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New "best practice" projects for TCF Industries.



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MEDIA RELEASE

 

The Hon. John Moore, MP

Minister for Industry, Science & Tourism

 

Wednesday 17 June 1998

175/98

 

New “Best Practice” Projects For TCF Industries

 

The Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism, John Moore, today announced 26 new Best Prac tice projects to be undertaken in the Textiles, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCF) Industries.

 

Running over the next two years, the projects will be undertaken with funding from the AusIndustry “TCF Best Practice Programme”. The current round of grants brings the total number of participating projects to 35, and the Government’s total funding commitment to $7.4 million.

 

The purpose of this programme is to demonstrate how TCF companies can increase commercial gains by pursuing Best Practice in all areas of management and operations. The 26 participants announced today by Mr Moore will form part of a strategy to benchmark and accelerate adoption of World Best Practice.

 

“Australia’s TCF industries of the future will be very different to those of the past,” said Mr Moore. “Already, many Australian companies are investing in high technology, developing new skills and work practices, seeking out new markets, and producing innovative new products.

 

“As we move towards the 21 st century, I would like to see our TCF industries continue this move forward, by taking advantage of Australia’s natural advantages. These include abundant raw materials, our ability to produce creative designs and new fabrics, and our increasingly competitive brands that are forging a world class reputation for quality and style.”

 

Mr Moore said that the Federal Government was providing the necessary policy framework to ensure Australian firms are effectively positioned to invest with confidence and meet the demands of a tough global marketplace. To this end, the Government has also committed $1 million for two international benchmarking studies, $3.3 million for improvements in the national infrastructure for TCF training and education, and $4.4 million for enterprise development and supply chain partnerships over the next two years.

 

“The Best Practice Programme showcases how TCF firms are embracing Best Practice,” said Mr Moore. “Every company participating in the Programme has committed to sharing its experience and outcomes with others in the TCF industries.”

 

The projects are diverse, reflecting the broad range of opportunities available to Australian companies willing to meet the challenges of innovation and global competitiveness.

 

A list of new entrants to the Best Practice Programme is attached.

 

The Programme demonstration phase will be launched at today’s conference on TCF Best Practice issues, at the Hotel Sofitel in Melbourne. Mr Moore will deliver the keynote address.

 

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Chris Wordsworth, Media Adviser, 02 62777580; 0419 982482

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Email: word@dist.gov.au

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