The advanced manufacture of batteries in WA is not out of reach according to WA’s chief scientist Professor Peter Klinken.

Speaking at the lithium and energy materials industry consortium on Wednesday, Professor Klinken said global interest in battery materials was booming – and while WA was at the epicentre of mining them, downstream manufacturing shouldn’t be discounted.

“It’s been said to me that we actually can’t do manufacturing here because labour costs are too high and we’re too far away from markets. (They say) we’ve failed with steel, we’ve failed with car manufacturing and the intellectual property is all tied up with batteries.”

“I think we need to lift our eyes a little bit and say manufacturing has actually changed.”

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