For the last 10 years Australia’s manufacturing export volumes have increased four fold, and despite the high level of the dollar Australia’s manufacturing sector has increased by 22 percent between 2005 and 2008. Yet it is still widely reported in the press that manufacturing in Australia is in decline. Australia’s manufacturing sector may now face new threats and challenges, but so too did the sector more than 10 years ago and we survived them. Australia’s manufacturing sector moved towards a more export-orientated, capital-intensive, innovative and skill-intensive sector as a response to the various challenges and opportunities opening up in China and East Asian countries. While there has been much said in the press of late regarding Pacific Brands decision to move manufacturing facilities offshore, there are many local manufacturing companies in New South Wales that have chosen to keep their manufacturing operations onshore, which have thrived: Cochlear: Premier’s NSW Export Award Winner, Large Manufacturing Award Resmed: Premier’s NSW Export Award Winner, Large Manufacturing Award aussieBum: Premier’s NSW Export Award Winner, Small to Medium Manufacturing Award (also Emerging Exporter 2004) The Australian Institute of Export launched the 2009 Premier’s NSW Export Awards at aussieBum's headquarters last week to encourage exporting manufacturers to enter the awards alongside their counterparts of other sizes in other sectors. For more information on the 2009 Premier’s NSW Export Awards see Australian Export Awards - NSW. For other states, visit the Australia Export Awards website. Read more about aussieBum in our export profile.