The Victorian Government will showcase the state’s cutting-edge manufacturing, research and design capabilities to the world on a ten-day trip to China and the United States.

Designed to strengthen existing relationships, and seek new opportunities to partner with US companies, meetings have been planned with industry and education leaders to promote Victoria’s expertise in areas such as design and engineering, autonomous vehicles, aerospace, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Victoria’s aerospace capabilities taking off in China

Along with meetings being held with some of China’s major players in the food and fibre, pharmaceutical, professional services and digital technology sectors, the Victorian Government will also meet with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) – one of China’s biggest aerospace manufacturers. COMAC will be partnering with the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing for testing and developing new metal alloys in aircraft.

The visit to China is a chance to explore the possibilities of further collaborations with COMAC and to promote Victoria’s innovation and expertise in aerospace manufacturing, research and design.

Driving promotion of Victoria’s engineering excellence in the USA

In the United States, meetings will be held with senior executives from Ford at its global headquarters, and a tour will be taken at General Motors' technical centre in Detroit.

Both Ford and General Motors have a strong workforce in Victoria employing more than 2000 people combined.

Meetings will also be held with Tesla, a global leader in the design and mass production of electric vehicles and innovative battery technology, as well as executives from Stanford University and Facebook.

The state's automotive engineering expertise makes Victoria the ideal partner for major motor companies looking to employ advanced technologies.

Forging global connections to create more local jobs

The ten-day trip aims to forge connections with key players from China and the US to help create more jobs for Victorians, and drive new collaborations, investments and trade opportunities for the state.

Manufacturing is Victoria’s fourth largest employer and is responsible for A$17.9 billion worth of goods exports.