The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is to carry out a series of events in 2019 aimed at building greater resilience to changes within the Australian manufacturing industry.
According to the AMGC, the events are designed to bring together people, organisations and businesses operating within the Australian manufacturing industry who may not otherwise collaborate, including local manufacturers, university professors and academic researchers.
Keynote speakers from organisations such as the Industry Capability Network and CSIRO will be delivered, and the latest opportunities in advanced manufacturing, funding opportunities, and government grants will be presented.
Michael Sharpe, AMGC’s state director of NSW and the ACT, said that the program of member events for 2019 was about bringing people together to break down barriers.
“Oftentimes, university academics and industry professionals speak different languages. But, when you put people together in the same room—to have a proper, in-depth, face-to-face conversation—it really is amazing what can be accomplished,” Sharpe said.
“We have some of the greatest minds in the world working in Australia’s universities. Facilitating events that get the university professors out on the factory floor to see what’s going on in industry is just as useful for the academics and their research, as it is for the AMGC members involved.”
Sharpe said that, with manufacturers and universities sharing and collaborating on the practical implementation of cutting-edge research on the factory floor, the Centre was already seeing positive results.
“We’ve held three events in Dubbo over the last 12 months. As a result of these events, several AMGC members have travelled to universities in Sydney to continue the conversation around building technically superior products, collaborating on innovative services, and developing an ongoing partnership,” he said.
“No one knows your business like yourself, but to share knowledge can be a powerful thing.”