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Advanced manufacturing hub opens in Geelong

  • Posted on Monday 16th, April 2018.

The Victorian Government is bringing more manufacturing jobs to Geelong, with the official opening of the industrial innovation and accelerator hub, ManuFutures

Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, joined Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, in officially opening Geelong’s new advanced manufacturing innovation and industrial accelerator, ManuFutures.

Located at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus, ManuFutures will support up to 15 commercial enterprises and 150 people working in advanced manufacturing industries ranging from start-ups to global corporations

The Victorian Government has invested $3 million towards the $13 million project to create a future for Geelong’s manufacturing future.

The facility will focus on creating new products and driving the region’s transition to advanced manufacturing by leveraging Deakin University’s industry-focused research expertise.

The new facility includes flexible manufacturing production space, lab space, serviced offices, reception, and meeting areas.

Tenants will also benefit from co-location with Deakin University and have access to research teams, student placement programs, specialist technologies and equipment through various Deakin centres.

So far, seven tenants have been secured, including Insight Engineering, HeiQ, Flaim Systems, Partington Advanced Engineering, FormFlow, Conflux Technology and The Smart Think. SEA Automotive has also been confirmed as a partner organisation.

According to the Victorian Government, the $13 million facility will attract private investment, boost commercial returns from research for advanced manufacturing enterprises, and drive the Barwon Region’s transition to high tech, smart manufacturing.

“Geelong has a strong manufacturing future, and with the opening of ManuFutures, it shows a real vote of confidence in Geelong as it embraces hi-tech and innovative manufacturers,” said Pulford. “The project will create jobs, boost commercial returns from research, and act as an investment attractor for the Barwon region.”

(Image: appointed under a Design & Construct contract, Vaughan Constructions delivered the purpose-built facility.)

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