Trade and investment sectors offer endless opportunity


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By Melissa Keogh

A highly competitive business environment, a skilled and educated workforce and a culture of innovation are some aspects that make South Australia a prime spot for trade and investment opportunities.

Our state is often celebrated for its enviable lifestyle offerings and cost advantages matched by no other Australian state, providing the perfect platform for outside companies to invest and develop, and for homegrown businesses to grow and thrive.

SA also has a 24-hour connection to key international markets and a solid reputation for producing world-class products and premium services.

Throughout January and February, Brand South Australia is exploring the trade and investment sector, as part of its successful I Choose SA campaign.

Here on Brand SA News, we’ll bring you examples of businesses who have chosen our state as the base of their operations as well as success stories of those exporting their goods and services to the world.

We’ll also share articles on international businesses choosing to invest in SA, develop a presence here and take advantage of our highly skilled and educated workforce.

One example is German battery giant Sonnen, attracted to SA by its can-do attitude and its deep, technical manufacturing skills base developed from a long history in the automotive industry.

The official launch of Sonnen at the former Holden factory in Adelaide’s north.

It’s of course also relevant to note British steel magnate Sanjeev Gupta, owner of the Whyalla steelworks, and his plans for major investments and ambitious upgrades to the steel city. We’ll also tell you about SA businesses that have come under foreign ownership – companies like Pirate Life Brewing, Udder Delights and Mojo Kombucha.

Although their ownership has left SA, these three businesses are still based in the state but have the opportunity to expand, create more jobs and continue to deliver the premium products we love.

SA’s goods and services are valued by key international markets, thanks to our outstanding freight connections and cold chain logistics to South East Asia, the Middle East and within Australia.

As well as successful commodities such as iron, copper and energy resources, SA is renowned for its food and wine exports due to impeccable food safety standards. Other industries, including education, defence, advanced manufacturing and space, also have ties to our trade sector.

Among the most exciting investment opportunity is Australia’s Space Agency, to be developed in Lot Fourteen (old Royal Adelaide Hospital), boosting our capabilities in innovation and technology.

Interested to learn more about SA’s trade and investment industry? Head along to Brand South Australia’s Industry Briefing at the Adelaide Convention Centre on January 31.

Guests will hear from Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway.

What: Brand South Australia I Choose SA for Trade and Investment Industry Briefing
When: January 31, 4.30–6.30pm
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre
Tickets: click here to purchase

Industry in focus: Trade and Investment

Throughout the months of January and February, the state’s trade and investment industry will be explored as part of I Choose SA.

South Australia is in a prime position for trade and investment opportunities as we have a 24-hour connection to international markets and a prime reputation for our premium products and services.  Read more trade and investment stories here.

Visit I Choose SA to meet the people building business and industry in SA, and to find out how your choices make a difference to our state.

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