A message from Jens Goennemann

2019 has been a year of innovation and growth for the manufacturing industry. AMGC has focussed on strengthening the development of a dynamic, competitive, export-focused sector in Australia.

Our approach has been three-fold:

  1. Our respected in-depth research demonstrates how a company can take concrete steps to mitigate market volatility and become an advanced manufacturer
  2. Based on this research, our projects illustrate best practices that are accelerating manufacturing in Australia
  3. We then present key learnings from our projects to industry through face-to-face events and our newly launched digital Manufacturing Academy, paving the way for other companies and research institutions to model these practices

Projects that commercialise innovation

AMGC supports outstanding projects that commercialise innovation. We utilise these projects to illuminate best practice strategies that are accelerating manufacturing in Australia.

Since its inception, AMGC has facilitated 50 projects across Australia, with over $26 million in AMGC and in-kind funding committed. These 50 projects are expected to deliver over 1,400 new jobs and $370 million in revenue, with even more projects lined up for scoping and approval in 2020.

Events that foster connectivity

AMGC reached thousands of manufacturers in 2019 through 35 face-to-face events, held not just in capital cities, but across rural and regional areas. Focussed on emerging trends in business, government funding and support programs, and our latest research, AMGC’s events offered real insights and inspiration, and fostered connectivity.

Not surprisingly, many of our events attracted hundreds of manufacturers; it was standing room only on numerous occasions. Our calendar of events for 2020 is already shaping up to be equally busy.

A Manufacturing Academy that delivers exclusive insights

At National Manufacturing Week in May 2019, we launched the Manufacturing Academy. Designed to deliver exclusive insights on how to increase commercialisation and capitalise on innovation, the Manufacturing Academy offers industry over 500 pages of in-depth research, interviews with more than 20 Australian manufacturers, and over 50 hours of video content, distilled into eight inspirational, informative modules.

Australian manufacturers can delve into real-world examples and discover— from their peers—what has delivered successful commercialisation and innovation outcomes, why these processes work, and how to begin incorporating similar processes within their own business.

A growing membership

Clearly, AMGC’s approach is having a far-reaching impact. Our membership grew to encompass over 1,000 Australian businesses in 2019.

One of our newest members is Metabolic Health Solutions, which is featured in this month’s Better Together column. Be sure to read all about their collaboration with universities and health professionals to further develop and validate their innovative new technology that is breathing new life into the weight loss industry.

The perception and nature of the industry is transforming, and signs of expansion and prosperity are building.

I look forward to 2020 and am confident that it will be a highly successful year for the AMGC, our members, and the wider Australian manufacturing industry.

Further information

If you have not already done so, I strongly encourage you to attend an AMGC event in 2020, and to log into the Manufacturing Academy.

For further information on AMGC’s next event near you, visit our website: https://www.amgc.org.au/events/

To log in and learn today, visit the Manufacturing Academy: https://www.manufacturingacademy.org.au/