Paul Cooper has been appointed as the new chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC).
Cooper has been on the AMGC board since 2015 and is the owner of a Brisbane-based electronics manufacturing company that exports to the United States, India, and Germany.
He will take over from Andrew Stevens who is stepping down to assume the role of chair of the Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) Board.
Cooper’s appointment will take effect from the next AMGC board meeting on March 14.
With over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Cooper’s leadership will continue the efforts of the AMGC in unlocking the potential of Australia’s manufacturing sector, stimulating the economy and creating jobs.
To date, the Growth Centre has engaged with over 1500 businesses to create jobs and drive further growth in Australian manufacturing.
It supports 26 projects across the country in areas ranging from Industry 4.0 technologies for smart factories to sensing systems for mining and customised prescription eyewear for the global market.
These projects are expected to generate over $240 million in revenue for Australian businesses and an estimated 1100 new highly skilled jobs.
The AMGC is part of the federal government’s Industry Growth Centre Initiative, an industry-led approach which is driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness by focusing on areas of competitive strength and strategic priority.