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Swinburne welcomes Made in Victoria 2030 manufacturing statement

By on October 14, 2022 0

Swinburne welcomes the Victorian Government’s ‘Made in Victoria 2030’ statement, which outlines its priorities for improving advanced manufacturing in the state, attracting and stimulating investment and creating new jobs.

Victoria is a leader in advanced manufacturing and this $31 billion industry is growing through a pipeline of government-backed investment policies and partnerships.

Innovation, creative digitization and automation are essential for the next generation of advanced manufacturing – which, in turn, will have a major role to play in skills, jobs and the transition to a zero-emission economy or weak.

Five opportunities have been identified as critical for future investment in Victoria’s advanced manufacturing capacity:

  1. Zero and low emission technologies
  2. Health technologies
  3. Food manufacturing
  4. Defence, aerospace and space
  5. Digital and advanced technologies

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Engineering, Professor Karen Hapgood, is excited about the government’s commitment and the promise of the future of manufacturing.

“Government support for advanced manufacturing will enable Swinburne to accelerate our work in developing skilled workers for the next generation and research that will enable industry to transform its manufacturing to be smarter, more faster and cleaner,” Professor Hapgood said.

The future of manufacturing

We are currently living through the fourth industrial revolution. This is an emerging technological era where we expect to see entirely new smart factories, automated processes, 3D printing, greener processes with reduced waste and reusable materials.

At Swinburne we have a number of key areas. The Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) is home to fantastic initiatives to launch a hydrogen economy – such as a hydrogen fueling station with CSIRO at our Clayton campus and the publication of the Hydrogen Skills Roadmap to showcase recommendations for development and training needed to meet demand.

We also focus on health technologies through Medical Technology Victoria (MedTechVic), which works to develop Victorian supply chains and co-create assistive technologies between researchers and people with a lived experience.

Aerospace and space are major areas of research and education for Swinburne, whose Institute of Space Technology and Industry has partnered with industry to 3D print space technology, improve materials for space and even do production on the moon possible.

To support all manufacturing, we need to improve our digital and advanced technologies for industry and this is a major focus for Swinburne’s Future of Manufacturing Research Platform, the Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 hub and the Swinburne-CSIRO National Industry 4.0 Testlab that make manufacturing digital.

Made in Victoria 2030 will make Victoria the manufacturing leader for the next century, and Swinburne is delighted to help lead the next steps.