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Advanced materials key to manufacturing growth

12 September 2017

Composites Australia submissions to state and federal future manufacturing plans advocate for government investment and support to unlock the potential of our sector to grow, generate new jobs and contribute to local economic growth. 

The Victorian Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council invited Composites Australia to contribute to the review of Victorian manufacturing.

At a meeting with Council Chair Ross Pilling, Composites Australia put forward our view in an “industry statement” that was submitted to the council.

The statement urges the Victorian government to:

  • assist investment in process machinery, including but not limited to robotics, resin infusion processes, compression/injection moulding and autoclaves.
  • invest in applied industry/research collaborations.
  • develop balanced industry policy that assists organisations that make things.
  • support the Victorian advanced composites sector as a whole, rather than a single fibre focus, to realise the growth potential across all materials.
  • consult with the Victorian advanced composites sector on major investment decisions.

In September, the Victorian Government announced its plan to grow the state’s manufacturing industry and create skilled jobs. Entitled Advancing Victoria’s Manufacturing. A Blueprint for the Future, the policy document “has a more balanced approach than other recent publications on manufacturing,” says Composites Australia Executive Manager Kerryn Caulfield.

“The document recognises the competitive advantage offered by advanced materials in delivering better product performance in terms of durability, ‘smart’ features, or lighter weight, creating a sustainable advantage over low-cost alternatives.”

It identifies “the utilisation of advanced materials is a major opportunity for Victoria’s high-value manufacturing sector” and in the Government’s future focus to capture high value manufacturing opportunities, commits to “secure Victoria’s global position as a leader in engineered materials such as fibre composites.”

Members can access Composites Australia’s industry statement on our website in the Member Centre under Reports to Members.

Composites Australia also contributed to the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre‘s detailed investigation of the barriers to greater uptake of Industry 4.0 by Australian manufacturers. We look forward to the finalisation of the submission and its recommendations to address these barriers.