Victorian manufacturers will be better equipped to design and make more innovative products for the global automotive market, thanks to the backing of the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today announced $640,000 for a new Automotive Innovation Lab to be based in Victoria.
The lab will have the high-tech equipment, tools, vehicles and latest digital technologies to enable businesses to innovate, design, test and create automotive aftermarket products.
Led by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the lab will feature a dedicated on-site training facility to help smaller organisations and startups develop new products and grow their capability.
The lab will offer advanced manufacturing services including 3D scanning and printing, measuring sessions, technology transfer and Computer Aided Design.
With these testing facilities now to become available in Australia, companies will save time and costs in designing and delivering new products.
The lab will benefit advanced manufacturers across a broad range of industries and help create more than 600 jobs across the automotive aftermarket manufacturing sector.
The AAAA is the national industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, as well as providers of vehicle service, repair and modification services across the country.
Victoria’s manufacturing industry contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy, with over 13,000 businesses employing 288,000 people. It also exported $18.16 billion of manufactured goods in 2016-17.
Victorian manufacturing is thriving, with the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing growth of over 6,700 jobs from August 2017 to August 2018.
The growth in manufacturing is backed by the Labor Government’s $130 million in manufacturing support, which is creating over 6,000 jobs and driving $1.6 billion in private investment.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll
“Victoria is a leader in automotive design and engineering and thanks to the backing of the Andrews Labor Government – more businesses will be able to thrive and create jobs.”
“The Auto Innovation Lab will cement Victoria’s place as a leader in advanced manufacturing and will drive growth in the aftermarket industry.”