Business Sector

WRI's team of analysts and associates work with national and regional businesses to understanding the business impacts, and provide deep insight into market, employment and strategic trends.  Some examples of our work is set out below.

Community Sentiment and Business Impact

Newcrest is the largest gold producer listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and one of the world's largest gold mining companies.  In 2013, Newcrest commissioned WRI to undertake a study on the social, economic and community contribution of its Cadia Mine operations to the Central West NSW economy. Newcrest wanted a detailed picture of the mine’s lifecycle to inform strategies to manage the operations of the mine to leave a lasting legacy for the community.  The study involved WRI completing a detailed economic impact study, as well as community surveys and consultations.

Economic and Employment Impacts

WRI was commissioned by Australian Paper to measure its impact on national, state and regional economies. The economic impacts were assessed using primary data provided by Australian Paper. National, state and regional input-output tables were developed using the gRIT technique and analysed using WRI’s proprietary Simulating Impacts on Regional Economies (SIRE).The impacts were measured in terms of gross domestic, gross state and gross regional product, household income and full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.

Industry Restructuring

Electrolux is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of household and professional appliances, employing over 52,000 staff worldwide and generating revenues of US$12 billion.  Following the strategic business decision to relocate Electrolux’s manufacturing facilities from Orange, the local council commissioned WRI with the support of Electrolux to undertake an analysis to quantify the impact on economic and employment activity in the region, and to inform the development of effective adjustment programs to better target Government funding.

Industry Survey

The turf sector is a vital part of the Australian horticulture industry. Improving industry data has been consistently identified as a strategic investment priority. This project was designed to capture robust turf industry data to drive a prosperous and well informed industry. WRI was engaged by Hort Innovation to provide insights into the Australian turf industry, completing a national survey of growers to develop reliable data on key baseline indicators for the industry, including the value and area of turf production.

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