An industry matchmaking site backed by the Federal Government seeks to partner customers with Australian businesses that want to play their part in the response to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register, developed by the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, will assemble manufacturers, suppliers and customers on a self-managed platform.
“Industry asked for this and we have delivered,” says Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews.
Finding a way to connect local supply and demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) was, says Andrews, at the heart of the Federal Government’s COVID response.
“This digital platform is the missing puzzle piece that will unlock widespread collaboration across the manufacturing sector and boost domestic capability by creating and expanding local supply chains,” she says.
The matchmaking platform, which has already caused local businesses to pivot to produce essential medical supplies, combines AMGC’s COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register database of 2500 submissions with a further 600 local businesses identified through the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ recent Request for Information on PPE production capability.
Minister Andrews hopes the platform will be used by hospitals, GPs and community groups to find Australian suppliers of essential products not just now but well into the future.
“I have said right throughout this pandemic that I don’t want Australian production of essential medical supplies to be a flash in the pan,” she says.
“This needs to be capability that industry maintains well after we come out the other side.”
AMGC managing director Dr Jens Goennemann credits the willingness of Australian manufacturers to support the current crisis.
“Australian manufacturers are highly skilled, resilient and willing, and this enhanced platform allows them to continue the COVID-19 response while offering their services to a broader range of potential customers,” he says.
“Collaboration is key to the manufacturing industry’s continued success, and we encourage manufacturers, suppliers and customers to leverage the platform to benefit all participants.”
Dr Goennemann hopes to ensure the “overwhelming” offers from support from manufacturers and suppliers live on as a resource and continue long after the pandemic has passed.
Companies can use the platform’s capability manufacturing feature to share a need, solution or capability to a live community feed. Organisations looking for crucial supplies across the manufacturing value chain can use the platform’s supply matching feature to connect with suppliers.
The COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register platform can be accessed at amgc.org.au.