The C&P Manufacturing Innovation Network and Training Program initiative was launched on 3 June 2015 by the Hon Lily D'Ambrosio, Minister for Industry and the Minister for Energy and Resources. In her opening speech, the Minister welcomed the initiative that sees the best minds in academic research joining forces with government and industry. The Minister stated that the Australian chemistry industry is the second largest manufacturing sector in Australia and this exciting new initiative will act as a catalyst for new opportunities in global investment, innovation, productivity, job creation and economic growth. Furthermore, she identified the pioneering nature of this initiative, in that it establishes a model that can be replicated across many industries and is scalable. It is an industry-aligned, structured approach for genuine industry R&D sector collaboration.