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Central Coast Manufacturing Connect

Central Coast Manufacturing Connect (CCMC) was the original vehicle for the organisation to  support the Local Manufacturing industry back in 2011. It brought together the  Central Coast Net working Group, Central Coast Manufacturing Association and a collaboration of the regions, NSW Business Chamber, Hunternet and the then named Australian Industry Group. Its mission and initiatives are not to dissimilar to the current CCIC organisation with a clear focus on the regions manufacturing.

It was established under the commercial arm of the University of Newcastle , Newcastle Innovation, as part of the Central Coast regions innovation plan and the Regional Economic Development and Employment Strategy.  CCMC has steadily grown to become the face of Manufacturing in the region.

The challenge for our manufacturers and those nationally is one of being able to continue to weather the constant change in the manufacturing environment. We face tough Global competition, the rapid change in Technology, having the right skilled workforce and to be able to innovate to keep ahead of the pack.

CCIC works to provide networking, educational and best practice workshops , site learning tours and a conduit to government agencies to stimulate growth in our diverse manufacturing industry. We have a number of  manufacturers that are doing well through embracing change and collaboration.

Latest Survey results

In July 2021 a survey of local manufacturers was conducted to understand the pain points that currently exist in the local sector and to also gain feedback on what CCIC has been providing as a service and how it can improve its value proposition. The survey results can be found in the link below. A virtual presentation of the results with some commentary can be found in the YouTube link.

Presentation link

Virtual presentation

Manufacturing On the NSW Central Coast

Manufacturing on the Central Coast is the forth biggest value add sector at $915M* behind Health Care and employs 7672*people (FTE). It is the biggest exporter in the region and contributes $3297M in sales income , the third highest sector behind realestate and construction.

It is an important industry to the region and being positioned between the Hunter and the Sydney basin is a prime location to take advantage of this.


Some of our critical Statistics( 2018/2019)

Economic Measure

Employment (total) 8,557
Employment (FTE) 7672
Output/Total Sales ($m) 3,297.2
Value add ($m) 915.2
 Exports ($m) 1386.7
 Imports($m) 3643.4

*Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021.Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts. NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.