New Manufacturing Technologies Centre opens in Adelaide

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The South Australian Government has opened a new Manufacturing Technologies Centre in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, providing businesses with access to the state’s best researchers, financial institutions and global supply chains to help them grow.

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Located at the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes campus, the $1.2 million centre will assist businesses, free of charge, to identify methods by which they can adopt priority technology areas including additive manufacturing, advanced materials, phototonics, robotics and automation and big data.

The centre will be working closely with SA’s three main universities, as well as others interstate and overseas, to become a centrepoint where industry can develop collaborative alliances and overcome barriers to adopting new technology.

Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation Kyam Maher said the new Manufacturing Technologies Centre is part of the Northern Economic Plan, which was developed to identify new projects and priority sectors that will attract investment and help create jobs once Holden closes later next year.

“South Australia’s economy is moving towards a high-value, high-tech future that will pose many challenges as the manufacturing industry evolves,” the Minister said.

“With change comes opportunity and we need to take bold actions, adopt new ways of doing things and use advanced technologies to build globally competitive, high-value firms and access new global markets. The Manufacturing Technologies Centre is part of our Northern Economic Plan to unite government, industry, education and the community to work towards a prosperous northern Adelaide.”

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said the new centre is set to become a showcase of collaborative practice at its best, with research, industry, education and government working together to create outcomes that will have an ongoing benefit to South Australia and its industries.

“Our Mawson Lakes campus is the perfect location for the new Manufacturing Technologies Centre. We have longstanding links with industry and manufacturing going back to the very roots of the University, particularly in Adelaide’s North,” he added.

“Today, UniSA continues to deliver world class research supporting industry and business innovation and underpinning local technological advancements and the education of new professionals to take their place in the sector.”