Five families making it work in manufacturing

In a sector plagued with bad news and repeat body blows, five family businesses are showing the rest how to succeed in Australian manufacturing.

Manufacturing has long been the heartland of Australian family business but there are signs that’s changing. According to a survey released last year by MGI, 55 per cent of family businesses are worried about the sectors they’re in and the percentage of family businesses in manufacturing halved from 40 per cent in 2003 to 20 per cent in 2013.

While that might reflect the declining fortunes of Australian manufacturing, a number of family businesses are still holding up the sector. Australians still like buying Australian-made products; in fact many are actively seeking them out.

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