​CSIRO/META hub launch hopes to address manufacturing’s digital divide

The Manufacturing Excellence Taskforce of Australia and META
have announced a new i-Manufacturing Hub, aiming to increase the efficiency of
SMEs and better their connection with customers through ICT.

The i-Manufacturing hub, according to those behind it, will
help participants integrate Information and communications technology (ICT)
within their manufacturing processes.

ICT is an area identified by the CSIRO where Australian
manufacturing businesses could strengthen their global competitiveness and
adapt to demands including smaller batches, mass customisation, increased
agility and increased servitisation.

“The introduction of the hub will assist in closing the gaps
within the value-chain – allowing [manufacturers] to produce and distribute
high quality products that can compete with the rest of the world,” said Zoran
Angelkovski, META’s managing director.

“The unique part of this hub is the close collaboration we
have generated between manufacturing companies and CSIRO who have been
researching the digital productivity for several years and can pinpoint exactly
the pain-points and gaps that exist in the manufacturing process.”

The launch follows CSIRO’s discussion paper released
in September, titled
Equipping Australian
Manufacturing for the Information Age: iManufacturing – Is Australia Ready?

“Australia has this amazing opportunity now to set itself up
for this highly customised, highly flexible [future, with] high margin production
runs,” the CSIRO’s Peter Kambouris told the ABC earlier this year, following
the paper’s launch.

For more information or to join the i-Manufacturing hub, click here.