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Advanced robot manufacturing hub set to benefit Sutherland

16 October 2014

Local business leaders have joined with advanced manufacturers and researchers in a bid to establish an Advanced Manufacturing Business Centre specialising in robots and robotics in Sutherland.

Speaking at the Sutherland ShireBiz forum at Burraneer today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry Bob Baldwin welcomed the move, as an illustration of the type of collaboration that will be essential to boost Australia’s productivity.

“The development of a Sutherland Advanced Manufacturing Business Centre shows the sense of entrepreneurialism and industry-led initiative that will feature in Australia’s new direction for industry policy,” Mr Baldwin said.

“As identified in the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda announced by the Prime Minister and Minister for Industry on Tuesday, advanced manufacturing is an area where Australia can be highly competitive on the international stage.

“Our highly skilled advanced manufacturing workforce has experience and know-how to move into new global markets and we must keep creating new opportunities for the sector to further build its detailed knowledge and ability to innovate.

“The proposal to produce robots and robotic components at a new centre at Lucas Heights will enable new and established local businesses to strengthen their expertise in additive manufacturing, advanced materials science, nanotechnology, nuclear science and information and communication technologies.

“Lucas Heights is ideal as it already hosts a nucleus of science and technology providers including ANSTO, CSIRO, and the University of Wollongong’s Australian Centre for Electro-materials Sciences.

“Playing to our natural economic strengths through initiatives like the Advanced Manufacturing Business Centre will enable us to improve our international competitiveness, create jobs, and grow the economy.”

For Further information on the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, visit: www.dpmc.gov.au/publications/Industry_Innovation_and_Competitiveness_Agenda/index.cfm

Media contact: Mr Baldwin's office 02 6277 4200