Advanced Manufacturing

Priority Industry

Established industry. Easy market access. Space to grow. Moreton Bay serves up more of the things you need to become a leader in your field.

Moreton Bay’s history of powerful growth is underpinned by the evolution of key established industries, including advanced manufacturing. In fact, it is the largest export industry in Moreton Bay, valued at more than $1 billion.

Advanced manufacturing businesses have been drawn to Moreton Bay for its easy access to key national and international markets, availability of premium space with room to expand and access to a skilled workforce that is equipped to sustain emerging technologies. 

Moreton Bay’s advanced manufacturing industries include industrial engineering fabrication, marine product manufacturing/repair/maintenance, building materials and many other bespoke products. 


Moreton Bay’s advanced manufacturing industry


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total employment in the city


people employed in industry

Why Moreton Bay?

Moreton Bay’s key advantages:

  • Largest export industry in the city
  • Access to national and international markets through road and rail connections, plus Brisbane’s port and airports within 30-45 minutes
  • Strong connection to National Broadband Network
  • Existing and planned industrial precincts with space to customise operations
  • World-leading tertiary research and expertise
  • Low cost of operating, allowing you to invest in innovation and growth
  • Established manufacturing industry of leaders. 

Easy access to major markets

The Port of Brisbane and Brisbane’s domestic and international airports are only a 30-45 minutes drive away. The Port handles $50B in trade, including 95% of Queensland’s international container trade and approximately 50% of its agricultural exports.

Future-proofed industrial precincts

Many local advanced manufacturing businesses benefit significantly from well-established industrial precincts that are designed around their needs both today and in a future of increased technological processes.

Brendale Industrial Precinct is Moreton Bay’s premier industrial precinct. Strategically located just off the Bruce Highway, it offers incredible supply change logistics and export capabilities. Market access and a well-earned reputation for breeding industry leaders, makes Brendale an Australian hub of advanced manufacturing.

Brighter minds to power your business

While advanced manufacturing continues to flourish across Moreton Bay, and indeed Queensland, existing and new universities and educational institutes feed skilled employees into the already abundant workforce.

With 80% of local workers residing within the Moreton Bay area, this demonstrates that skilled graduates are likely to be retained in local industries continuing to push further stability and growth.

Brighter businesses

 Advanced manufacturing businesses that choose to call Moreton Bay home.

ARROWES case study  Elexon case study

Businesses in City of Moreton Bay are of high calibre, with over 78 active trademarks per 1,000 businesses in 2020.