In a bid to stem the decline of Australian manufacturing, a new advanced manufacturing hub has been unveiled in Adelaide, which will act as a learning and testing centre for process automation.
Billed as “one of the few Future Factories in the Southern Hemisphere”, the state-of-the art Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation (TMI) Hub was launched last week in conjunction with Flinders University, the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre and the South Australian government.
The modular Future Factory uses cutting-edge German technology to demonstrate the capabilities of automation, robotics and monitoring to local manufacturers and producers.
As well as real-world training for Australian businesses, the hub is expected to create research opportunities for academics, students and entrepreneurs alike to test new products and concepts.
“It’s a prime example of how traditional manufacturing is making way for advanced manufacturing in the new economy,” explained Professor John Spoehr, director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute.
“TMI will play a key role in accelerating the growth of advanced manufacturing by skilling our future workforce, with the adoption of digital technologies in South Australia giving rise to a new generation of manufacturers and highly skilled jobs.”
Among those businesses to benefit, according to Professor Spoehr, are those involved in defence supply chains.
Adrian Fahey, CEO at SAGE Group, said facilities like the TMI are “a great opportunity to build even stronger links between education and industry”.
“Being a part of this hub gives us an opportunity to continue to focus on what we’re doing … but also to tap into some of the new thinking from the institutes and the university, and collaborate to deliver the very best thinking for our clients.”
The site was officially opened at a ceremony on Friday, 9 February, by SA Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Kyam Maher.
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