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National Manufacturing Precinct

14 June 2013

Composites Australia has committed to the National Manufacturing Precinct, an initiative formed through the federal government’s plan for industry, Building On Australia’s Strengths.

The program is in response to a report by the Prime Ministers’ Manufacturing Taskforce, which included non-government members and made over 40 recommendations.

“We need to increase the level of industry-led research and get better manufacturing outcomes from research to sustain our businesses,” says Kerryn Caulfield, CEO of Composites Australia.

“Fortunately the Taskforce understood that advancements in manufacturing can only be made by manufacturers.

“If all goes as planned and the precinct is allowed to be led by manufacturers, the program is a heartening commitment to manufacturing,” she said.

The intent is to enable manufacturers to collaborate and build much-needed scale with each other and researchers both at home and abroad to improve knowledge and skills, deploy technology and develop a cohort of growth-oriented businesses.

The precinct intends to bring together industry, research organisations, universities, large firms and government as well as entities such as Austrade, AusIndustry, Commercialisation Australia, the Cooperative Research Centres (including the Defence Materials Technology Centre) and Enterprise Connect. By way of example, Bombardier Transport has registered as a member of the precinct.

One of 10 precincts budgeted at $504.5 million, the Manufacturing Precinct is being led by former Siemen’s executive Albert Goller. Participants in the precinct will have merited access to the Industry Collaboration Fund which will encourage and build on business-led collaborations within Precincts.

“Yes, this is an election promise and yes, the guidelines are still being developed, however, all sides of politics understand that manufacturing is hurting and no government is likely to scrap a worthy initiative aimed at assisting manufacturers,” Ms Caulfield said.

“While the Manufacturing Precinct will be headquartered at Monash University’s Clayton Campus in Melbourne’s south east, it is intended to be virtual. In other words, the intent is for manufacturers from all around Australia to participate – which is achievable in this digital age when no one wants to leave the factory,” she said.

More information

Contact Kerryn Caulfield
T: 03 9429 9884
W: The precinct’s website