Speaking to media on Thursday morning, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that within 24 hours, over 500 businesses have registered to offer their services to build parts or supply eight urgently needed items during the COVID-19 crisis.
In a call to arms on Wednesday, the Premier asked local businesses to redeploy spare capacity to save lives and jobs by pivoting to producing medical products.
“This is a call to arms for NSW manufacturers to look at ways to convert production lines into making the items we so desperately need,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We have the ability within NSW to meet our local demand, and the government is moving to help manufacturers retool quickly to achieve this.”
Importantly, the Premier said on Wednesday the initiative will give some businesses the ability to keep people in jobs when they may not have been able to do so.
With supply of personal protective equipment and disinfectant expected to be constrained for at least 12 months, NSW companies are being told that further opportunities exist.
Businesses are invited to register their interest through the portal at nsw.gov.au.