Advanced Manufacturing

About Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is a broad set of enabling technologies, processes and practices that businesses from a wide range of industry sectors can adopt to improve their productivity and competitiveness.

Some examples of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes include:

  • Additive manufacturing/3D printing (i.e. a digitally based alternative to traditional ‘subtractive’ manufacturing)
  • Advanced materials (i.e. use of materials such as carbon fibre and graphene to make stronger, lighter or more durable products).
  • Industry 4.0 (i.e. the 4th wave of the industrial revolution that connects big data and analytics with automation and robotics; cloud computing; and system/software integration to create 'smart factories').
  • Biotechnologies (e.g. genetically engineered crops, bio-remediation (microbes) to clean up oil spills)
  • Nanotechnologies (i.e. engineering and technology conducted at the nanoscale to produce products such as  disease-targeted drugs and lighter sporting equipment)
  • Design-led innovation (i.e. the strategic ‘design’ of every aspect of an organisation’s value-adding activities to improve its sustainable competitiveness)

Case Studies

The following case studies demonstrate advanced manufacturing technologies utilised by Australian companies.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics. *R&D expenditure is collected every two years.

Government Programmes

  • Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
    The Government announced the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) on 6 August 2015 as part of the $250 million Industry Growth Centres Initiative. The vision for the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre is to develop an internationally competitive, dynamic and thriving Australian advanced manufacturing sector that is critical to the long-term health of the economy and the nation.
  • On 9 December 2016, the AMGC released its Sector Competitiveness Plan (refer link below), outlining opportunities for advanced manufacturing and providing a possible action plan over the next decade.

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  • Cooperative Research Centres
    The Government announced the $40 million Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) on 26 May 2015. The IMCRC will bring industry into clusters together with world-leading research capability. Through the development and application of new materials, systems and technologies, the IMCRC will create new products, processes and business models.
  • The IMCRC is working closely with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre to ensure an integrated approach to overcoming challenges and developing market opportunities for local businesses.

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