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Industry network to build strong Aussie SMEs through Industry Growth Program and funding

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub 3 mins read
ARM Hub Founder and CEO Professor Cori Stewart

Brisbane - The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub has welcomed news that the Australian Manufacturing Capability Network (AMCN) has been selected as an Industry Partner Organisation for the Industry Growth Program.

Australian Government Minister for Industry and Science Minister Ed Husic today announced that several not-for-profit organisations will work with the Industry Growth Program to help participating small and medium businesses bring new products and services to market.

The Industry Growth Program provides expert advice on commercialisation and early-stage business growth to startups and high-growth small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) operating within the priority areas of the National Reconstruction Fund priority, and to help build Australian manufacturing for the future. This advice is provided by Industry Growth program advisers.

As an Industry Partner Organisation, the AMCN will complement this advice, and add value to and enhance the support provided to SMEs by offering specialised advisory services, drawing on its sectoral expertise.

ARM Hub Founder and CEO Professor Cori Stewart said this was an opportunity to better enable SMEs and startups become global innovation leaders.

“On behalf of the AMCN, we are thrilled to be partnering with the Industry Growth Program. I would like to thank the Australian Government for this opportunity as well as our network partners for their commitment to strengthening sovereign manufacturing capability and growing the national economy,” Professor Stewart said.

“Australian industry has a scale-up challenge resulting in a ‘missing middle’ of ambitious export-orientated SMEs and startups. Small business – which accounts for 93% of all Australian business – have low levels of free cash flow and human resources that limit their capacity to invest in adopting and scaling innovation.

“The AMCN, which will be led by the ARM Hub, will help them by facilitating access to a comprehensive network of technology experts, world-class manufacturing facilities and equipment, and valuable commercialisation services.

“We complement the role of the Industry Growth Program by offering deep technical support across the spectrum of ‘enabling capabilities’ such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous systems.”

The AMCN is a collaboration between industry, government, and universities.

Its members include the ARM Hub, Core Innovation Hub, CSIRO, Flinders University, Swinburne University of Technology, Queensland Government, University of Technology Sydney, and Western Sydney University.

It is further supported by technology partners, specialist providers, and venture capital investors Advisory Board Centre, Data and Knowledge Enterprise (DKE), Defence Science Centre Western Australia, Friday Capital Partners, Johnson Winter Slattery, Paradigm Shift Asset Management, Partner Ventures, and Smartsat CRC.  

It will act as a support and advisory service to the Industry Growth Program, helping companies in the program to overcome challenges associated with commercialising projects.

Further details about the AMCN will be released shortly.


Key Facts:

The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub has been appointed as an Industry Partner Organisation for the Industry Growth Program by Minister Ed Husic today.

The ARM Hub is based in Brisbane. It will lead the Australian Manufacturing Capability Network, which will help small and medium businesses across Australia.


About us:

The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub (ARM) Hub is a leading innovation commercialisation organisation dedicated to advancing robotics, ai, and automation technologies across industry sectors. ARM Hub collaborates with industry and research partners to translate good ideas into commercial value that increases Australia’s manufacturing capability. Visit armhub.com.au.

The Australian Manufacturing Capability Network is collaboration between the ARM Hub, Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct, Core Innovation Hub, CSIRO, Flinders University, Swinburne University of Technology, Queensland Government, University of Technology Sydney, and Western Sydney University. It is further supported by Advisory Board Centre, Data and Knowledge Enterprise (DKE), Defence Science Centre Western Australia, Friday Capital Partners, Johnson Winter Slattery, Paradigm Shift Asset Management, Partner Ventures, and Smartsat CRC. The AMCN will assist referred SMEs and startups in the manufacturing sector through a range of initiatives, including access to facilities, equipment, technical support, expertise, specialised programs, and events.


Contact details:

Angela Reed, ARM Hub Director Marketing and & Memberships | 0430 197 158

 

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