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New TCF supplier advocate appointed to boost industry
09
Sep '11
Australia's textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) manufacturers will get a helping hand to compete and succeed in local and global markets from the Gillard Labor Government's new TCF Supplier Advocate - Mr Tony Quick.

Announcing the appointment of Mr Quick, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said Mr Quick - an expert in international business development and management- will champion local textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) firms at home and abroad as part of the Government's $8.2 million Supplier Advocate program.

"The TCF industries employ more than 45,000 workers nationally and underpin regional economies around the country," Senator Carr said.

"Mr Quick brings a wealth of international and local experience to the role. He currently chairs the Defence Materials Technology Centre, advises my department on defence industry innovation and is a member of the Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council.

"I am confident that Mr Quick's experience and strong understanding of manufacturing industries will help him boost TCF industry competitiveness and promote the capabilities of Australian firms in key markets."

As TCF Supplier Advocate Mr Quick will work closely with the TCF Industries Innovation Council, unions, industry and Enterprise Connect. Together they will promote and showcase Australian industry capabilities, help local industry to be competitive and champion supply chain development activities.

Mr Quick has recent experience implementing a continuous improvement culture within defence supply chains and is acutely aware of the barriers Australian manufacturers face in winning business and investing in innovation.

The Government has also appointed supplier advocates in the areas of rail, steel, information technology, water and the built environment.

Supplier advocates provide leadership to targeted industry sectors to champion Australian suppliers in the government procurement market and enhance industry competitiveness.

Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

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