A sweet taste of manufacturing success

The sickly Australian manufacturing industry should look to fast-moving and adaptable family businesses like Robern Menz. The confectioner has weathered every storm thrown at it for almost 100 years.

Manufacturing in Australia is not dead, but it does seem to have taken to its bed with a temperature, unwell from the effects of high costs, a high exchange rate and poisonously one-sided free trade agreements, as explained by Robert Gottliebsen yesterday (Why Toyota is leaving Australia: The real story, February 6).

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