Australian advanced manufacturing’s pivotal role in helping revive the national economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to gain momentum.
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is partnering with accountancy firm BDO to further explore the recent manufacturing related challenges and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 crisis.
Advanced manufacturing – using emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, robotics and automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning – aims to improve local manufacturing productivity, with an aim to make the sector more competitive globally.
It comes as the Federal Government’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) continues scoping out strategies to bolster the manufacturing sector as a tool for economic stimulation and job creation, as the government seeks to shore up the nation’s supply chains amid shifting geo-political dynamics.
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre ‘Rethinking Manufacturing’ webinar series highlights local Australian case studies, the route towards innovation, how manufacturers can succeed locally and globally, and the circular economy.
Recent Federal Government figures show the manufacturing space employs around 900,000 Australians, invests AU$4 billion in research and development, and contributes AU$100 billion to the economy.
The Federal Government, NCCC and a broad range of industry stakeholders are aiming to significantly boost those figures in the coming years, with advanced manufacturing seen as a crucial component in future industry growth.
Key speakers at the Rethinking Manufacturing – The Circular Economy webinar include: Ryan Pollett – BDO National Manufacturing & Wholesale Leader, Michael Sharpe – AMGC National Director Of Industry, Prof. Veena Sahajwalla – Director of Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) at UNSW Australia and Dylan Byrne – BDO Business Services Partner