Australian industries have reached a turning point. With old industries on the way out, the
Australian manufacturing sector’s biggest challenge is to move from a low-cost mass
production model to one that exploits niche markets and adds value to the global supply
Research-driven technological advances are an essential part of that process. By building
upon the country’s natural advantages, such as mineral and energy resources, this kind of
progress can foster exciting, sustainable industries. The perfect example is graphene.