Victoria and New South Wales. It produces plastics for food packaging, such as milk bottles, and for the automotive, water, mining and waste-management industries.
The manufacturing sectors the government wants firmly established within a decade include resources and critical minerals, food and beverages, medical products, recycling and clean energy, defence and space.
The Prime Minister placed a particular emphasis last week on sovereign security after the coronavirus pandemic exposed shortcomings in the supply of critical goods.
‘Home ground disadvantage’
“We are pleased to see the obvious choice of food, chemicals and plastics as priorities … and the