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Milestone marked as proposal for advanced manufacturing hub takes next step

Milestone marked as proposal for advanced manufacturing hub takes next step

Efforts to build the case for an advanced manufacturing hub in the South West are gearing up, with the Paxon Group awarded the tender to deliver a preliminary assessment report into the viability of the proposed facility.

The leading infrastructure advisory firm has been contracted by the South West Development Commission to develop a report that will act as a stepping stone to producing a full feasibility and business case for the concept.

A South West Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Hub (SW AMTECH) is being planned for Bunbury Geographe, as part of diversifying the economy to stimulate new opportunities for businesses and creating jobs.

It is expected a common user facility arrangement would provide local access to infrastructure, technology, training, education and research for the purpose of affording businesses the edge when competing for contracts in the global marketplace.

SWDC chief executive officer Mellisa Teede said the SW AMTECH initiative has received tremendous support from industry and government along with education and training providers.

“Earlier this year, the State Government committed an extra $2 million towards the feasibility study, on top of the $485,000 previously allocated,” Ms Teede said.

“We have also enjoyed support from leaders in their field who have provided strategic advice and direction as members of the Industry Leaders’ Group along with the Education and Research Innovation Group.

“We will continue to consult with stakeholders as extensive research is undertaken and planning progresses to justify moving towards a full business case.”

Research and analysis, along with site visits to identify examples of best practice, have been carried out by SWDC’s internal project team.

“We believe there are opportunities to capitalise on the region’s strengths and leverage opportunities to encouraging growth and investment in existing manufacturing and technology businesses,” Ms Teede said.

A South West Advanced Manufacturing Robotics Education Forum will be held in Bunbury this Friday October 22 2021. To register, click here.