none

GERMAN ACCORD TO DRIVE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY 4.0 UPTAKE

20-07-2018
by 
in 
David Chuter of the IMCRC puts pen to paper, watched by Frank Wagner from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering

The Innovative Manufacturing CRC has signed a framework agreement with the Fraunhofer Society with the aim of increasing the awareness and uptake of Industry 4.0 in Australian manufacturing industry.

The German Fraunhofer Society is one of Europe’s leading organisations for applied research, and the agreement will see the IMCRC established as its preferred partner for Industry 4.0 activities in both Australia and New Zealand.

Future projects governed by the framework might include collaborations, technology transfers, joint research projects and exchanges.

According to IMCRC CEO and Managing Director, David Chuter, the partnership with Fraunhofer is intended to accelerate the awareness and uptake of Industry 4.0 technologies and innovative business models by Australian manufacturers.

“IMCRC is committed to transforming Australia’s manufacturing industry from its reliance on capital and labour-intensive production, to an industry realising new commercial opportunities driven by innovation in all aspects of manufacturing,” says Chuter.

“The agreement with Fraunhofer formalises the work already well underway to drive collaboration between Australia and Germany to promote the uptake of Industry 4.0 and other advanced manufacturing best practices and methodologies, particularly with Australian SME manufacturing companies.”

The IMCRC already has a working relationship with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, which has been a key advocate and driver of the adoption of Industry 4.0 in Germany. The two organisations are codeveloping a set of specific educational material and workshops that transfer practical expertise to get SMEs on the journey for digital transformation.

According to Innes Willox, CEO of the Australian Industry Group, Chair of the Industry 4.0 taskforce in Australia and Director of IMCRC: “The IMCRC has been working with Fraunhofer since 2015, so we are delighted to establish this formal arrangement to broaden the opportunities for collaboration going forward. This also represents an important initiative within our overall research and innovation strategy for industry 4.0 in our region to catalyse investment in advanced and digital manufacturing.”

Frank Wagner, Head of Strategic R&D Cooperation at Fraunhofer IAO said, “we see significant potential for Australia’s manufacturing sector to increase both its competitiveness and global relevance through uptake of industry 4.0 and advanced and digital manufacturing best practice, and this will continue to strengthen research and innovation links with Germany.”

 

Related news & editorials

  1. 22.10.2020
    22.10.2020
    by      In
    A poll of Ai Group member companies has found a growing incidence of insurance stress related to huge price spikes, reduced coverage or an inability to secure any coverage on certain risks has afflicted more than 50 per cent of businesses.
    Following an increase in anecdotal reports, a poll of Ai... Read More
  2. 21.10.2020
    21.10.2020
    by      In
    Despite the safety and wellbeing of employees being of paramount importance to organisations across a wide range of industries worldwide, the International Labour Organisation reports that a staggering 2.3 million people a year still die due to work-related accidents, with a further 300 million... Read More
  3. 21.10.2020
    21.10.2020
    by      In
    A new report from the Climate Council has revealed Queensland has the natural resources to become a world leader in renewable energy, as well as in industries such as clean manufacturing, minerals processing and renewable hydrogen - bringing with it tens of thousands of jobs.
    The report  “Leaders... Read More
  4. 21.10.2020
    21.10.2020
    by      In
    After almost a year of being obligated to becoming COVID-19 sensitive, it is important to consider if we have developed a good understanding about the most effective way to keep surfaces free from the potential transmission of the virus.
    There is a clear difference between cleaning surfaces, as... Read More