Industry Report

How to engage with Australia in Advanced Manufacturing

As part of the 2020/21 Australian federal budget, the Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), announced key initiatives to deliver immediate and long-term economic benefits, including a A$1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy, a A$107.2 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative, and a A$52.8 million Modern Modernisation Fund (round 2).  This highlights the importance of manufacturing to a modern Australian economy and serves as a response to the COVID-19 crisis. What are the opportunities for Swiss MEM SMEs?

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The strategy, together with initiatives by the Australian Industry Group, which hosts the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum, facilitates and encourages collaboration on priorities for the whole manufacturing sector. The Australian government has, for the first time, adopted a top-down approach and is pushing for real transformation in the advanced manufacturing sector.

How can this benefit Swiss internationally active SMEs?

Switzerland is renowned for its manufacturing strengths, reliability and advanced technologies and benefits from a very positive image in Australia. Swiss companies working in the following sectors, have particularly advantageous opportunities in Australia:

  • Assembly and Factory Automation
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Transmission & Distribution
  • Packaging Industry
  • Warehousing Industry

The report Australian Advanced Manufacturing – a new definition for a new era - by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), highlights that Australian manufacturers should take individual circumstances, capabilities and their strengths into consideration and pick an area of focus. Swiss companies have opportunities to assist in this transformation of the manufacturing sector by either engaging in collaboration with Australian companies or offering unique solutions. In an interview, conducted in November 2020 with the Managing Director of the AMGC, Dr. Jens Gönnemann, it became clear that digitisation across value and supply chains is the most important underlying principle for all industry sectors in Australia to succeed.

Opportunities for Swiss companies and Swiss solutions exist in

  • Process Automation, fixed, navigation, mobile
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Sensor technology
  • Cloud computing
  • 3D printing to process metals like titanium, nickel and aluminium – the market is expected to see strong growth in biomedical, aerospace, and mining industries due to additive manufacturing
  • In the medical industry, additive manufacturing opportunities exist in implants, dental products and orthotics
  • Additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry for research into titanium and composite materials for precision engineered components
  • Computer-assisted manufacturing systems to help with advances in automation technology and machinery utilization
  • Machinery to increase efficiency and consolidated operations
  • Sustainable packaging
  • Warehousing solutions
  • In the Transmission and Distribution industry, new systems are required to manage power system frequency, voltage strength, power system inertia, gas system pressures

These to name but a few – join our upcoming webinar to find out more or read further details in the Advanced Manufacturing Report available below.




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