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Manufacturing our future

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[Music plays and animation appears on screen of a factory, and a person flying an aeroplane appears]

Narrator:  Australia has a long history of making stuff, and we’re pretty great at it, which has made manufacturing a key part of our economy.

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The industry employs over a million Australians, accounts for around 8% of our GDP, and 30% of our exports.  But we’ve got some challenges ahead.

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There’s increased competition from developing nations, a fluctuating Australian dollar that makes profits and costs unpredictable.

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Australia has lower productivity growth than our competitors, and the move toward a low carbon economy means a lot of old methods don’t work anymore.

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But because we’re Australians, and we’re a damn resourceful bunch, we’ve got a plan.

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We’re stepping in to help manufacturers with new and advanced technology, including metallic 3D printing, from surgical implants, to plane parts.

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Biomedical manufacturing for new medical treatments and technologies.

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Smart chemicals and textiles, from carbon fibre to wearable tech.

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Industrial prototypes, including wafer thin printable solar panels.

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Smart materials that can fit the surface area of a football field into a single gram.

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And intelligent industrial environments where people and autonomous machines can work safely and productively side by side.

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Using all of these new techniques we’re working with the manufacturing industry to create innovative new products, highly skilled jobs, and huge economic benefits.

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And that’s going to get Australia blasting into a strong future.

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We see many opportunities for growth for Australian manufacturers, in areas such as advanced manufacturing, medical technologies, metal processing, aerospace and fibre industries. We help translate innovations in products and manufacturing processes to industry by taking scientific breakthroughs through the journey of development and scale-up to pre-commercial levels.

We focus on increasing rates of discovery and reducing risks for our customers, enabling businesses to boost their commercial opportunities and profitability by adopting innovations. Our partnerships with universities and government agencies further support the translation of innovations to industry.

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We engage with Australian manufacturers and support SMEs in many different ways:

  • through industry workshops to identify opportunities for creating new solutions for Australian manufacturers
  • by exploring new business models, such as easy and low cost access to IP platforms for Australian owned and operated companies for use in Australia
  • by incubating new companies
  • through exploring the use of crowd sourcing to fund product development
  • by seconding staff to work with our partners in their organisations
  • by making the expertise of our senior researcher accessible to industry through our consulting services
  • through industry outreach to assist in their adoption of new business methods.


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