Australia - Chicago Ties

Business Ties
  • There are an estimated 40 Australian companies in greater Chicago including: Amcor, Computershare, Lend Lease, Macquarie, Nufarm, Sims Metal Management and Suisse Vitamins
  • In 2016, tax advisors CST, IT company Ultra Serve and sign company Coates all moved into Chicago offices.
  • There are an estimated 110+ Chicago-area companies in Australia including: Abbott Laboratories, A.T. Kearney, Baxter International, Boeing, Chamberlain Group, Hyatt, Illinois Tool Works, Ingredion, McDonald’s, Motorola Solutions, Underwriters Laboratories and United Continental
  • Australian Consulate General and Australian Trade Commission co-located in Chicago
  • Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCC) in Chicago
  • A Melbourne Airport delegation met with the Dept. of Aviation to compare expansion programs, Nov. 2012
  • WBC hosted the President of the Australian Senate in a discussion of water issues, Sep. 2012
Recent Expansions
  • Nufarm, moved manufacturing operations from Calgary to Chicago Heights, 2015
  • Nufarm, new US HQ and manufacturing plant in Alsip, 2014
  • Unispace, Chicago office, 2014
  • Amcor, expansion at Method plant, Chicago, 2014
  • Suisse Vitamins, NA HQ, 2013
  • CHEP USA warehouse, Romeoville, 2012
Total Trade, 2016: US $3.1 billion
  • Total Imports to Illinois, 2016: US $1.0 billion
  • Top Import Categories, 2016: Aircraft parts, ore, meat, machine parts and albuminoidal substances
  • Total Exports from Illinois, 2016: US $2.1 billion
  • Top Export Categories, 2016: Machine parts, electric machinery, pharmaceutical products, vehicles and optic instruments