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PACIA welcomes launch of decadal plan for chemistry - 19 February 2016

The new decadal plan for chemistry launched today by the Australian Academy of Science presents an exciting strategic vision for Australian chemistry over the next decade, PACIA said today.

PACIA CEO Ms Samantha Read said, “Chemistry is the backbone of a smart and globally competitive Australian economy, enabled by a strong manufacturing sector. The decadal plan sets out a very clear and simple vision for chemistry in 21st century Australia: ‘Chemistry for a better life – inventing what matters’. ”

“The plan provides us with a framework to maximise Australia’s chemistry capability. Let’s use this plan to help create the products, processes and technologies that will meet the needs of a growing global population – such as improving agricultural productivity and developing life-saving drugs – right here in Australia.

“Let’s transform our clever chemistry into economic growth, jobs and investment,” said Ms Read.

Developed by the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Chemistry, the decadal plan identifies key challenges, barriers and opportunities for Australian chemistry, linked to megatrends including population growth and resource scarcity. It proposes solutions such as better quality school and tertiary chemistry education, to help Australia reach its potential as a world class international manufacturing hub.

“It is pleasing to note that the decadal plan reinforces the importance of improving engagement and collaboration with industry. As the peak body for the Australian chemistry industry, one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the economy, PACIA is very pleased to be on the Academy’s National Committee for Chemistry and to have contributed to such an important piece of work,” said Ms Read.


Media contact: Krista Imberger – [email protected] or 0439 318 290

PACIA is the national voice for the strategically significant $45 billion Australian chemistry industry, one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the country. The industry employs more than 64,000 people and contributes more than $11.5 billion to GDP in industry value add. Ranging in size from small family-owned businesses to national and multi-national enterprises, PACIA members include chemicals manufacturers, importers and distributors, logistics and supply chain partners, raw material suppliers, plastics fabricators and compounders, chemicals and plastics recyclers and service providers to the industry.


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