Sydney is the heart of Australia’s construction and manufacturing industries, and environmental sustainability is a key core value that is driving growth in both sectors.
Backed by a State Government that is committed to future proofing the city and the state of New South Wales (NSW) with world-leading environmental sustainability practices, Sydney is home to construction and manufacturing research and development facilities housed in new precincts that have been purpose-built for innovation, creation and collaboration.
In 2026, a new international airport will open in Sydney’s west - the Nancy Bird Walton International Airport - accompanied by the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis which will leverage complex supply chain capabilities as operations gear up.
Foundation partners in the aerotropolis include the CSIRO – the Australian Government agency responsible for scientific research – the Australian Space Agency, BAE Systems Australia, DB Schenker, GE Additive, Hitachi Ltd, Sydney Markets, Vitex Pharmaceuticals, Western Sydney University, the NUW Alliance and Samsung SDS.
At the core of the aerotropolis will be Bradfield city centre, named in honour of John Bradfield, the engineer who oversaw construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city's original rail network. The new development will catalyse the growth of advanced industry in the Western Parkland City, building an industrial base that will initially focussed on aerospace, aviation and defence industries.
An Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility will provide infrastructure for collaboration, incubation and innovation, allowing businesses to test, prototype and rapidly scale advanced manufacturing processes; and an Agribusiness Precinct will feature state-of-the-art, digitally enabled freight and logistics hubs to support the growth of Australian import and exports.
The NSW Government’s vision for the Western Parkland City will see it emerge as a catalyst for employment, investment, industry development and economic growth. It will harness world-class capability in areas such as:
- advanced electronics
- composite manufacturing
- additive manufacturing
- power and energy storage
- modelling and simulation
- reliability engineering
In addition to advanced industry and infrastructure, Sydney is also home to incredible people working in the sector who are changing the world. Like Business Events Sydney Ambassador, Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, an international award-winning scientist and engineer dedicated to research and development in manufacturing environmental sustainability. An inventor and visionary at heart, Veena’s passion has led to her pioneering world-first green manufacturing technologies – creating products, including steel, using recycled and waste products – which she firmly believes are the way of the future.