From composites, carbon fibre and nanofiber to metal alloys, plastics and ceramics, Auckland is home to a specialised group of high-value industries that process and fabricate various advanced materials.

Businesses and researchers in this sector play a crucial role in the success of many of our other industries.

Auckland’s advanced materials related sector accounted for:*

  • $1.78B in real GDP (NZ$, 2010 prices)
  • 13,721 employees
  • 1,056 businesses


While Auckland’s advanced materials sector is small, it has a significant impact on our regional economy, contributing $1.78 billion to Auckland’s GDP in 2017. The 13,700 strong workforce is supported by a strong R&D environment and talent pipeline from the University of Auckland. Auckland University of Technology, Massey University and Unitec, Institute of Technology.

Find out more about Auckland's sectors of focus on the Auckland Index

*Auckland’s sectors of focus comprise ANZSIC06 level 4 codes across multiple industry classes. Select ANZSIC06 codes have been used to define multiple sectors resulting in a small element of overlap. Individual sector totals should only be used for sector-vs-sector comparisons and specific sector reporting. Sectors of focus total (exc. duplicates) is exclusive of duplicate ANZSIC06 code values, and can therefore be safely used for aggregate reporting. Source: Infometrics Ltd and ATEED (year to ended March 2017). Data varies from figures published prior to July 2018, to reflect revised strategic sector definitions released in 2018.