Last week, more than 100 Australian manufacturing businesses and researchers descended on UNSW to discuss ways to boost the country's advanced manufacturing industry. A new fund was also launched at the event to support their efforts.
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The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) event showcased industry thought leaders including Behrang Poorganji, materials development leader at GE Additive, Lochie Bourke, co-founder of JAR Aerospace, Professor Gangadhara Prusty, director of the UNSW AMAC Centre and Professor Veena Sahajwalla, director of the UNSW SMaRT Centre.

Michael Sharpe, NSW state director, AMGC commented: "The advanced manufacturing movement is in a very strong position across Australia and this will only improve in the coming years if the industry continues to innovate. A total of $36 billion could be added to the Australian economy if the manufacturing industry prioritises competing on quality rather than price. The industry is at its strongest when it provides the best products, not simply the cheapest."

Speakers discussed a range of new approaches to boost the Australian advanced manufacturing industry, with session topics including additive manufacturing, micro-factory technologies and automated composite manufacturing.

The discussion sessions were followed by tours of the university's state-of-the-art research facilities, the Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) Centre and the Sustainable Materials and Research Technology (SMaRT) Centre, which are already working with some AMGC members to develop revolutionary products and processes. 

The event incorporated the launch of a new funding grant which will support manufacturers developing end-market solutions to tackle the China's National Sword policy.

The Product Improvement Program, a new recycling grant from the NSW EPA, will provide $4.5 million of funding to organisations which own and operate facilities which reprocess or reuse recyclable materials. Applications are now open for individual grant funds of between $50,000 - $1 million to businesses to encourage the reuse of waste in New South Wales.

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