manufacturing

Manufacturing ability and capacity is vital to economic prosperity, creating value in a way few other industries can.  That value extends beyond the physical goods manufactured for domestic consumption or export, to related benefits including advancements and innovation resulting from research and development and, crucially, employment.  It is estimated that for every manufacturing job there are up to five jobs are created in complementary industries, emphasising manufacturing’s importance in the generation of wealth and the raising of national living standards.

Manufacturing ability and capacity is vital to economic prosperity, creating value in a way few other industries can.  That value extends beyond the physical goods manufactured for domestic consumption or export, to related benefits including advancements and innovation resulting from research and development and, crucially, employment.  It is estimated that for every manufacturing job there are up to five jobs are created in complementary industries, emphasising manufacturing’s importance in the generation of wealth and the raising of national living standards.

Australian manufacturers face significant challenges competing globally and locally in mass-produced, high-volume goods.  Increasingly, their competitive advantage lies in quality over quantity, with a focus on niche, smart, low-volume and high-value manufacture the envy of, and demanded by, the world.  Australian manufacturers are adaptable, agile, clean and clever, as demonstrated most recently in the face of disruptions to global supply chains arising from COVID-19 restrictions.

At Macpherson Kelley, manufacturing is in our DNA.  Born in 1905 in the manufacturing heartland of Dandenong, we have a deep understanding of what matters most to manufacturers and how we can help them succeed.  Our lawyers are active members of industry groups dedicated to supporting and advancing the cause of manufacturers, and our straight-talking, commercial approach is aimed at taking the hassle out of legal matters so that manufacturers can get on with what they do best – making things and creating value.

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services

we advise manufacturing clients across all areas of expertise, in particular:
acquisition and disposal of businesses
competition and consumer law compliance
contract manufacturing agreements
customer and supplier agreements and disputes
debt collection and documentation
enterprise agreements and employment disputes
executive contracts and termination
intellectual property protection and enforcement
product recalls
property leasing, purchase and disposal
terms and conditions of supply and purchase
warranty conditions and disputes
union right of entry

what our clients say

“If you are looking for a firm who really understands business, in particular the needs of manufacturers and subsidiaries, a firm who can provide practical, timely and efficient service tailored to your needs, and someone who really wants to partner with your business, then Macpherson Kelley are the best around.” carl bizon former president and managing director trimas corporation
“With a great knowledge of the law but more importantly how to apply it in a business sense. They [Macpherson Kelley] have a wide range of services and their style and industry knowledge of manufacturers is an asset. We have used them on acquisitions, employment issues, trademarks, training on a wide range of issues and a host of contractual matters.” gerry ryan chairman jayco corporation

recent experience

  • 20 years of support

    From disputes with suppliers to company acquisitions, negotiating contracts to employment matters, Macpherson Kelley has been on hand to advise a leading Australian waste disposal company on its legal issues. For more than 20 years the company has called on our expertise in a wide range of commercial areas to help them grow. Our client, which builds large scale waste disposal systems and employs around 100 people, has won numerous industry awards and is an Australian manufacturing success story. The company appreciates our no nonsense approach to providing practical and commercial advice on what they can and cannot do in the business.

  • mixing business and philanthropy

    Hilton Manufacturing is a Victoria-based, family-owned sheet metal manufacturer. They make everything from mufflers to fuel tanks to trailers. They’re also inventors, creating a new traffic signaling system that’s taking Victorian roads by storm. A long-standing Macpherson Kelley client, they’ve called upon us to advise them on all their legal needs – from intellectual property to advising on the hiring of a new CEO, from structuring the business to succession planning when it was time to pass the business to the next generation. The family is also deeply involved in philanthropic causes that support their local community. Macpherson Kelley has been proud to be able to support the family’s charity work as well as their business.

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