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New industry partnership to unlock Australia’s competitive edge in manufacturing

October 25, 2018 • News

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) has partnered with St.George Banking Group and UNSW Sydney to advance Australian research and accelerate the introduction and commercialisation of new manufacturing technologies.

The new partnership brings together three different streams of the Australian economy – research, industry and banking – to help Australian manufacturers transition to the digital age in order to build their business and compete globally.

“To improve our country’s innovation and competitiveness, manufacturers need to become highly-integrated, collaborative and export-focused so we can provide high-value, customised solutions to global supply chains,” says Mr Michael Sharpe, State Director of AMGC.

“This complementary partnership will forge the industry ahead by helping manufacturers to think more laterally about how they can use the latest technology to scale their businesses and seek new opportunities both onshore and overseas.”

Matthew Kelly, Head of Manufacturing and Wholesale at St George, says digitisation, data, automation and new materials are driving the re-emergence of manufacturing in Australia.

“Our customers are forward-thinking and want to tap into research to differentiate their businesses and make their processes more efficient, such as using real-time data to drive better decision making.”

“We have a very clear understanding of Australia’s potential in this sector which is why St.George is backing manufacturers for the long-term through this partnership and other initiatives.”

Professor Gangadhara Prusty, Director of UNSW-based ARC Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC), says the collaboration will deliver significant benefits for potential partners by giving them access to the nation’s most advanced manufacturing facilities.

.“This partnership will enable St.George customers and AMGC members to leverage technologies developed at UNSW and take advantage of the University’s skills and expertise in the engineering field,” Professor Prusty says.

“Using advanced manufacturing automation and innovative material solutions, we can assist potential partners in solving their real world engineering challenges. We are excited to collaborate with new industry partners to ensure Australian manufacturing remains competitive in the global market.”

St.George manufacturing customer, Clem Tacca of Tacca Industries in NSW will be one of the first customers to reap the benefits from this new collaboration.

“St.George has been backing us for years so we’re thrilled to be connected to UNSW and the AMGC to see how we can benefit from cutting-edge research and drive even greater efficiencies and scalability across our family’s business,” Mr Tacca says.

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