Australia opens Manufacturing Industry Innovation Precinct headquarters

09 May 2013

Australia has opened new headquarters for its Manufacturing Industry Innovation Precinct in a move that bolsters the nation’s reputation for innovation and sharpens its competitive edge in a global market.

The Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, opened the Manufacturing Precinct headquarters in Melbourne.  Chaired by experienced industry executive, Albert Gӧller, the Manufacturing Precinct will work closely with Australia’s best manufacturers and researchers who will come together as foundation members.

"By bringing together our best research minds and our most innovative businesses, Industry Innovation Precincts will create Australian businesses and industries that can compete on the world stage," Mr Combet said.

The precincts are a key part of the $1 billion Industry and Innovation Statement, unveiled in February 2013 by the Government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

As part of the plan, the Government has said it would invest more than $500 million in establishing 10 Industry Innovation Precincts around Australia, joining companies, universities and research institutions, as well as experts in technology and business.

The first two, a Manufacturing and Food Precinct, were announced at the time of the release of the Government’s Industry and Innovation Statement, with the remaining eight Precincts to be determined by a competitive selection process.

Applications are open for these remaining Industry Innovation Precincts.