Victorian Industry and Employment Minister Ben Carroll has announced $640,000 for a new Automotive Innovation Lab that will help manufacturers to be better equipped to design and make more innovative products for the global automotive market.
Led by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the lab will have the high-tech equipment, tools, vehicles and latest digital technologies to enable businesses to innovate, design, test and create automotive aftermarket products.
Featuring a dedicated on-site training facility to help smaller organisations and startups develop new products and grow their capability, the lab will also offer advanced manufacturing services including 3D scanning and printing, measuring sessions, technology transfer and Computer Aided Design.
Minister Carroll said the facility will benefit advanced manufacturers across a broad range of industries and help create more than 600 jobs across the automotive aftermarket manufacturing sector.
“Victoria is a leader in automotive design and engineering and thanks to the backing of the Andrews Labor Government – more businesses will be able to thrive and create jobs.” the Minister stated.
“The Auto Innovation Lab will cement Victoria’s place as a leader in advanced manufacturing and will drive growth in the aftermarket industry.”