Launched today (June 1) at EMEX 2022, The 'Draft Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan' (ITP) is now open for public consultation for 6 weeks, until the 13th July 2022.

View the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan – Consultation Draft

There are multiple opportunities to engage with the ITP including In person and online thematic workshops, workers workshops, Māori hui and Pasifika fono.

12 in-person regional workshops have been organised around the country with the purpose to test and refine the Draft ITP actions, with the first kicking off next week, covering the top of the North Island.

WhangareITP2022i*         Tuesday 7 June 2022                         2:30pm to 4:30pm            
Auckland               Wednesday 8 June 2022                  10:00am to 12:00pm         (Henderson)
Auckland*             Wednesday v8 June 2022                2:30pm to 4:30pm             (Highbrook)
Hamilton*             Thursday 9 June 2022                       10:00am to 12:00pm
Tauranga               Friday 10 June 2022                          10:00am to 12:00pm
Napier                    Monday 13 June 2022                        2:30pm to 4:30pm
Wellington            Tuesday 14 June 2022                       2:30pm to 4:30pm
Christchurch*       Wednesday 15 June 2022                4:00pm to 6:00pm
Dunedin                 Thursday 16 June 2022                     4:00pm to 6:00pm
Invercargill            Friday 17 June 2022                           10:00am to 12:00pm
Nelson                     Monday 20 June 2022                         2:30pm to 4:30pm
New Plymouth     Tuesday 21 June 2022                        2:30pm to 4:30pm

 *Rachel Barker, PlasticsNZ CEO, will be in attendance at these workshops

Workers are encouraged to attend a range of online webinars to discuss the draft ITP onm the 22nd June and 12th July. The webinars are being organised by the NZ Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi. To register interest in attending you can go to:

Expressions of interest for Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan consultation webinars

Further information and how to register to attend these events and more, can be found

Plastics NZ will make a submission on behalf of our members. We welcome and appreciate your feedback on the ITP. Please send these to either Rachel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Kelly, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

What is the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan?

The ITP will provide an overview of Aotearoa New Zealand’s advanced manufacturing sector and outline a series of actions to accelerate its growth and transformation.

Since July 2021, 13 representatives from business, unions, government, Māori and wider stakeholders have participated in a Steering Group (Including PNZ CEO Rachel Barker),  and 4 working groups with representatives from 44 sector groups, to prepare the draft ITP.

Why we need an Industry Transformation Plan?

Advanced Manufacturing has been prioritised for an ITP due its scale and the potential to significantly increase productivity, higher wage jobs and a globally competitive low emissions sector.

2 trends provide an opportunity to accelerate the growth and transformation of the sector over the next 20 years:

  1. Advanced manufacturing is undergoing a fundamental shift through the application of advanced technologies and processes.
  2. More focus than ever is being placed on economic activity that is sustainable, circular and low emissions.

Priorities and vision for transformation

The following 6 key priorities to drive growth and transformation of the advanced manufacturing sector have been identified:

  1. improving the understanding and perceptions of advanced manufacturing
  2. increasing investment in advanced technologies and processes to lift productivity and wages
  3. making innovation, R&D and science work for advanced manufacturing
  4. attracting and developing a diverse high-skilled and high-wage workforce
  5. creating a leading sustainable circular net-zero emissions sector
  6. enhancing global connectivity and opportunities.

Further information on the  Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan can be found here