The Deputy Premier, Jeremy Rockliff, will lead a trade mission to the United States next week to pursue opportunities in advanced manufacturing and defence.
Mr Rockliff, who has the new portfolio of Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries, said while Tasmania “punches above our weight” it needed to lift its share of Australia’s defence spending.
“We need to get out to the rest of the world and sell our capabilities,” he said.
“We need to sell Tasmania and support the businesses that are innovative and want to take their businesses to the next level and enhance their expertise and job opportunities.”
Eight businesses and Tasmanian Defence Advocate Rear Admiral (Rtd.) will join the trade mission which is costing $125,000.
The mission will attend the Sea Air Space exposition in Washington DC – one of the largest maritime expos in the world.
Mr Rockliff said the visit would also include several meetings with senior US Navy Officials and industry leaders.
“Tasmania boasts a number of nation leading advanced manufacturers, who are also recognised internationally for their products and we want to build on this capability.” he said.
“This includes PFG – AquaTruck, a known global leader in the aquaculture industry for manufacturing durable maritime products from engineered polymers for police, fisheries, maritime patrol, para-military and defence organisations.
“This business is a perfect example of a cutting edge Tasmanian manufacturer taking innovative products to the world.
“The opportunities for growth in this sector are significant, including potential for thousands of jobs over the next decade.”
PFG spokesman Rob Miley said the trade mission was a wonderful opportunity to showcase Tasmania.
“We really do want to make this the test to see if there is anything in the US for us,” Mr Miley said.
“It is a strong Tasmanian contingent and we are making an impact globally.
“You have to get into the world market and you have to get yourself out there.”
Professor Brigid Heywood of UTAS said the trade mission was the first major presence in the US for Tasmania.
“Tasmania has the opportunity to produce purpose ready, reliable and smart infrastructure,” Professor Heywood said.