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2 May 2013

The New Horizons building, shared by Monash and the CSIRO.
The New Horizons building, shared by Monash and the CSIRO, will house the Australian Manufacturing Innovation Precinct HQ.

To be headquartered at Monash University, a new manufacturing innovation precinct, which will help drive the resurgence of the industry, has been announced by the Australian Government.

Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, The Honourable Greg Combet officially launched the Australian Manufacturing Innovation Precinct (AMIP) head office at the University's cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary research facility, New Horizons.

The AMIP will be the first of up to 10 such precincts to be established under A Plan for Australian Jobs - The Australian Government's Industry and Innovation Statement.

It is intended to help build the scale and quality of the manufacturing industry to increase exports, foreign investment and jobs and will be supported with up to $4 million in funding each year.

Monash Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Infrastructure), Professor Ian Smith, said locating the headquarters at New Horizons was appropriate given that the University sits in the heart of the South East manufacturing precinct, together with the University's and CSIRO’s research strengths in manufacturing technology.

"A key aspect of these precincts will be building connections between research institutions, such as universities, and business. Monash really is leading the way in manufacturing research with internationally recognised expertise, for example, in additive manufacturing, nanofabrication and light metals," Professor Smith said.

"The future of manufacturing in Australia is at the high-end, and high-quality research, supporting infrastructure and leadership - such as will be provided by this new precinct - will help the industry evolve and prosper."

Monash University has partnered with CSIRO to establish the Australian Manufacturing and Materials Innovation Precinct at Clayton, which will build on the existing research strengths of the two organisations. The precinct will also capitalise on the impressive research infrastructure that has been established in the area including the Australian Synchrotron, The Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication and New Horizons, which will house CSIRO and University staff.

The AMIP board will be chaired by former Managing Director of Siemens Australia and New Zealand, Albert Goller. It is expected the precinct will be operational by July 2013, with initial services delivered as early as May 2013.