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Australia : Government help to match manufacturers with emerging technologies

July 25, 2014

South Australian manufacturers are being encouraged through a new government program to explore the opportunities for adopting the latest manufacturing technologies. Launched today by Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Susan Close, the Manufacturing Technologies Program aims to raise local industry s awareness and understanding of the availability and capabilities of new technologies being developed locally by our researchers. Competing on innovation and value over cost and scale is the way forward for South Australian manufacturing, and many firms are already doing this, Dr Close said.

We want to expand the Government s support for enterprises seeking to adopt new technologies in their pursuit of lower costs and more advanced manufacturing methods. This program not only maps the capabilities of universities and research providers but also investigates what may be useful for local manufacturers looking to take up new technologies. There are multiple pathways to innovate. The Manufacturing Technologies Program will play an important role in helping South Australian firms chose the right pathway for them.

Dr Close said there is significant untapped potential for firms to collaborate and for the government and public research sector to leverage our State s world-class applied research. As part of our manufacturing strategy, we want to support a shift toward the practical aspects of what can be done to give firms a competitive edge, based on new technology, she said. In a two-stage process, the capabilities of the state s research providers and universities have been mapped to find out what expertise and equipment is available to local manufacturers.

The next stage comprises a comprehensive industry survey to determine the level of industry knowledge around new technologies, what technologies are currently being implemented and how government can better assist local firms to use them. The technology areas to be explored include additive manufacturing, advanced materials, advanced robotics and automation, photonics, digital technology and big data analytics. The Manufacturing Technologies Program complements government-backed initiatives being run in partnership with Flinders University and Adelaide University to promote the uptake of medical device technologies, nanotechnology and photonics.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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