The manufacturing sector accounts for a diverse range of products from small, medium and large companies operating throughout the region.
In 2018 there were 919 registered businesses operating in the sector (Source: ABS Counts of Australian Businesses).
In 2017/18 total value add of the manufacturing sector was $933.1 million while the total number of people employed was 8,557.
The metal and related manufacturing sector on the Central Coast was valued at over $220 million in 2017/18
Food processing and metal and allied metal products companies make up a significant part of the region’s manufacturing industries.
The manufacturing sector is supported by Central Coast Industry Connect an active industry group that works collaboratively across the sector. (See also Food Processing).
Global companies such as Aalborg Industries, Baltimore Aircoil (Australia), Komatsu Australia, CSR-Hebel, Donaldson Australasia, Pacific Labels and FMC all have a significant presence on the Central Coast.
The Central Coast is home to some fifty food manufacturing and processing companies from large to small.
In 2017/18 the total value add of the food and beverage sub-sector was $287.4 million.
In addition the region’s hinterland is well known for its agricultural and horticultural products, particularly poultry, fruit and vegetables.
Established by Central Coast Industry Connect (CCIC), the Central Coast Food Innovation Initiative was established in 2018 with the aim of making the Central Coast the premier food and agribusiness region in NSW through demonstrated collaboration and co-operation on a platform of innovation to drive the regional economy.
With matched funding from Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL), CCIC in June 2019 launched the Central Coast Food Alliance, a food industry cluster, and appointed a General Manager to drive this industry lead group.
Major food companies include: Mars Food Australia, Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing, McCain, Inghams Enterprises (Chickadee further processed chicken facility), Agrana Fruit Australia, The Cordina Food Co. (further processed chicken facility), Life Health Foods Australia, Tip Top Bakeries.
Mars Foods Australia Berkeley Vale facility
To the west of the M1 Pacific Motorway is a significant rural area that supports an agriculture industry with production in 2017/18 valued at $111.6 million.
Major contributors to production were:
Poultry and eggs ($108.8 million)
Nurseries and Cut Flowers ($ 36.0)
Vegetables ($ 10.3)
Citrus and other fruit ($ 6.2)
Sanitarium Health Food Company’s Head Office at Berkeley Vale
Mangrove Mountain is a major chicken meat production areas in NSW being close to the Sydney market.
Cordina Chicken Farms operate a poultry processing facility at North Wyong producing fresh, frozen and ready-to-eat gourmet products.
Inghams Enterprises operates a facility at Lisarow producing pre-prepared chicken products under the Chickadee brand.
Family Fresh Farms a company associated with retailer Gerry Harvey, has invested $20 million in a greenhouse facility at Peats Ridge to produce baby cucumbers for the major supermarkets.
The facility comprises a five hectares glass structure on a 16 hectare site and uses a bio-energy thermal generation source.
Companies with significant operations in agriculture on the Central Coast include:
East Coast Beverages, Kulnura – Fruit juices and spring water.
S & P Dominello, Peats Ridge – Cut flowers.
Sprint Horticulture, Peats Ridge – Plant tissue culture.
The Central Coast is an excellent location for logistics operations. It is one of the very few locations in Australia providing optimum cost benefits in terms of market access and distribution due to its proximity to two of the state’s largest markets – Sydney and Newcastle. The region also has the added advantage of being centrally located within about 2 hours driving time of a population of around 5.1 million people.
In addition, the Central Coast is half way between Brisbane and Melbourne, around 950 kms which is approximately 10 to 11 hours truck driving time putting it within the legal driving limit of twelve hours.
National and global companies that have based their distribution operations on the Central Coast include: Alliance Distribution Services - a Division of Hatchette Australia, Husqvarna Australia, Pure Fishing Australia, Scholastic Australia, Woolworths Distribution Centre, Linfox Transport.
Transport companies based in the region are: Linfox Food Distribution Centre, TNT Central Coast Terminal, Star Track Express Central Coast Terminal and Toll IPEC, Border Express.
“Mars Food Australia has been based on the Central Coast for almost 30 years, employing over 300 associates based at our head office at Berkeley Vale. Mars believes that by basing its operations in regional locations we can have a significantly positive impact on local communities, through the investment we make in our people, our manufacturing facilities and the extended opportunities for our suppliers, customers and the community.
The Central Coast has been an excellent source of talent for our business. In 2018, Mars Food Australia secured recognition as the #1 Great Place to Work in Australia in Manufacturing and Production and we continue to attract and retain the people we need to continue to grow and feed all Australians. Our Associates can have a satisfying career, be closer to their families and enjoy the lifestyle of living on the Central Coast. Basing our business on the Central Coast we also have excellent access to our key customers across the country. Whilst we endeavour to source locally produced ingredients as a priority, our location also enables efficient access to imported ingredients when required."
Andrew Poll, Chief Financial Officer, Mars Food Australia
A growing number of ICT companies are establishing in the region with the result that an ICT Cluster is being seen as the genesis for a new industry.
Some of these companies are successful ‘start-ups’ that are proving to be high value examples of the opportunities the region offers this sector.
To further enhance the opportunities for growth, the rollout of the National Broadband Network throughout the region is seen as a catalyst that will further encourage established companies as well as start-ups who seek to leverage off the opportunities the NBN will provide.
Companies operating across this sector include:
Blinkmobile Interactive, Servers Australia, Ultra Serve Computing, Sterland Computing, Mirait Technologies, Tibco Software Inc..
NRMA Call Centre Gosford
The Central Coast offers an ideal environment for Call Centres with occupancy costs much lower than in capital cities and an extensive skilled workforce where staff turnover is amongst the lowest in NSW.
NBN Broadband availability across the region is an added benefit and is one reason why nib Health Funds has located a 100-seat contact centre in Gosford CBD.
Contact centres operating on the Central Coast include: ING DIRECT, nib Health Funds, Department of Human Services – CentreLink, SafeWork NSW, Police Assistance Line, APIA, NRMA Membership Services and NRMA Roadside Service, NSW Long Service Leave Corporation and Qantas.
The Central Coast is a popular holiday destination just an hour away from Sydney. The region has opportunities for all-year-round tourism experiences and is well established in the short break and conference markets.
Terrigal, The Entrance and Umina / Ettalong Beach are considered the major tourist areas in the region.
The Accor Group operate a number of resorts and hotels in the region including a 5-star Pullman Magenta Shores Resort near The Entrance and Mercure Kooindah Waters Golf and Spa Resort at Wyong.
Other leading accommodation properties within the region are Crowne Plaza and Star of the Sea Resort Terrigal and Mantra Ettalong Beach.
The region’s attractions include:
The Central Coast is seen as a preferred retirement destination for seniors. This, as well as the Region’s own ageing demographic, has created a growing demand for retirement accommodation and, in particular, for resident-funded, self-care retirement villages.
There are around fifty government, church funded and privately funded retirement villages from small basic developments to large quality villages.
RetireAustralia, Living Choice, Aurrum and Lend Lease are the leading operators of retirement villages in the region.
Louise Cordina, CEO, Cordina Group
“Cordina selected the Central Coast as the location to build our state-of-the-art food facility, to produce the highest level of innovation in the preparation of ready-to-eat products.
Logistically, the Central Coast provides the benefit of easy access to Sydney and national distribution routes, better value industrial land, a broad availability of skills and workforce and an agility of execution that couldn’t have been achieved within the Sydney metropolitan area.
We’re pleased to be able to bring a large number of sustainable jobs to the region and we’ll certainly be continuing to grow our infrastructure in the area, as a strategically important location for our business.”
Louise Cordina, CEO, Cordina Group