IMCRC powers manufacturing transformation

The Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre is living up to its promise of driving industrial transformation, reporting $140 million worth of manufacturing research underway by June 30 this year.

In its annual yearly highlights just released, CEO David Chuter reported a further $23 million of government cash had been invested alongside industry to create new manufacturing technologies and business models.

The cash will catalyse investment by industry and research partners totaling up to $140 million over the life of the projects.

Chuter said: “These projects cover several primary industry sectors including advanced manufacturing, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, building and construction, mining, automotive and defence.”

Ten new companies began collaborating with IMCRC in new projects developing additive manufacturing processes, high-value product development and industrial transformation.

They included:

# Titomic for the development of titanium monocoque structures (below).

# SPEED3D to develop machine vision for high-speed 3D printing (below).

# Allegra Orthopaedics to develop kangaroo-derived ligament grafts.

# VAXXas Pty Ltd to develop new vaccine delivery technologies (below)

# And Speedpanel Holdings, to develop next-generation wall panels (below).

In the latest year the IMCRC continued its focus on furthering adoption of industry 4.0 in the manufacturing sector.

Chuter said: “To us, industry 4.0 is about adopting a new approach to manufacturing and to business in general.

“(This is) one that will empower manufacturers to continually enhance performance and create new and and unique value.”

Also, the centre’s futuremap workshop, which builds capabilities of leadership, collaboration, new models and strategic planning, was delivered to more than 300 SMEs in the year.

Picture: David Chuter

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