The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), part of the Commonwealth’s Industry Growth Centre initiative, launched a national register to collate local expertise in the areas of medical supplies and other essential items. The response has been extraordinary with over 1,000 responses received in under a week.
Offers of assistance have been received from across the nation and demonstrate the willingness of the broad manufacturing sector to stand-up in support of Australia’s health and critical manufacturing sectors during this unprecedented time.
Dr. Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of AMGC, said “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity, ideas and capabilities that have been put forward to assist with the response to COVID-19. From submissions to manufacture ventilators and PPE, to manufacturers offering up raw materials and supplies to other businesses, the overall response has been extraordinary,”
“As Australians, we rise to a challenge and are happy to do our bit, and the manufacturing sector is no different – we are in very capable hands and the work being done proves how essential manufacturing is in Australia.” Said Dr. Goennemann.
AMGC’s register has already delivered results, with numerous manufacturers linked to each other through AMGC and now collaborating on projects devised to supply essential goods and/or services in response to COVID-19. Other specialities and capabilities have been identified and are being linked to the relevant working groups where appropriate, or kept abreast of needs and updates as they arise.
The COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register is live now via the AMGC website, with all contact treated in strict confidence.
Beyond the new registration portal, AMGC has increased its support of Australian manufacturers and will be boosting its online Manufacturing Academy learning portal, providing bespoke online webinars, while current State and Federal Government tenders and Expressions of Interest will be broadcast via the organisation’s website and social media platforms.
AMGC’s current pipeline of manufacturing industry projects and programs continues to progress, with further information available here.